The first paragraph is a lovely articulation of indigenous place and belief.
"In writing this article we acknowledge our place in Creation, the Ancestors who have gone before, and the teachings they left with us for the benefit of the future generations. We acknowledge the sacred gifts of the earth, the air, the fire and the water that give life and sustain us. We acknowledge the minerals, plants, animals and the humans are our relatives. We acknowledge the traditional ancestor territories in which we visit, work and live. We honor where our original ancestors; linages come from, and the first they offer in our lives as the continue to direct our intention to reflect our spiritual teachings in practice."
|The depths of the sea are only water after all |
by Michelle Kingdom
The program works to support restoration of these connections, both within the singular body, but also within the community body. This involves a practices of compassion of one's self. It is "lived out in an attitude of kindness towards oneself - there is nothing to fix, one just allows one's body-spirit to do what it need to do at any particular moment." That statement gives me chills and I have been thinking about it ever since. I get so caught up in the exercise of self improvement and focusing on my flaws that sometimes overwhelms. This thought is so other to me. When I grew up I was never good enough (Jesus sees all that stuff you do) and you don't work to be nice to yourself. You don't deserve kindness. It was like a weight lifted when I read that sentence. I can just be ok in this moment with nothing to fix.
The paper goes on to describe some of the exercises they do to embed these thoughts including visualizations to send acceptance and compassion to parts of the body that need it, mindfulness, grounding to increase connection to the earth, singing to increase awareness of breath and body work to reverse patterns of disassociation. In this phase of the program they also talk about the medicines and the give and take nature of that relationship. I never thought of this aspect on the medicines. This is something I need to learn more about and I appreciated this little introduction. I am going to try and find some other work by these authors. Both the tone and the practicality of the paper were good. I really appreciated these teachings they shared.
In speaking about female sacredness, I was told by an elder (I forget her name), that I was to serve Sophie's food to her during her moon time. I had mentioned this to Sophie a couple of times, but mostly we both forgot. However, this morning when I asked her to make her lunch she told me she couldn't. My initial reaction was annoyance, but I made it and was both glad she remember and pleased to take part in this everyday ceremony of female sacredness with her. It gladness my heart to see her connecting with these practices of our ancestors and hopefully learning a more positive view of their bodies as women. What do you do for yourself during this time?