“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart
I recently had an important conversation on the nature of thanksgiving, which reminded of my article “Pachamama illuminating Thanksgiving.” A little boy in the place where I volunteer brought up some painful memories to the surface. The details of his account may be arguable but the sentiment behind his words was real. I appreciate his courage to speak up and present a different story than the one we are fed through HIStory.
How do we remove the veil of numbness and acknowledge our past–not to blame or victimize but to learn from our mistakes and wake up? It is imperative to look back in order to move forward. We are still so deeply wounded by what happened to our ancestors. Our wounds need tending and each strand of our diverse global community needs deep healing. Instead of ignoring and sweeping painful memories under the rug, lets look at the things that want to emerge to create a life of aliveness, heart, and soul.
Here is an admirable example of a grandmother who lives and shows the way to communal healing. Historically, clan mothers were decision makers in the community. The film Clan Mother shows the efforts of Molly Miller, clan mother of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, who works to revitalize the Mohican language, culture, and community. I am inspired by her desire to transmit her wisdom and heal her community. Starting with the children, she is restoring a wise way of being in harmony with the world.
May we acquire less and experience more.
Speaking of wisdom, in most native cultures around the world, thanksgiving is not a once a year celebration, it is a way of living, a constant state of appreciation. My wish is that the love and gratitude that unraveled on thanksgiving day spills out into every other day, that in the frenzy of the holidays we remember to relax our tight grip on things and slow down to feel, experience, and celebrate life.
I am grateful for the earth and sky, our deep waters, wild flowers, animal and plant beings, the spark in our eyes, our loved ones showing us the meaning of love and for each and every one of you saying yes to life. May we have the courage to feed our deepest self and give thanks, everyday. And may all our spaces of pain and separation transform into spaces of togetherness, freedom, celebration, and the most powerful medicine of all: love.
Dear ones, life needs room to flow. I will be offering Make Space for Joy again in January 2014. May we trust mystery and leave some space for magic as we remember to:
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” ~ Mary Oliver
With deep appreciation,
For the traveler by John O’Donohue ..A journey can become a sacred thing: Make sure, before you go, To take the time To bless your going forth, To free your heart of ballast So that the compass of your soul Might direct you toward The territories of spirit Where you will discover More of your hidden…