In a traditional Métis understanding of the world, each season comes with specific teachings.  In the time of first contact with other cultures on turtle island, the medicine wheel was created as a tool to help outsiders understand our way of looking at and being in the world.  Every nation has its own version of the wheel because each of our nations has different customs, protocols and understandings. The medicine wheel begins its teachings in the East. 

The East, represents the rising sun, new beginnings, new life and the re-awakening of mother earth.  As the area of physical life and learning, the East celebrates the four gifts of life: speech, mobility, vision, and hearing.  Spring is when we begin to reawaken those senses to the world around us.  The gentle spring winds gift us the sights and songs of our relatives as they begin the work of starting anew. 

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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.