I love Thanksgiving. I love all of the holidays but somehow Thanksgiving holds a special spot in my heart. I think that the time of year and the simplicity of Thanksgiving makes it so special. Sweaters come out of the closet as the weather becomes a little cooler. I so look forward to that first time putting on a sweater on a cool evening. Every time I put on a sweater it feels like I am receiving a warm embracing hug. (I will admit that by the end of winter I am no longer in need a close embrace from a sweater but rather a little space!)
For Thanksgiving holiday I don’t have to worry about buying gifts, hiding chocolate, preparing to go camping, fireworks or getting things ready for back to school. Everyone has gone back to their routines of work and school and the first long weekend is greated with great anticipation. The house is cool enough to turn on the oven and I am in the mood to prepare a big dinner with all of my favourite foods. But these are just a few of the great things about Thanksgiving.
The biggest reason I like Thanksgiving is because of what it represents. A time when we stop and give thanks for all that we have. So many people are still focusing on what they don’t have or what they still want. So many people do not take the time to appreciate what they do have. For those who view life from the perspective of “their glass is half full” are reminded on Thanksgiving that there are plenty of things already filling that glass and for which to be thankful. A few years ago we started having everyone around the dinner table say what they are grateful for and if they want they can share why they are grateful. At first everyone thought is was Elizabeth coming up with one of her weird ideas but everyone participated. It was really interesting to see what came up for each person. When everyone as a collective started thinking about being thankful there was a shift in how people felt and the energy in the room. Our meal went from being a holiday tradition to a celebration of life. What better way to share time with family and friends.
Thanksgiving is only one weekend in the year. Studies show that people who give thanks each day are happier, healthier and less stressed. What about starting each day and/or ending each day by thinking of 5 things for which you are thankful. It is recommended that you jot down these 5 items on a piece of paper or in a book which gives you a chance to look back on your daily log helping you to further appreciate and give thanks for all that you have in your life.
Being thankful isn’t just for the big things or momentous occasions. You can be thankful for everything and frankly, we should be. I start each day by giving Reiki to myself and while doing so I give thanks for another day and for all that I have in my life. I think of what I have to do that day and think of why I am grateful for having to do these things. For example: cleaning the house. If I didn’t have a house and things to make a mess I wouldn’t have to clean the house. I love my house and I am grateful for my home and all that is in it. Suddenly doing housework takes on a different energy.
At the end of the day I place my hands over my heart and start giving myself Reiki. As I do so, I reflect back on the day. The things that made me smile. The things that made me think. The things that frustrated me and what I learned from those frustrations. The things that made me feel good inside. Trust me – there is no better way to fall asleep than being in an “attitude of gratitude.”
I wish to thank all of you for being a part of my life and for helping me to become who I am and who I will be. I hope you all a very happy, safe and fun filled Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by family and friends.