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  • Writer's pictureCadence Moffat McCann

Tending Relationship with Ancestors

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.

Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” - Linda Hogan

I want to talk about ancestors.

We all have ancestors. It’s a very fact of our existence.

Sacred beings, incarnated in human form, that walked the Earth before us.

We carry them in our bodies, our breath, our bones.

The majority of my ancestors are from Europe. A small percent are from Turtle Island.

There are burdens and blessings that have been passed down to us by all our ancestors.

I hope one day I can heal enough that my ancestors will walk together in harmony.

Most likely, our ancestors have been responsible for inflicting harm

and have also been on the receiving end of such harm.

The motto on my family crest means “Virtue thrives under oppression.”

I hope one day I can heal enough to reconcile this conflict within myself.

We need to continually tend to those that came before us.

We need to listen to their profound wisdom and surrender to their guidance.

I hope one day I can be humble enough to remember my ancestors

and embody them in a way that makes them proud.

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