Today, many of us here in the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving, a national day of giving thanks. The Thanksgiving tradition originates from the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 on the shores of Cape Cod Bay before permentantly establishing a settlement in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
William Bradford writes the following account of the first Thanksgiving in 1621, in the book Of Plymouth Plantation (Morison,90), “They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well and recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty… All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees).”
Over 200 years later, during the time of the Civil War in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday.
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and a day for giving thanks for all things we have to be grateful for even in the toughest of times but why wait for a federal holiday to give thanks? Give thanks each day.
Gratitude is an amazing and simple concept yet often times get overlooked. There are many benefits to having a “gratitude attitude”. Gratitude makes us feel happier, improves and opens more doors to relationships (and also shows good manners), improves physical and emotional health and helps lifts our spirits even in the toughest times by reminding us of the positive things we have to be grateful for.
Here are 3 simple ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily practices: say a little thank you when you get up in the morning, tell someone how thankful you are for them, write down three things you are grateful for each night before going to sleep.
“Gratitude is expressed as a primary emotion. It is a state of mind translated by the brain into complementary neurochemistry that is secreted into the blood stream. The chemistry of gratitude energizes the body and releases a wave of euphoric sensation, a sense of harmony with all that is.”
Dr. Bruce Lipton
Why not make gratitude your default attitude? What are some of the things you are grateful for today? I would love to hear what you came up with. If you feel like sharing please drop a comment in the comment box below.
May you find the beauty of gratitude held in each day.
Morison, S.E, editor. Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 William Bradford. Alfred A. Knopf, 1952.
The Healing Power of Love
Right around Christmas time 2014, I asked my late aunt and the Universe to give me the courage and strength I needed to learn to love myself and take my power back from those whom I had allowed to control or hurt me. A few weeks later, I set that as my full-moon intention; and so began my healing journey of body, mind, and spirit to break the cycle of trauma and abuse that ran throughout my ancestral lines for generations.
Over the next 22 months, I would change the way I viewed myself and the world around me and take the biggest risk I have ever made: to allow love into my heart.
I slowly learned to love, accept, and approve of ALL of me – both the light and dark aspects of myself and my past. As I did, I began shedding the layers of masks I wore, and the fortress of protection I had spent a lifetime building around my heart began to crumble away. I had worn these as shields to prevent myself from feeling the continual hurt, judgment, repeated abandonment, disappointment, and betrayal by loved ones from happening again and again.
With the love, support, encouragement, wisdom, and guidance of my sisterhoods and the man who would break open my heart to allow love in, I replaced the outdated false belief systems – that I am not lovable, good enough, worthy, or deserving of good things – with the knowing that I AM.
I saw that I had the same beauty inside and outside of myself that I saw in others and nature. I was no longer afraid to share my rawness, vulnerabilities, and Truth (my divine and authentic Truth rather than the truth of the false belief systems I once perceived to be true). As I began trusting more in myself, intuition, and divine guidance, I gained confidence and began feeling more comfortable sharing my spiritual gifts and talents, which I had kept locked inside since early childhood. With the healing power of love, I began to make my childhood dreams become a reality.
“The Healing Power of Love” was first published in 365 Life Shifts: Pivotal Moments that Changed Everything (DandiLove, 2017)
The Root Chakra
We began this blog series, with an introduction to The Seven Chakras and Chakra Medicine. Here I will began to go into further depth of each of the seven main chakras in individual blog posts starting with the Root (Muladhara) Chakra. Muladhara in Sanskrit means “root and basis of existence”.
The Root Chakra, also known as the Base Chakra, is the first chakra of the seven chakra system located at the base of the spine, between the coccyx and pelvic bone. It is about four inches in diameter and when in good health spirals down between your legs grounding you into the core of the Earth. It spins at the color frequency of red and governs the lower limbs of the body, hips, and the skeleton.
In her book, the 7 Healing Chakras, Brenda Davies, M.D, writes, “the root chakra is activated immediately after the moment of incarnation, at birth. It’s maximal rate of development is during the first few months of life, though focus on the root chakra continues until the age of three. Though development of the whole system continues throughout life…”
Take a few moments to quiet your mind and go within. Tune into the images above and ask the Angels to guide you to the card that has the right message for you on this Full Moon. Once you have chosen the image or number you are most drawn to scroll below to reveal the message the Angels have for you. Please don’t second guess yourself, follow your intuition and go with the first card or number that popped into your mind.
“Areas of inner neglect and abandonment cry out to you. They are urgent for harvest. Then they can come in out of the false exile of neglect and enter into the temple of belonging, the soul”
November Monthly Oracle Guidance and Affirmation
Mary Magdalene comes to us this month using the Magdalene Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno guiding us to pay attention to the colors we are drawn to. Be attentive to the color of the clothes you choose, the food and drink you consume as they all have a profound effect on the way you feel. Take a few moments to notice the color and beauty in nature. What colors do you see? What color is the sky? The leaves on the trees? What color is the ground you are standing on?
Colors carry and vibrate at particular energy frequencies. These frequencies can effect how we feel, our overall health and wellness and even our healing.