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The Teaching of Wisdom is the Gift of The Beaver

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The Teaching of Wisdom is the Gift of the Beaver!

January marks a time for new beginnings; a time of year to set intentions for the year ahead. At WDS we are kicking off our year by focusing on the  sacred teaching of Wisdom represented by the Beaver.  This month we will inquire about how our healthy bodies impact our healthy brains.  Teachers and students will engage in the social and emotional teaching and learning surrrounding brain health and skills and strategies focusing on self regulation and mental wellness.  Staff will be involved in professional learning regarding this and will be creating  learning activities including daily announcements and curricular activities that focus on brain health.  We are setting our intentions around practicing positive mindfulness, self regulation and acceptance of others.  We want to be wise and build upon our existing knowledge to develop more knowledge about the world around us.  The Seven Sacred teachings guide us to be like the  Beaver.
The teaching of Wisdom is the gift from the Beaver. The biggest difference between Wisdom and Knowledge is that Wisdom is gained through life experience whereas knowledge is to know the difference and accept responsibility and accountability. The Beaver reminds us to always use sound judgment and to recognize our differences and those of others in a kind and respectful way.  The Beaver reminds us to continuously observe the life of all things around us and to listen with clarity and a sound mind and use our own inner wisdom to discern what may be true for us. 
We must also remember to listen and use the wisdom that has been provided by our Elders and Spiritual leaders as this wisdom has been acquired over a long period of time and contains many life experiences. Wisdom comes in all shapes, sizes, forms, and ages, so we need to practice open mindfulness and consideration of others opinions.  
The Beaver shows us to use our individual gifts that help contribute to the building of a community. The Beaver's example of using his sharp teeth for cutting trees and branches to build its dams and lodges expresses this teaching. If it did not use its teeth, the teeth would continue to grow until they became useless, ultimately making it impossible for the beaver to sustain itself. The same can be said for human beings. One's spirit and mind will grow weak if it is not fulfilling its use.
The beaver also uses its gifts to help alter its environment in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way for the benefit of its breed. The Beaver reminds us that when one pollutes the water, one breaks the law of nature which impacts humans negatively.
There is so much that the Beaver has to teach us. It is important to remember that each of our life's experiences has provided us with wisdom needed to get us where we are today. May the Beaver help remind you to stay connected to your own inner wisdom and to always remain open to gaining more knowledge.  I challenge you this month to allow yourself to learn and live by your wisdom; keep a positive mind set; live by your experiences and acccept those around you.
Mrs.  Spagnolo

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6502 58 St NW Calgary, AB, T3A 2C8
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