Given that this day in America we consciously and communally celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to share a cool exercise I just experienced that I wasn’t even looking for.
I was sitting on the couch, tuning into my heart, and listening for what I wanted to write about this week. I put on a beautiful song and decided to just be still. I started giving thanks for the first person that came to my mind, and then for the next few minutes, person after person after person came to my mind and I just continued to give thanks for each one.
I saw faces before me, and as if I was right before the individuals, I gave thanks to and for each one.
What a lovely experience. I’m blown away when I think of all the people that have been present in my life, bringing support, kindness, and loving encouragement. Lest you ever think you are alone, just start giving thanks and you will quickly realize how much ever-present grace is around you.
I want to suggest a gorgeous song for you to listen to—it’s a blessing actually. It’s called Benediction by Heather Clark. You can find it on ITunes. It’s taken from the Bible, Numbers 6:24-26. This piece is strong and uplifting, no matter the faith path you choose.
Let’s pronounce this ancient blessing over those we are giving thanks for today, and as well, receive this for yourself and all you hold dear.
Here it is in the Amplified version, one of my favorites:
24 The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you;
26 The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).
I pray you all have a truly holy and endearing Thanksgiving. No matter where you are or who you share this day with, may you engage the moments with gratitude and appreciation, such that you rise to a new place of rest and peace.
I’ll end with these awesome words from one of my associates:
“Later this afternoon, as I look into the faces and hold hands in prayer with those whom I’ll be sharing Thanksgiving dinner, I will send each of you a blessing too. A thank you for the contribution of your Presence to my own growth and contentment. A thank you for this special beloved spiritual community that expresses deeper values of peace, compassion, and generosity of Spirit. A thank you for your spiritual bravery in stepping away from the status quo and daring to live a larger life, a spacious life wherein you claim your divine right to all that you can imagine.”
Amen and Amen!
Thanks to each of you for sharing your Light in this online community. Thank you for your faith in me as a vessel of all things good.