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Immersing Ourselves in Gratitude
Embodying a deep connection with the elements of Mother Earth, Grandmother Mona Polacca invites us to walk through life’s journeys with gratitude for every experience we meet. When we reawaken the childlike wonder that lives in each of us, we become rejuvenated with curiosity, interest and appreciation. We can feel gratitude for all of nature’s gifts as well as the unique journeys of our ancestors who have laid the groundwork before us. We can create awareness for the importance of doing things for the benefit of all.
Grandmother Mona, a Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa elder, has a Master of Social Work degree. She serves on several United Nations' committees on Indigenous people's issues and is a featured author, speaker and educator on Indigenous people's human rights, aging, mental health, addiction and violence. She is also the president/CEO and faculty of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit program that promotes a vision of wellness by providing transcultural training to individuals, families and healthcare professionals. "Indigenous people have come through a time of great struggle, a time of darkness. The way I look at it is like the nature of a butterfly. In the cocoon, a place of darkness, the creature breaks down into a fluid and then a change, a transformation, takes place. When it is ready and in its own time, it begins to move and develop a form that stretches and breaks away from this cocoon and emerges into this world, into life, as a beautiful creature. We grandmothers, we have emerged from that darkness, see this beauty, see each other and reach out to the world with open arms, with love, hope, compassion, faith and charity."
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