I love experiences that fill me with a sense of hope and possibility. One such experience is sitting outside in the mountains of my beloved Yakama homeland. I’ll share with you a few of the blessings who surround me:
Breathing in the fresh, crisp forest air, the kind of clean air that lifts your spirits and helps you feel fully alive, awake, and ready for a wonderful day.
Admiring the blankets of tress along the foothills, how strong they are with deep roots who ground them even when strong winds push and pull them with great force.
Greeting sturdy basalt rocks who show their faces, reminding us that strength is all around us if we pause to notice.
Listening to river’s morning song as she makes her travel plans for the day–always journeying toward Nch’i-Wána (Columbia River), blessing many people and places as she goes.
As Aan (Sun) begins to rise, birds also share their morning greetings, perhaps like me they look forward to a morning meal.
I love being here, part of a blessed collective of beings.
I’m filled with gratitude and a sense of hope and possibility.
Photo: Yakama homeland. Credit: Michelle M. Jacob
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