I am taught through stories and lessons that we have a natural desire to work and contribute.  The old people believe that engaging in our labours in a positive manner builds our character and infuses our products with the energy needed to sustain us.  The Métis work ethic is rooted in hard work and survival, and defined by the concept of wahkootowin.  It is within wahkootowin, the understanding of relationship and reciprocity, that the true value of summer labours can be found.  As you lean into your work allow yourself to experience the sensations of your efforts and the joy that comes from supporting your communities and relations.

This post’s Photo by Tracy 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.