As we near the end of Hunters moon, still moving through difficult and unsettled times, my ancestors draw my attention to our central value of Pishkaymitook. This concept has at its core the nurturing of others. To care for those in our community is not an act of benevolence but one of self preservation. You would not consider it prudent to abandon your arm or leg if it became injured because it is part of you. In the same way, each of us carries knowledge, skills and abilities that are not found in others and our value to the community is immeasurable.
The world ebbs and flows with the seasons and in the times where we shift from ebb to flow the whole universe can feel tenuous and unpredictable. Reaching out to those around us allows us to anchor together, providing stability in the chaos. These times once past, will become the stories of our children, the villains emerging from the loss and the heroes built through every small act of Pishkaymitook.
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.