“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
- Meister Eckhart
I am not American, although I do have many cousins living there and so in some ways always feel connected to the States. Today they celebrate Thanksgiving and after a year that has been completely crazy and challenging, there are so many things to be grateful for.
I feel that Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday and love the idea of a dedicated day to be with loved ones and give thanks. Of course, this is something we should really be doing on a regular basis. I have a daily gratitude practice and have found it to be extremely positive and life changing. It was one activity that I encouraged my clients and students to do, because the results are amazing. It lifts our mood, increases empathy and compassion, and has the effect of helping draw further abundance and joy towards us. If there is just one good thing you do today, let it be to give thanks.
I end on this beautiful poem by Ross Gay, called Thank You.
“If you find yourself half naked
and barefoot in the frosty grass, hearing,
again, the earth’s great, sonorous moan that says
you are the air of the now and gone, that says
all you love will turn to dust,
and will meet you there, do not
raise your fist. Do not raise
your small voice against it. And do not
take cover. Instead, curl your toes
into the grass, watch the cloud
ascending from your lips. Walk
through the garden’s dormant splendor.
Say only, thank you.