As we wrap up a season and a cycle my teachers are feeling the pull of generational knowledge.  Most of what we know and practice are understandings that have developed over hundreds of years and been passed on from ascended Grandfathers and Grandmothers.  It takes great Koorazh (courage) to push down our own instincts and accept the learning of those who have come before, especially in the face of great social and political challenge.

Like many of our relatives, we are often called to stand alone in the face of adversity and like many of our relatives, we do so from within the strength of our community.  Our old people have lived difficult lives full of risk and hardship in order to maintain every thread of knowledge and custom that they could.  Today we are asked to stand with Koorazh and breathe life into those threads so that our children may weave spectacular families and communities from them.  In essence we are asked to have to have the koorazh to see a future for our children as Métis in this place.

Photo credit is shared among; Federico Di Dio photography, Zdeněk Macháček, Bryan Walker and John Laverty

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.