The old people remind me that community isn’t something they were taught.  They were not told to gather wood or light a fire, but they gathered wood and lit fires to help each other feel warmth.  Summer is a time of abundance and work, but our love and respect for one another welcomes an opportunity to contribute.  Community isn’t a lesson to be learned, and it is only achieved when our gratitude for the sacrifices of the other is steeped in the understanding of both the necessity and the enormity of them.

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.