November is typically a month when we gather together and eat lots of food with family and friends. We are supposed to spend a bit of time in reflection, giving thanks for the blessings we have been given over the past year. Perhaps we do this, perhaps we don't. Often family gatherings are more stressful than they are reflective. The joining of personalities, differences of values, beliefs and even political opinions often negate the real purpose of the holiday.
Whether or not you incorporate gratitude into your celebration, you can find ways of giving thanks that don't interrupt your family gatherings.
I have always been opposed to pushing my beliefs or spiritual practices onto others who may not share my perspective, so I try to find ways of showing my gratitude that don't infringe on someone else's viewpoints.
I almost always leave my quarter in the shopping cart at Aldi. I try to pick up litter when I can. I feed the feral kitties in my neighborhood. I contribute to charities that match my values. I offer gifts to the spirits of nature often. I try to let other cars in front of me in traffic.
I give thanks to whatever animal gave it's life for my meal and apologize if it was treated poorly in life. I send healing energy out daily to family, friends and clients who happen to come to mind.
I bless my day in the morning and whoever happens across my path that day.
What do I receive in return for my contributions?
I get joy in return! I get the feeling of well-being that only comes from living a life with purpose.
Many times we get so caught up in our own little world that we forget who we share the planet with. That turtle attempting to cross the road may have been alive long before it's home was destroyed by the new highway. People with different skin tones, different spiritual or political beliefs, or different sexual orientations has just as much a right to love and happiness as I do.
Take a moment today and give thanks for life's gifts. Thank the store clerk for coming to work today. Thank the postal carrier for handling your precious packages with care.
If you can, do one kind thing every day that you will receive no benefit from and no one will even know about.
Send prayers or thoughts of love and peace to people you disagree with.
If nothing else, you will feel good. And that's the point, isn't it?
Thank you for being in my life! Whether you are new to my musings about life and my messages from my Guides, or you have been with me for awhile, I appreciate you! At this point in my life, I do this because I have something to say and because I can't NOT share. However, if you are interested in what else I am up to or how to make an appointment for a private session, you can do that HERE.
We all can use community, belonging, and acknowledgement. I host a gathering once a month in Winchester Virginia and also by Zoom. You can find out when the next gathering is scheduled and how to attend, as well as when I will be at various events in my area, HERE.
Want to know about what I do and how a good little born again Christian girl ended up talking to the dead and other beings not in a physical body? I have written three books and another one is on the way! Find out more HERE.
Have a wonderful week and see you soon!