Often, our spiritual practices are tied to our culture. This holds true for some Indigenous communities, where ways of being and culture are mixed with spirituality. An example of this is the Medicine Wheel.
The Medicine Wheel is a symbol used by various Indigenous communities that represent Indigenous worldviews. It also represents core spiritual and cultural beliefs. It’s a circle that is divided into 4 different quadrants, with 4 different colours. Different nations have different medicine wheel teachings that align with their beliefs and values. However, each of the 4 quadrants usually symbolizes 4 different attributes.
In some communities these can include:
The Medicine Wheel teaches us that everything on Mother Earth is interconnected. It teaches us that our health is deeply connected to nature and other beings on Earth. We learn that health is about having balance in all 4 states of being.
In other words, our physical health, emotional health, mental health, and spiritual wellbeing are all interconnected. If we have an imbalance in one state of our being, it can cause an imbalance in all the other areas. For example, when we are not feeling well emotionally, it might lead to stress which might have an impact on our sleep. This can lead to negative physical health effects.
In various Indigenous cultures, our spiritual being is defined in relation to its connection with the Creator, Mother Earth, the Universe, and those around us. Below are some tips on how we can apply the principles of the medicine wheel to maintain our spiritual balance, and nourish our spiritual being.
Canadian Bar Association – Lessons of the medicine wheel (cba.org)
Tribal Trade Co – YouTube
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