Gratitude-Tlazokamati- to community and building. Gratitude-Tlazokamati- to time spent alone to recharge. i am so lucky to be where i am today. i have my basic needs met and i get to build in community in so many magical ways. It wasn't always this way. This is years, a decade at least, in the making. Like many indigenous, colonized people, my path has been winding and full of obstacles. some were self-made, but if we are to speak honestly, the majority of them were and are systemic.
we cannot live in north america and not acknowledge that we are on occupied land. we cannot move through this society built out of settler colonization, and not acknowledge the painful loss of those that suffered before us to make this place, this reality. many among us still suffer. this is the pain we must feel in order for us to heal. thank you for taking the time and making the space to feel it. it isn't enough for us to acknowledge and feel. we must act. we must do what we feel called to do to make it right. i invite you to join me in community to rebuild together.
today i ask you to join me in committing to acknowledge the festering sores inflicted on our ancestors, committed by our ancestors. examine the extent of the damaged rotting tissue and really understand how dire the conditions are. some parts will only need to be disinfected and patched up and allowed to heal, other parts may need scraping and packing and constant attention and monitoring to ensure infection doesn't set in again. some parts will need to be cut out all together, amputated.
are you ready to put the greater health of the whole ahead of the fear of missing a piece? we can't do this alone. nothing grows in a vacuum. we can't carry the burden alone. some among us have been doing more work than others of us. some of us need rest while others need to stretch past the poking stick and roll up their sleeves to dig deep into the mire.
Community is all around you. the people who live near you, who resemble you, your blood family and chosen family. i caution you to not limit yourself to community circles that are exclusively human. stretch and build community with the plants in your spheres and animals that share space not just in your home, but in your environment. consider your ally and accomplice pool to be bigger than us bipeds. consider how they play into your community, and how you are contributing to theirs. Are you doing more harm than good? sometimes taking care of a plant or animal can help us to better understand how we can better relate to our human counter parts. when we become stewards, we find out better our place and role and we can learn more.
tomorrow September 27th is the quarter moon, an opportunity for us to examine the contents of our containers and decide what we want to accomplish with what lessons we have accumulated this far into the year. be clear with yourself, concise with your intention and follow through.
Noxtin Nomecoyotzin~All of our relations~Solidarity