Last summer I had the opportunity to spend time with Maori people, an indigenous New Zealand tribe with ancient roots. The Maori are well educated and very adept in the 3-D world. They are also highly spiritual, and intentional about preserving their language, their beliefs, and their heritage. The Maori are very connected to the Earth.
The Maori I met were very warm and welcoming, and my time with them was life altering. One of my most memorable experiences was in a Maori preschool. An elder shared that the purpose of the Maori preschool is to discover and nurture each child’s unique gifts. Each child is cherished.
The children were charming, and their joy unbridled. That morning they were learning about the Goddess of the Mist. The lesson was in Maori, so I didn’t understand the words, but it didn’t matter. The children sang and danced and welcomed us as old friends.
One of my traveling companions echoed my thoughts as she quietly declared, ‘In my next life, I want to grow up Maori.’
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