November is Seeing Gratefulness

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

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It has been an honor for me to dedicate the Feature Post this year to Angeles Arrien’s book Living in Gratitude A Journey That Will Change Your Life.  The following Thanksgiving Prayer offered by the Haudenosaunee Nation truly speaks to this month’s topic ‘November is Seeing Gratefulness’. Together these peoples comprise the oldest living participatory democracy on earth. The United States representative democracy, fashioned by such central authors as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, drew much inspiration from this confederacy of nations which has been practicing democracy for over 800 years.

Thanksgiving Prayer of the Haudenosaunee Nation

We return thanks to our mother, the earth,

Which sustains us.November is seeing gratefluness

We return thanks to the rivers and streams,

 of Which supply us with water.

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We return thanks to all herbs,

Which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.

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We return thanks to the moon and the stars,

Which have given us their light

When the sun was gone.

November is seeing gratefulness

We return thanks to the sun,

That has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.

November is Seeing Gratefulness

Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,

In Whom is embodied all goodness,

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And Who directs all things

for the good of Her children.

Adapted from First Nation’s Prayer 

nature's healing gift tropical beaches

I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water,

the wind in my face, and the gentle roar of the waves,

all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.

~ author unknown

nature's healing gift tropical beaches

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.”

–Isak Dinesen

Nature's Healing Gift Tropical Beaches

We all can walk on a tropical beach with the following visual meditation:

Find a quite place to relax, breathe and then hear the waves crashing to the shore…

Smell the clean salt water. Gaze toward the bright-blue water. See the waves washing up onto the sand…

Enjoy the ever-repeating rhythm of the waves. Imagine walking toward the water over the fine, hot sand….

You are feeling very hot. Walk closer to the waves, and feel the sand becoming wet and firm….

A wave washes over the sand toward you. The water is a pleasant, relaxing temperature….

Swim if you want to.Enjoy the ocean for a few minutes. Allow the visualization relaxation to deepen…

You are feeling calm and refreshed…Stroll along the beach at the water’s edge, free of worries, and relaxed…

When you are ready to return from your tropical beach vacation, do so slowly….

Open your eyes, stretch your muscles, become fully alert, refreshed, and filled with energy.