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Thanksgiving is Conducive to BountyNovember 28, 2013
Those words are not only lovely. They are prophetic. I remember as a young woman reading some books whose titles escape me decades later, but the message of which remains indelibly in my mind. They had to do with the power of thought to attract abundance.
Although I believe that notion has been taken a bit too far in some New Age circles, implying we are in control of all that happens to us, there is truth in it. "As a man thinks in his heart so is he," says the Bible. Whatever we focus our minds on is a magnetic force, for good or not. Peace Pilgrim, who walked across America for the cause of peace, said, "If we knew how powerful our thoughts are, we would never again have another negative thought."
What I have discovered is that the virtues of Gratitude, Thankfulness and Appreciation are powerful magnets for joy. They open the elusive portal to Contentment. They also have an immediate healing power when one is stressed or worried. Try this experiment when you find yourself in the midst of a pity party. Stop. Look. Listen. Go within and ask yourself what you are feeling. How are you, really? Go deeper to the heart of the matter. Once you have companioned yourself to the core of the issue, breath. Let it go. Ask yourself what virtue you need to ride the waves at this moment? If you are a journaler, write it down.
Then turn a new page, and make a list of the big and little things for which you are thankful. For me today, (after a Zumba injury) it is:
Thank you, dear body, for your resilience. (It's important to give appreciation to your body when it is functioning well and compassion when it isn't.)
Thankfulness for the people I love -- my sons, my husband, our grandchildren, our family, lifelong friends, and new friends here on this wee island of Aitutaki.
For my Faith. For prayer. For beauty. For the gifts of Creativity.
For the countless teachable moments in my life.
For The Virtues Project and the difference it makes to me and so many others. For the opportunities to serve.
For my new muu muu.
For a Thanksgiving dinner invitation from an American living here.
For the sunshine. For last night's much needed rain.
Yes, feel free to go on and on. Repeat the prescription as needed. What you would find if you were hooked up to monitors is that your blood pressure, your heart rate, and your heart state have downshifted into peace. If you did muscle testing before and after the exercise, you would find a huge increase in strength through gratitude.
At American Thanksgiving time, what a perfect opportunity to tell the people we love that we love them and what we love about them – their special virtues. And to let God know what we love about our lives, what we are truly thankful for.