In the time before life became so complicated, Kishchitaytamik (Respect) was integrated into all areas of Métis life. Kishchitaytamik for the Creator, Mother Earth, the living world, and oneself was primary to living in a good Métis way. Today we often struggle with even the simplest form of Kishchitaytamik, presence.  Being present is the foundation of mindfulness and one of the most obvious ways that a mindful presence connects to traditional teachings.  Try bringing yourself back to the earth today with a grounding practice.  There are as many approaches to grounding as there are people in the world, but if you need a refresher, try this.

A quick practice is to bring our attention to our breath as it enters and leaves our bodies. After about 10 breaths, we often feel much more connected to our physical selves. Then, as you continue to breath, bring your awareness to the sensations in our bodies, moving slowly but deliberately from your head down to your feet, exploring and inquiring. Remember, no judgement, just acknowledge the space and move on.  Just a few minutes of this can bring us home to bodies and our natural connection to the earth.

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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.