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Teachings from the Tree of Life, part 12: The Healing Dance

Mamoominike-giizis (Ricing Moon) (August 1, 2022)

Updated: August 1, 2023

"Lifting the Spirit" Painting by Zhaawano Giizhik.
"Lifting the Spirit" ©2023 Zhaawano Giizhik.



It's OK. Don't be too hard on yourself. Realizing where the anger comes from - and not letting the shame press too hard on you - is winning half of the battle. Those who know your heart will look through the anger you sometimes display and accept you for who you are. Realizing this will also help you to control it and reduce it.

See it a as dancing in a circle of awareness, forgiving, and healing. It takes time to finish the dance, before your steps turn full circle - back to where you started, but without the toxic self-hatred that has been holding you hostage ever since you can remember. As you dance, think of an eagle feather that lifts your spirit and relieves your pain. You will develop healthier coping skills with each dance step and eventually find yourself in a state of mind where the self-loathing and shame have gone, and you will be able to finally breathe. It's like coming out of a sweat lodge, really.

So, put on your jingle dress, pick up a feather, and start dancing. Keep dancing and you will be OK.

> Read the next part in the series: Living the Mashkikiikewin Life.


Illustration: "Lifting the Spirit" ©2023 Zhaawano Giizhik.

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