“In my culture it’s a fact, and an understanding of life, that everything is connected, and we were put on this earth to be stewards and caretakers of the environment.” -Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Tla’Amin First Nation
For the Day 1 of World Interfaith Harmony Week, our first mission, Agents, is to honor our ancestors!
Indigenous peoples maintain ancient traditions that recognize the essential importance of honoring one’s ancestors, and sending them thankfulness for our very lives. By honoring our ancestors, we connect more fully to ourselves, to the legacy of life within us, and to those members of the Human Family all around us sharing the gifts of Mother Earth.
Begin today’s mission by simply placing your feet upon the Earth… Feel the Earth come up to knowingly meet you, to hold, support, and ground you. Imagine roots extending from your feet deep into Mother Earth like a tree.
Now, begin to feel the pulse of your countless ancestors who have each also walked upon the very same good Earth surging through your body. Imagine your ancestors are also holding you, imagine that they have always been there, singing your name.
Next, look up to Father Sky. Open your palms, eyes and heart to connect the sky and let all that is up there soak into you. Like leaves absorbing the rejuvenating trickle of sunlight from our Sun, feel the expansiveness of the cosmos pouring into your entire body, illuminating every part of your spirit.
Once you feel connected in this special state of being, do you feel the wells of gratitude for all those who have come before you? Allow this feeling to spread outward, across the planet. Use this energy to wish for peace, safety, and happiness for of all your human relatives who share this great journey of life with you.
By honoring our ancestors, we celebrate the unseen links that bond us to all people on our beautiful Mother Earth. By connecting to this reality, it becomes natural to want to offer a prayer of gratitude to those spirits who have come before us so that we can live today, and to those around us.