Thanksgiving. A national holiday celebrated across America this week. Commemorating the feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrim colonists who gave thanks to God for the harvest and their health.
Setting time aside to give thanks for our blessings – wherever we are, whatever the time of year – is central to all traditions, cultures and spiritual practice.
There are few things more powerful for lifting our spirits than to give thanks, to show appreciation.
Showing gratitude is an act of connection. The quality of being thankful, showing appreciation, expressing gratitude makes us feel good. Literally.
Scientists can measure the positive changes in biochemistry that occur – in the giver and the receiver. And more. It is now known that we also feel good witnessing an act of gratitude.
We do not need a feast or ceremony. Often this is not the way. We can give thanks simply, frequently, as we go about our day.
We begin by being open. Allowing that our lives are full of reasons to be thankful, even in the darkest of times. Taking time to notice what is around us.
Our days are full of possibility. We all live surrounded by people; we interact with tens, hundreds of others every day. From simple, everyday things and the seemingly more significant acts.
And let’s not confine our experience to the human realm. Nature is patiently present, showing up every day. Notice and give thanks. To that which is meaningful to you – the sun, moon, ocean, river, trees, the air we breathe, the food we eat…
Give thanks to God, spirit, the field of universal energy that unites all.
This practice becomes a natural habit. And the practice grows. As we become habituated to appreciation and gratitude, more and more shows up that prompts our gratitude. The adage “that which we focus on, we get more of” comes into play.
An act of self-love we can all practice is to reflect and give thanks just before sleep.
Thank you for reading.
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