Honesty is a very strong Métis value, and it has a different feel to it than the honesty valued by my European ancestors.  I imagine that most cultures value truthfulness to some degree, and it is in the details of the culture and language that the nuances live.  In Métis culture, the concept of truth is captured in the word Taapwew.  Translated, Taapwew means not just to tell the truth, but to tell the truth as I have experienced it, shifting the meaning away from something that exists on its own, towards something steeped in the grit of lived reality. 

The truth of spring is that as our side of the earth is beginning to lean more towards the sun as it spins in orbit which allows us to warm for a time.  One of the truths of my experience is that “Jackrabbits” let us know when to expect spring.  In fact they are much more reliable than our Southern cousins groundhog and way less fickle.  If you watch carefully, you begin to notice that the ears of our Northern relatives start to turn brown or black much earlier than the rest of their fur.  So when I see a jackrabbit with black ears, I know that warm weather is right around the corner. 

As you move through your week consider how different these two truths feel and breath into your own unique lives and experiences.

Photo by Chris Sharratt on flickr

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.