This week’s moon is known to my ancestors as the Great Moon.  My understanding is that it is known as the great moon because throughout this moon, we are filled with hope for the coming spring and the start of a new cycle.  In this time, la fors (strength) of our people was being tested immensely.  Food reserves were often depleted after a long winter and people were yearning to spend more time outside.  Our four legged relatives were also feeling the seasonal shifts and often moved less during this moon, saving their energy for spring. During such hunger and restlessness, Elders and storytellers were tasked with sharing their most exciting and adventurous stories to keep everyone engaged.

Today’s photo courtesy of  Evan Leith on Unsplash

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.