Sweetgrass – a kindness medicine… has a sweet gentle aroma when we light it… 21 strands to make a braid

the first 7 strands represent those 7 generations behind us… our parents, grandparents… 7 generations behind us.. who we are and what we are is because of them.. theyโ€™ve brushed and made the trails we have been walking up till now… the old people tell us that it takes longer for us to heal today and the reason is because the old trails our ancestors used to use to find us have been destroyed… theyโ€™ve build dams which have destroyed the old trails… theyโ€™ve build towns and cities where the old trails used to be… so now our ancestors are having a harder time trying to find us to help us heal…
the next seven represent the 7 sacred teachings… love, respect, honesty, courage, wisdom, truth, and humility… the old people tell us how simple, powerful and beautiful the teachings are… love- a very simple teaching… respect- a powerful teaching… humility- a beautiful teaching… when we truly understand the teaching of humility… that I am not any better then anyone else and you are not any better then me… that at the end of the day we are all simply human beings… this is what makes this teaching powerful and beautiful… the only thing wrong with the teachings is that we donโ€™t walk them everyday… love is only a 4 letter word… itโ€™s when we walk that love, when we show it, when we live it… thatโ€™s what makes these teachings powerful and beautiful… one other thing we are reminded is that how can we love someone else if we donโ€™t First love ourself… how can we respect another if we donโ€™t First respect ourself… they tell us that the teachings need to first start from within ourself…
the last 7 strands… those 7 generation in front of us… our children, grandchildren… those children yet to be born… why are they important… everything we do to Mother Earth will one day affect them… right now the earth gives us everything and anything we can possibly want to have the life we have… but if we donโ€™t look after her, whatโ€™s going to be left when itโ€™s their turn… the circle thatโ€™s around me today, is that the same circle I want to pass on to them… especially if my circle involves alcohol abuse, drug abuse, family violence, lying, stealing or cheating… sometime itโ€™s up to us to break the cycle… and hopefully replace it with something better …
we put those 3 braids together… they represent yesterday, today and tomorrow… mind, body and spirit…. man, woman and child… man, woman and Creator ….
When my son was born I made him a promise that we wouldnโ€™t cut his hair till he was 7… we cut it 8 years ago, heโ€™s 15 today… but when he was 4 years old he already knew this teaching… because every morning as Iโ€™d get him ready for daycare, Iโ€™d braid his hair… Iโ€™d ask him… Misko what does your braid represent … sweetgrass heโ€™d say… what does sweetgrass represent my boy Iโ€™d ask… kindness heโ€™d say… and what does each of your braids represent my boy… my mind, my body and my spirit was his reply… ok what are you going to do at daycare today my boy Iโ€™d ask… dad!!!! Iโ€™m going to be kind to my mind, my body and my spirit heโ€™d say… awesome my boy!!! Whatโ€™s going to happen if you do that today my boy Iโ€™d ask… heโ€™d say… dad! Iโ€™m going to be STRONG !!!!
You see thatโ€™s the second teaching that comes with this medicine… itโ€™s through our kindness that we are most strong… anybody can raise their fist at anyone else… anyone can use their words to hurt or put someone down… but when we have someone in our face trying to hurt us with their actions or words… and to still love, respect and show that person kindness… that takes a lot of strength !!!! โค๏ธ


By Kindness

Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)