In the Métis way, taashkinikayen (sharing) your gifts and abundance with others was a vital part of living. Children were taught to give from the heart freely and openly.  This value continues to be a big part of our communities today.  It is believed that the more you give from the heart, the more you will receive and when you give in a good way, the good comes back to you fourfold. To reinforce this type of generosity, Métis people were taught to give away even their most treasured possessions, a reminder that the material world is only one aspect of the greater vision. 

Today, we honour our ascended relatives by remembering that taashkinikayen is about more than just the physical aspects of our world.  It is a rare day when we do not connect with other people, even in the pandemic we connect via zoom and email.  Taashkinikayen our thoughts and energy with others is a part of these interactions as well and when words stand alone, without us to soften them, they can feel sharp and thoughtless. 

Be mindful this week in your taashkinikayen and know that by giving your best energy, you are creating a better world.

To practice taashkinikayen this week, begin each day with 5 minutes of quiet.

  • Find a comfortable space, find your breath and sit quietly, acknowledging the space it fills in your body. Follow it in, and follow it our for about 5 breaths.
  • Then as you begin to feel yourself relax, imagine that as you inhale you draw in positive energy, and as you exhale, that positive energy flows to all the people you love.
  • Continue sharing positive energy for a few minutes before you come back to your own breath and body.
  • As you lift your mind to your day, remember that you are filled with more positive energy than you could possibly need, and share it in every communication.

Today’s photo courtesy of Canva Pro

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.