We held our first council this morning. Council is a important practice of many native cultures. During this experience space and time is set aside for heartfelt community meetings about important topics. As we gathered in our circle, sixth graders help define the four intentions: Speak from the heart, listen from the hear, be spontaneous, and lean with words.
Our council began with a dedication and many students used the opportunity to let the class know individuals (and animals) who need their collective support. Then we went around and responded to the first question: "Right now, what is arising for you as you think about 100 Elk next week." So many students shared their excitement, hesitation, fears, etc. and were received with an open heart. Next, we shifted the focus and I asked the students to look within and think about how they might assist one another. As they talked, it was wonderful for all to know that their classmates created such a supportive "net" as we journey into areas that may be outside of our comfort zone.