Filling Our Baskets is a Haudenosaunee take on Building Our Bundle, led by Indigenous youth workers and community members from Six Nations! Weekly sessions include cultural teachings, mental health skills, mindfulness practices, and activities to support individuals in their wellness journey. This season will be focused on Haudenosaunee teachings and practices as a way to fill up our baskets!
This week, we learned about gratitude and the creation story. We started week one off with a gratitude meditation to remind us of the things that we are grateful for. We then learned about the creation story and how the good twin and not-so-good twin created a balance within the world. The idea of having a balance in your life is something to be grateful for. Feeling a sense of peace and content can be an indication on having balance in your life.
This week, our theme was healthy relationships. We started our session off with a body scan to help everyone become attuned with themselves to start thinking about their healthy relationships and boundaries. For our cultural teaching, we discussed the clan system and how that can give us an idea of what a healthy relationship can look like. Finally, we shared an activity for all our members to complete. This was a journaling activity to help participants think about the healthy relationships in their lives and what they mean to them.
This week, our session of Filling Our Baskets was around self-care. In this session, we started with a mindfulness body scan to allow us to connect with ourselves. Our cultural teaching included a story about a woman who continued to give thanks despite hardships in her life. We discussed the importance of giving thanks each day we wake up and each time we go to sleep. Finally, we engaged in a activity where we learned about the PEASED skill which is a skills that helps us ensure we maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This week, the theme was creating balance within our lives. In this session, we started off with a visualization meditation to help create peace within. Our cultural teaching was about the journey of the peacemaker and how he traveled to each of the five nations to create peace amongst them. For our activity, we encouraged you all to fill out the Life Balance Wheel. This skill allows us to see where we put most of our energy and what we need to do to spend more time with other things.
This week, we encouraged participants to ask any questions and share their thoughts about everything talked about and learn the past few weeks. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our participants for being such active and engaging contributors, as well as eager learners to the weekly sessions. Everyone had something unique and special to bring to the group and we had a very memorable time with each one of our participants.