As I walk across the prairie I can see the Sage beginning to push its way towards the sun.  Every dip and depression in the earth seemingly erupting with the familiar but sacred silver green leaves, and as I contemplate its purpose, I am grateful for the abundance.

One of our four sacred medicines, prairie sage is known as a woman’s medicine for many reasons. It is often used to symbolize the life-giving power of women because of its natural gift for the healing of mind, body and spirit, as well as balancing energies.  In my understanding, only women and children gather Sage as it is more respectful to the plant’s feminine energy. 

Women were the first teachers of the laws of reciprocity.  Those first lessons remind us to only take what we need and to be cautious that we leave our relative with the ability to continue to give to others.  Within this same teaching is the understanding that we must communicate in the same way that we harvest.  With gentle reverence for our relatives, we ask permission and offer tobacco, or some other gift in return.  Sage holds the relationships of the prairie and is connected to all of our other plant relatives, so the energy that we share with Sage is shared by all.  It communicates by offering strength, wisdom, and clarity of purpose so that when we connect with the creator or our relatives, we can do it in a good way.

As a smudge, Sage is used to prepare people for ceremonies and teachings. Smoke from the sage plant is used for purification of mind, body and spirit and sacred articles in advance of prayers and ceremonies as well as clearing what is troubling the mind and cleansing negative energy.  As the smoke rises, our prayers rise with it to the Spirit World where the Grandmothers, Grandfathers and our Creator gather together in support.

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.