I Grew Up Without Thanksgiving

by Sophie on November 25, 2010

I grew up without Thanksgiving. In fact I did not know what it was until I was in my late 30s.  Now that I live in the USA I enjoy all the holidays, major and minor, and the way most people throw themselves into the festivities wholeheartedly but my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

I give thanks every day and I like to see my favorite spiritual practice turned into a National Holiday!

As a Buddhist I learned to give thanks for a precious human life. As a Mom as I gave thanks for health, food, shelter, comfort, support, abundance. As an immigrant to two different countries in this lifetime I gave thanks for being made welcome, for support, for friendship and for opportunities.  As an energy healer I give thanks for the amazing wonderful people who share their hearts desires with me. Everyday I am grateful for love. The list is truly endless.

I give thanks every day

  1. out of deep and innate sense of awe for the Divine that provides for me and my family
  2. but also out of a deep sense of what’s good for me. Because when I am grateful for what I already have, I feel good and I raise my vibration so I attract more of what I have. That’s basic Law of Attraction stuff.

What do you give thanks for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle November 25, 2010 at 3:15 am

I give thanks for still having my father with us…he had serious health changes this year, and didn’t look like he would make it. I’m also thankful for a wonderful healer I use, and for the opportunity, timewise, to get my home and life together..Everyday there is something to be thankful for, and even though Thanksgiving holiday is wonderful, the attitude of gratitude helps as a daily practice-I’ve found it keeps my eyes off all the “little stuff”…Happy grateful days Sophie…~:o)

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2 Sophie November 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Yes gratitude definitely strengthens with daily practice. And sometimes it helps us see the happy little stuff as well ;o)

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3 Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker November 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

This year I am especially grateful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving at home with my husband rather than being in the hospital with pneumonia for the past 2 1/2 weeks. I told my doctor that whatever was wrong with me would be treated in her office. It took 2 trips to her office for the xrays to show that I had pneumonia. I have been doing about a week of breathing treatments at home. I am hardly coughing and my breathing is almost 100% now rather than just a half a breath that I was doing last week. I am grateful for the quiet few days that my husband and I have had together.

Before I got sick, we were supposed to be host and hostess for all of my in-laws. Our house would have been full with 11-13 people coming and going for the long Thanksgiving weekend. I had to cancel all of that because I just didn’t have the energy to clean and cook for that many people to be here. Today I am grateful for the wonderful husband that I have who has done a great job of taking care of me throughout all of this. I am grateful that this is 2010 and not 100 years ago when most people who got pneumonia died from it.

Sophie, have a glorious Thanksgiving.

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4 Sophie November 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Hi Patricia!
Thank you so much for sharing from the strength that comes from your openness and vulnerability, as always.
It occurs to me to remind you that dis-ease of the lungs often appears when the underlying energy is unexpressed/stagnant sadness or grief. And in my experience often shows on anniversaries.
Of course by the time it shows as pneumonia there are many possible medical factors such as physical exhaustion etc that pertain to an MD’s expertise.
We did have a glorious Thanksgiving, thank you!

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5 Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker November 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Sophie, thank you. What you said about unexpressed grief sounds right. I spent over half of my life suppressing rage, grief and all the other emotions. I know that the inner child work I have been doing recently had grief attached to it as well.

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