Hoar frost is the result of the warm breath of the air falling on the already frozen world. This thirteenth moon of the year is known as Hoar Frost Moon because of the beauty it creates in the marriage of land and sky. Similarly, Métis people are the children of two distinct cultures, a beauty born in the marriages of newcomers and First Peoples. For my Scottish and European ancestors, this week is a time of great transition. In days past they would use this time to clean out the dust and debris of the last year, welcoming new life and lessons into fresh spaces. On the other side, my Indigenous ancestors would be settling in to deep reflection, incorporating the lessons of the seasons into their daily lives. As the children of these peoples, we work to create balans (balance) in our understanding of the worlds around and within us by accepting the gifts of both.
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.