La Leun Calendar

Welcome to a new (old) perspective.  This calendar prioritizes the lunar phases over our more common calendar, while keeping enough of the common understandings to keep you grounded.  The Moons are from a prairie Cree understanding and the teachings from my Métis/Michif teachers.  The calendar begins with the new Spring Moon, which is where it feels natural for some of the first peoples of Turtle Island (North America).

The Teachings of Our Relatives

At this point in the week, you should be able to see the beginnings of the Feather Moulting moon in your night sky.  This teaching can be applied throughout our lives but seems so very relevant our current context.  During this moon, fledglings shed their baby feathers to make room for those that will give them flight.  This month we can take the opportunity to let go of the things that no longer serve us, so that we can learn to see the world in a new and more inclusive way.

The old people do not discuss reconciliation much with me, it is not their word or their concept.  The word itself is rooted in the process of two people or groups in a conflict agreeing to make amends or come to a truce, which indicates a level of equity or at least equality.  This balance of power has never existed between our peoples, and therefore the colonial concept of reconciliation is troubling for many.

As humans, we have always looked to the more experienced amoung us for guidance.  The world we live in needs healing and our teachers are waiting to show us the way.  Shed the colonial mindset that tells you only humans have knowledge and value, and make room for the growth of a new way of seeing the world that allows for the lessons of our relatives. 

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This is part of a series of mindfulness prompts that are based in Métis teachings. Each weekly post has an image specifically designed to fit the lock-screen on your phone. The idea is that you can make mindfulness easy, effective and beautiful all at the same time. Placing each new image on your lock screen serves to keep it in the front of your mind while the week allows you enough time to lean into the learning.

The Summer Sun

As we move into the summer season, the world itself is beginning to open up around us and I am reminded that for my Cree ancestors, the summer element is fire.  With the summer solstice sun at its peak, we are nourished by the fire that sustains it.  All of our relatives gather the sun’s strength and each in their own way, turn it into growth.

 There is so much more to fire than nourishment though.  Your inner fire is the fierce, driving force that does that hard work of accomplishing your dreams and goals, and it is the fierce driving force that can consume you and those around you. 

Summer is the time to acknowledge the fire and recognize the sacred purpose of it.

Summer is the time to feed the fire so that it has the power it needs to sustain us for the coming challenges.

And summer is also the time to respect the fire and its ability to consume everything in its path by directing and managing this spectacular inner resource.

Summer is the time to recognize and celebrate the sustaining fire that has brought us here and feed the fire that will carry us forward.

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This is part of a new series of mindfulness prompts that are based in Métis teachings as I know them. They do not represent every teaching, only my interpretation of the teachings I have been gifted.  Each weekly post will be an image specifically designed to fit the lock-screen on your phone. The idea is that you can make mindfulness easy, effective and beautiful all at the same time. Placing each new image on your lock screen will hopefully keep it in the front of your mind and allow you enough time to lean into the learning.

Cycles of Our Relatives

Welcome to Egg Laying Moon.  It may seem odd that I always use a fox or coyote image for egg laying moon, until you open yourself up to the full cycles of our relatives.  All of our relatives are beginning to have their young at this time and while the birds are diligently watching their eggs, many of our other relatives are looking for nutritious meals to sustain their own little ones.  While egg laying moon emphasizes the patience it takes to support growth, it also highlights our tentative reliance on the lives and sacrifices of others to survive.

The warmer weather has brought an explosion of life and activity among our awakening relatives and we have all begun the work cultivating and preparing for longer days ahead.  Spring is often a frenetic chaos of reconnection to land and relatives that brings us immediately back to the present.  Now that the thunder beings have been welcomed back to the territory, it is time to settle into summer ceremonies.

This week also marks the summer solstice.  This transition reminds us to celebrate the nourishing light of the sun as well as the energy within every living thing.  During the summer solstice the sun reaches its highest point and gives us the longest day of the year.  But this is not the energy of spring, this is the grounding and sustaining energy of the summer.

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This is part of a series of mindfulness prompts that are based in Métis teachings. Each weekly post has an image specifically designed to fit the lock-screen on your phone. The idea is that you can make mindfulness easy, effective and beautiful all at the same time. Placing each new image on your lock screen serves to keep it in the front of your mind while the week allows you enough time to lean into the learning.

Take what you need

The work on this page is my passion, and where I borrow, I give thanks.  Borrow what you need, share as often as you can, but let my name travel with my words so that the voice remains authentic.

This season, we have seen our world, our mother, take a long awaited and much needed deep breath of her own.  The birds sing louder, the four leggeds roam more freely and the scent of warming cedar has the space to reach our noses.

I am filled with gratitude for all that each of you has sacrificed to bring in this spring and cannot wait to learn a new way to be together that allows the world its continued breath.

Tracy

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