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SACRED FIRES, MEDICINE AND MORE

I hope that you were able to greet the day in a good way.

What does that mean, greet the day in a good way?

Well, for me, it means that when I wake up in the morning, I’m conscious that I get to spend another day with my family. It’s another hug from my son, another day to write, another phone call to my grandmother, another day to be grateful. 

Blessings for me are being able to open my eyes and see the sun through the curtains. I’m able to smell the freshly brewed coffee that my husband made and feel the warmth of the fire that he started to keep his family warm. I’m able to hear my son’s voice greet me with a “good morning, mom.” These are the blessings I’m speaking of.

Before I rise out of bed, I take a moment to thank my Creator for those beautiful blessings. I speak to the creator and say how abundantly blessed and grateful I am for these simple gifts. I don’t turn on my phone until I take time to light my sage, give tobacco and feed the birds.

I give myself time to enjoy those blessings before I am bombarded with messages, texts, and the social media world that we love to obsess about. I give myself time to think, give thanks and be grateful. I give myself time to for himself and smile.

It’s a simple practice of gratitude that I have gotten into the habit of doing for quite some time. I enjoy that time alone and now laugh to myself remembering how I used to wonder why our old ones got up at such ungodly hours, before the sun would rise even when they weren’t required to work.  

I get it now. It’s a time to greet the day in a good way. I’m blessed most mornings to watch the sun rise. Regardless of what weather system is occurring or about to occur, I usually get a glimpse of the sun. That’s my medicine for the day; it’s like my own personal sacred fire and I bask in the warmth of its rays, sometimes it’s a few minutes and sometimes it’s just a flicker, but I am grateful for it all.

What I just summarized is a teaching. Gratitude is a beautiful way to start the day. Being thankful for what you have and seeing that, is a teaching. I point that out because it’s been suggested by a few Third readers that some of the content I write about isn’t related to reconciliation.

Thank you for the feedback, by the way, it was well received.

Reconciliation isn’t found in a box; it isn’t the words you read at a meeting to let everyone know they are gathered on unceded L’nu territory. It isn’t a check mark, and it certainly isn’t the one hit wonder drum song you’ve requested for a business event.

Yes, those are all parts of reconciliation and it’s a good start but there is so much more to reconciliation.

If you go through the Truth & Reconciliation, Calls to Action document there is a part in the beginning that says.

Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives-within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces.

Now I ask you to answer this, how are my columns, stories and experiences not related to reconciliation?

Let’s do a quick recap on previous content related to reconciliation.

I have written about forgiveness. That is reconciliation.

I have written about food sovereignty. That is reconciliation.

I have written about kindness. That is reconciliation.

I have written about bravery. That is reconciliation.

I have written about hope. That is reconciliation.

I have written about homelessness. That is reconciliation.

I have written about understanding. That is reconciliation.

I have written about Murdered and Missing Indigenous Peoples. That is reconciliation.

I have written about medicine people. That is reconciliation.

I have written about archaeology. That is reconciliation.

I have written about respect. That is reconciliation.

I have written about two-eyed seeing. That is reconciliation.

I have written about love. That is reconciliation.

If you are unable to find the messages in these columns, then maybe you have more work to do.

How can you honour others if you don’t honour yourself?

How can you integrate reconciliation into your businesses and organizations if you don’t practice reconciliation in your homes?

How can you ask another human to be kind if you are unkind?

How can you take from the land without giving something back?

How can you eat without giving thanks to the animal who gave their life for your nourishment?

How can you judge another without first judging yourself?

Unlearning what you learned about L’nu people is reconciliation.

The things I share in these columns come from my personal journey. They are teachings that I continue to learn daily. They have come from my 47 years of life experience. They are the stories that have been shared with me and have resonated with me. They come from listening and watching people conduct themselves after the spotlight has been turned off.

Walk with Me is my personal journey. It is how I walk in this world, or at least how I try to walk in this world. I stumble like everyone else because I am human.

I have never been, nor will I ever be that token Indian, L’nu guru or designated go to Mi’kmaq who tells you what you need to do, say, or hear to make yourself feel better about how you conduct your business, or yourself.

I can only write about my experiences and let you look in; I allow you to reflect on my experiences and teachings so that you can ask yourself some interesting questions about your life and how you walk day to day. I allow you into my life to see my vulnerability because that’s how we learn from one another, and that’s a privilege.

These columns allow you to think for yourself.  Quite frankly, it is up to you to take or leave the teachings just as do when I come across them.

When I was asked to write for the Third, I agreed, on the condition that I could write about reconciliation in my own way, without the content being editing because reconciliation doesn’t come from a book.

It comes from life experiences, friendships, stories, laughter, and tears shared over tea. Reconciliation comes from growing, learning, and listening. It’s about how you treat people, how you react in situations and how you carry yourself.

Sure, I could write about each of the 94 Calls to Action and give you my opinion, but that’s just my opinion. I am not the all-knowing guru L’nu who can give you all the answers you seek about L’nu teachings, practices, language and culture.

If you’re looking for that individual, I’m sure you can find them at, 1-888-LNU-GURU, they have all the answers you need. I’m still in the learning phase and will continue to learn until I take my last breath.

I am a beautiful L’nu, human, woman, mom, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, who happens to have a beautiful gift to write. If I can help people to be kinder to themselves so they can be kinder to others that’s a bonus. 

Our creator asks us to love one another, asks us to be kind to one another, asks us to be brave for one another and asks us to look within to be better humans so we can be better humans to others.

That’s what Walk with Me is about. I’m grateful that you have walked this far with me. See you next week.

 

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