Biboon Reflections

It is such a blessing to live in Michigami and to be so intimately connected to the seasons. I am overjoyed to welcome and experience another ziigwan (spring). But a part of embracing that transition is looking back to biboon (winter) and reflecting on what that cycle of the medicine wheel was like for me.

I journal just about every day and so when I am reflecting on a certain season, I like to reread previous entries in my journal to see clearly what it was I was thinking, feeling, experiencing, etc. during that time. Rereading entries from this past biboon, a common theme I identify is tapping into the beauty of the present and fully experiencing it for what it is. When the giizis (sun) is so far, like many, I struggle. I can look at the gray, overcast skies and feel gloomy inside. Nonetheless, this winter showed me the sacred, the beauty in the mundane. The season of dreaming invited me to step outside and to feel the frozen ground beneath my feet and to connect. To smudge. To be still. To cleanse. To wonder. To know that everything is as it should be.

A recurring sentence in my journal this past biboon was “Any day now… My answers are coming to me any day now.” This cycle showed me that I do not need to have all of my answers right now. I just need to make note of what I do not know and what I seek to know. Low and behold, my answers have come to me.

Another recurring sentence in my journal is “doing something is better than doing nothing.” While biboon is the season of rest, it is important to not let rest manifest as neglecting to take care of yourself. Sometimes I let myself slip and, on some days, I need to pull it together. It has really helped to reassure myself that “doing something is better than doing nothing.”

Biboon manifests for me as a season that challenges me to get clear about how I experience life. Biboon challenges me to feel the magic and to work through what may be preventing me from experiencing that magic.

I am grateful for the peace and self-growth I was provided with this biboon. The blankets of goon (snow) that protect the ground protected me this biboon. Miigwech, biboon.

Happy ziigwan, readers!


Madison Weingust is a student at Bay Mills Community College.

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