"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~ John F. Kennedy
Thanksgiving traditionally is an elaborate celebration of food, family, friends and blessings. Like clockwork we come together at this time; some people with excess and others with little to spare. Many have their thoughts firmly on all the Black Friday specials and the looming holiday season while others enjoy the nostalgic memories of the season and of course the food.
It is a communion of sorts, never mind the questions of historical accuracy. This year with many more Americans in poverty than before and a record number out of work, thanksgiving may be pretty slim for some.
Americans are giving however and various charities, missions, food kitchens and family homes are open to the less fortunate. Here are the websites for both the Los Angeles Mission and the Orange County Rescue Mission that traditionally serve free Thanksgiving meals: http://www.rescuemission.org/ and http://www.losangelesmission.org/Events/Thanksgiving.aspx
The true words of the season are ‘thanks’ and ‘giving.’ If we are aware; we have learned to be thankful for the good that has come to us and gracious in our giving and sharing. Gratitude is one of the greatest gifts that we have as humans. It opens the heart and restores faith.
"Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life." ~ Christiane Northrup
The 7 Gifts of Gratitude
When we are grateful or thankful it actually opens up our heart chakras or spiritual centers. This chakra invigorates our entire body and energetic system which in turn allows us to receive more universal chi or healing energy. In a way you can think of it like the 'Grinch' in How the Grinch Stole Christmas when his heart grew larger except it is only in energy form for us. But really, feeling thankful actually does make you feel better.
Gratitude allows us to feel calm inside. It puts focus on what is in the here now and from that we can gather some comfort. When we have more peace there is of course less anxiety amongst us.
When we are thankful for what we have and were we are at, it allows our minds and spirits to have a starting ground for something different. With that assurance we can now believe, and trust that things will shift.
When we appreciate what we have we can also begin to understand what some do not have and how they get by. This can open us to greater empathy and concern for others and to begin to find ways for all to have greater abundance.
Giving thanks is like the rain. It surrounds us all in a cloak of similarity. It unites people on common ground. And when we have that similarity our hearts link up and we can feel connected to each other. When we feel another’s truth it looks like ours.
With gratitude comes these gifts and with those our expanse for love grows by exponential numbers. With oneness comes the honey like feeling that makes you giggle…simply this is love.
And viola…. there you have it. The process of gratitude takes us along a labyrinth that ultimately leads to transformation of heart, soul and life. It changes us. Being grateful is the doorway that opens the soul. Gratitude creates harmony and shifts us profoundly.
Peace and blessings to each of you.