|Turkey Medicine (Giving, Giveaway)|
Instead, I will be spending it in Pennsylvania with a good and unconditional loving friend of mine, Holly, who I have been longing to see and spend time with for a while now; and despite best laid plans for what to share doing on Thanksgiving, the Creator (God/Goddess/Great Spirit/Higher Power) has something else in store for us--though we don't know what it will be yet. I'm set now to expect the unexpected.
My plan was to be of service by working in a soup kitchen or a shelter serving food to the hungry who can't afford a traditional Thanksgiving spread for themselves or their families. Well, I learned that all the places serving food have all the volunteers they need. This is good news! This has me thinking about the origin, the beginnings of what has become a national U.S. holiday, and how it's about SHARING and GRATITUDE.
I'm thinking now about anyone who may be feeling low or sad about not being able to sit at a table in the traditional way on this holiday, because a bit of self-pity and guilt was beginning to snap at my heels because I'm not celebrating with my family this year, and I'm not preparing and/or serving dinner as planned. The image that the Creator awakened me to this morning, is me sharing a piece/crumb/morsel of multi-grain bread with a crow. For those unfamiliar with animal spirit medicine, the Crow represents The Messenger, Sacred Law. In this moment, I realized that nothing is too great or too small to share whether it's funding, housing, a ride, listening, food, a smile, a story, whatever I have to share with any creature that is open to receiving the love that I turn their way (and that is turned mine).
In this spirit, I want to share with you a song and some words that I received this morning from D.K. Brainard, a man I really like a whole lot, in his e-newsletter that he sent out today with his own take on Thanksgiving this year titled, Miracles and Gratitude. Thank you D.K.!
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks to you all for what you've shared with me, and thanks to Godd, who for me, all blessings flow in one way or another.
But I love Thanksgiving because it's so easy for me to forget to be grateful for all the blessings in my life. The holiday itself is about food and relaxation and the fact that Life offers us lots of help - including from people we've never met and may never see again - if we're open to receiving it. I believe on some level the Native Americans knew what the white man was bringing their way. But Pocahontas and her tribe had compassion on the poor, suffering pilgrims anyway.
Photo Credit: http://allaboutbirds.org