As Winter Storm Boreas sets up to clobber 100 million people this week here in the U.S. receiving the blessing of Thanks Giving with no reservations begs the question. . .are we daring enough?. There are many things we can do nothing about. . .the weather being one. We do however have the option to exercise our muscle of mindfulness by being grateful.
The ability to be grateful is one of the best gifts we humans are blessed with. Regardless the conditions impacting us, choosing gratitude, giving thanks for what we have and what we have to give, opens the door to peace. Why. . .because the conscious act of giving thanks places us firmly in the present moment. . . the only place peace resides.
On Thursday, Americans world-wide will be celebrating a national day of peace. . . Thanks Giving. We will join with others in the ritual festivities of sharing abundance and giving thanks for plenty. However, even though many will be enjoying good times, some will be caught in storms, loose loved ones, fall somber under of the long shadows of homelessness, feel isolated and lonely. . . yet in the end, everyone will be blessed. How you ask?
Finding the silver lining in the puffy white clouds that grace the blue-sky background of good times, is easy. Adjusting our attitude to the frequency of gratitude, especially when we’ve taken a heavy hit in our personal lives, requires we vibrate to Presence rather than personality.
Gratitude is the gift we give ourselves. Being thankful, despite circumstances or situations, lifts us into a grace state. Herein lies the blessing for all.
Gratitude stirs Presence. Thus, the cream part of us rises to the top. As we give thanks for everything, even that which we may wish were different, we anchor ourselves into the moment. Being present with what is, giving thanks for hidden gifts, sometimes wrapped in tattered circumstances, allows peace to make home in the heart.
From this place we open to who we are beyond the personal. Here the table is always full, the house warm, the company sublime. Here we feel the fullness of true abundance. In this place of grateful heart we discover a Self that always has our back, never abandons us and has stamina enough to endure everything.
Wherever you find yourself on the day dedicated to giving thanks, be it in the U.S. or any other country, be it enjoying or not enjoying your personal situation, mindfully merge with The Presence of True Self. Be daring enough to receive the blessing of Thanks Giving. . .with no reservations.