Wow, I cannot tell you how wonderful it has been to resume outdoor group classes. I love seeing people in the flesh! Iâ€™ve even seen some bare feet. I love the beauty and relative warmth of spring. It feels like a homecoming.
The wholeness I feel when I am mindfully outside with others is such a balm for the soul.
Feeling whole, feeling deeply at home, has the power to change everything.
Most of the outdoor classes I teach (dance, qigong, and upcoming series on water), are all influenced by the directive I have heard from many Indigenous water protectors, including Ojibwe water walker Sharon Day, to go to the water every day and build a relationship with the water and land. Without cultivating love of the water in each of us, nothing real will change.
This past month Iâ€™ve been deeply involved in collecting stories about the powerful personal impacts of dedicating time and prayer to ones relationship to the water. Now itâ€™s time for the big reveal!
Iâ€™m so excited to invite you to visit the new art exhibit about Nibi Walks, Indigenous-led water ceremonies that travel the length of a river. It opens May 6 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Reflecting on over 10 years of walks along nearly 10,000 river miles, it is a truly inspiring collection of photos, poetry, stories, and more.
Iâ€™ve been working as an integral part of the curatorial team, and it has been a tremendous opportunity to go even deeper into the water walks. Many walks pass by as a series of photos on social media and this has been a rare opportunity to collect images and stories and create a broader picture of the walks.
When I first walked with the water in 2014 I felt immediately drawn to the practice. Over time, not only do I have a richer relationship with the water, I have learned new ways of being in community and giving and receiving, which has impacted every aspect of my life.
In closing, I offer four lines from the poem Mississippi Waters by Sharon M. Day:
What will I do for love?
For Love is the healing grace
Ingahizitchigay nibi ohnjay
I will do it for the water
I love you,
Curious about water wisdom from within the Christian tradition?
Join me for a three part, outdoor class exploring Living Water, starting Thursday May 6, offered through Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.