I am Apsaalooke.
I am Selis.
I am Anishinabe.
They are all different but the same in that each one, has time during which people focus their prayers for the coming year.
I wait all winter for this night. Every holiday is just one moment closer to me making changes, making offerings, want to share my prayers for you and with you.
I am committed, without fail, to this moment.
There are songs that can only be heard at this time of year. A few nights ago, they were in my sleep with me. Letting me know, that they were here now.
In the dark, waiting for our wishes, our sorrows, our worries and our dreams.
That it is time to smudge away what is left of this year and to kick my dirt, my earth, my ancestors forward, not back.
There is a lot of good to reflect on and to propel those wishes forward. There is much sorrow that sits with me and I want to leave it behind.
To see the good in you,
to see the good in me.
To build my people
My family reminds me through this process--not to just ask things to be taken away, but to also ask for what I want to replace them.
health, family, wellness, strength, security, prosperity,joy, peace and forgiveness.
say your wants, your needs, your wishes, your prayers and your deeds.
your universe is listening.