As we look anxiously into the coming spring I am reminded of the importance of the present moment.  Taking the time and pa iksitii (patience) to enjoy the processes of life was a common Métis way of being in the world. These precious last moments of this season have such inherent value, it would be a shame to wish them away with anticipation.  This is the perfect time to appreciate the way in which our world comes back to life under the warm gaze of the sun and feel the gratitude in each moment.

Learning to look, listen, and learn with pa iksitii was a highly valued skill in our communities. Taking the time to think before acting and using prayer before making important decisions was a common aspect of the Métis way and often translated into longer, happier lives. This is a skill that could use a little refreshing in our lives today.  Doing things carefully, mindfully, and purposefully allows us to experience more of the precious time we have been given, while simultaneously serving to make us genuinely happier doing the things that we do.

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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.