As a community we came together to bring happiness, love and light to those in need that many of us take for granted; tooth paste, socks, gloves, hygiene products. Our experience at Odeyto filled my heart in ways that had me wondering about the way I go about my life. The 28 ribs inside Odeyto which symbolizes the complete lunar cycle left a child in complete amazement. “This is amazing!” As I watched a child glare at a beautiful indigenous piece of art work, another child recognized the scared medicines and made a connection to our forest school. As I listened and observed the magic that was happening around me I began to wonder what this experience truly meant to the children. As the children stomped through CITE to see the circle of indigenous knowledge which reflects many stories and teachings, was when I recognized the need to slow down and be present. I stopped trying to capture the moments in a picture instead I observed and opened my heart. I stopped over thinking of what to do next, and instead waited to see what was next. Most important I put down my ego and expectations, and stayed true to my feelings and beliefs without judgement or concern of others around me. This approach took me weeks to reflect on, which then brought me to the understanding of how I allowed my ego and expectations to cloud over before seeing the light. It was a day filled with community and gratitude. We speak about reflection quite often and use the term freely but I wonder what reflection, process and mindfulness truly means to others. When we share genuine feelings and become vulnerable though our experiences I believe we reach a point of true, honest genuine love, respect, kindness, humility, wisdom,honesty and bravery.
How have you allowed your biases and ego to cloud your true thoughts and feelings?