The reading “Indigenous Minds” may be interpreted in a variety of ways, but I think the overall message was rather simple and clear; that we are a part of the world we live in, not here to destroy it, but to nurture it as it does for us. As well, I liked how Twotrees said we were a detail in the larger picture, there is something greater beyond us and we as humans think we already know everything, but we are so wrapped up in our own lives that it clouds our vision of the greater whole we are a part of. The land teaches us. I believe that just as we inherit our land from our ancestors, we are also borrowing it from future generations. Janice brought some wonderful insight into her native culture and what it means to have an ‘indigenous mind,’ we all have it, but perhaps we don’t quite know how to be in touch with it. Maybe we need to just stop, take a breath, look around, and absorb the beauty around us and feel embraced by nature. I labelled this post ‘Transformative Minds’ because our thoughts and feelings are constantly in flux, we are constantly learning and growing and experiencing new things.. it takes a solid effort but we can transform our thinking and tune into our indigenous minds, we cannot always be in that mindset 24/7 as external forces continue to draw us out, but it’s a part of us, and when we feel empty or in despair… our indigenous mind is there to remind us we are a part of something, we have a purpose, this earth is abundant and life-giving.. and when we take the time out of our busy schedules to express gratitude for the abundant lives we live, we can transform ourselves and the way we see and interact with our environment.
to be continued..