At this point in the week, you should be able to see the beginnings of the Feather Moulting moon in your night sky. This teaching can be applied throughout our lives but seems so very relevant our current context. During this moon, fledglings shed their baby feathers to make room for those that will give them flight. This month we can take the opportunity to let go of the things that no longer serve us, so that we can learn to see the world in a new and more inclusive way.
The old people do not discuss reconciliation much with me, it is not their word or their concept. The word itself is rooted in the process of two people or groups in a conflict agreeing to make amends or come to a truce, which indicates a level of equity or at least equality. This balance of power has never existed between our peoples, and therefore the colonial concept of reconciliation is troubling for many.
As humans, we have always looked to the more experienced amoung us for guidance. The world we live in needs healing and our teachers are waiting to show us the way. Shed the colonial mindset that tells you only humans have knowledge and value, and make room for the growth of a new way of seeing the world that allows for the lessons of our relatives.
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.