Part of being Métis in my family is having many different stories that come from many different peoples.  One of those stories is about the thunder beings.  Almost every First Nation on Turtle Island has knowledge and understandings associated with this warm weather phenomenon, so it is hard to tell which ancestor in particular this one came from.  Regardless, I will share what I know, so that you too can move forward with some understanding.

Our teachings are always shared in story so that they can be used with all ages and developmental stages.  On top of that, the lessons are layered and fluid to reflect an ancient and continuing body of knowledge.  As such, the knowledge that I share is always just a representation of what I have learned up to this point and not a complete understanding.

Many of my relatives begin the ceremonial season with the return of the Thunder Beings.  It is believed their return (which also marks the beginning of Spring) can bring an extraordinary celebration of life – migrating animals and birds reappear, buffalo emerge from their winter camps, hibernating creatures wake, and the plants and flowers began to bloom.

Thunder Beings are said to have the power to give life, but also take it away. They can destroy with the wind, cause flood and drought, or burn with lightening; but at the same time, they can also renew and bring the vital rains and nurture all life on earth.  There are many lessons to be learned from the Thunder Beings, one such lesson is the state of our own energies. We are each responsible for the energy that we put into the world.  When I wake up and begin my day with gratitude, my day is filled with reasons to be grateful. 

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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.