As the Frog moon reaches it’s fullest expression and the rains continue to fall, I am reminded of the Pishkaymitook (caring) lessons. The full moon has long been a reminder to women that we have community. Whether you simply take five minutes to yourself or engage in a complete full moon ritual, grandmother moon gathers and reflects feminine energy. As I watch the world unfold under a gentle rain, I remeber that the Pishkaymitook lessons are not limited to caring for oneself.
It is our Métis way to look out for each other, we learn from an early age to watch and listen so that we may know where we are needed. Pishkaymitook cannot be separated from the other values like love and respect but is an active word. There is an expectation that Pishkaymitook is an energetic expression of those concepts. Like the young person who brings tea or ensures that everyone has some where to sit, we fill in the spaces for each other.
Our relatives also engage in caring for one another. I have seen a horse gather cattle on her own accord when she smelled a big cat and a wild dog shelter kittens in the cold. My favourite plant story is the one about the three sisters: corn, beans and squash. While the corn grows tall to provide purchase for the beans, the squash spreads out on the ground keeping the soil damp for their roots. This story reminds us that our plant relatives care for each other and work together to be the best versions of themselves.
In all of these examples, Pishkaymitook is an active expression of energy that is intended to benefit a living thing, both inside and outside oneself.
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.