The Thanksgiving Address Part 3: Thanks Be To the Vast Fields of Plant Life

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Gratitude is getting a lot of press lately. And for good reason. We’re beginning to remember what the Native Americans, and many others, integrate into their daily lives with things like the Thanksgiving Address. It’s a basic, simple feeling of well being. Gratitude journals are all the rage now, right? With the promise of generating the feeling of wellbeing that generosity of spirit engenders. And it pulls what’s right with your world into focus, so that you can more easily live there.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, in her book Braiding Sweetgrass (you can find the Introduction to this series of blogs here) quotes an Onandaga schoolteacher as saying this about a daily gratitude practice: “It reminds you every day that you have enough…More than enough. Everything needed to sustain life is already here. When we do this, every day, it leads us to an outlook of contentment and respect for all of Creation.”  (Pg 111)Gazing with Love: the Dahlia is one of my favorite Creations in the world of Flowers

And so The Thanksgiving Address continues:

Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come. Now our minds are one.A Garden in the Wild

When we look about us, we see that the berries are still here, providing us with delicious foods. The leader of the berries is the the strawberry, the first to ripen in the spring. Can we agree that we are grateful that the berries are with us in the world and send our thanksgiving, love and respect to the berries? Now our minds are one. 

Now we turn to the Medicine Herbs of the world. From the beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are so happy that there are still among us those special few who remember how to use the plants for healing. With one mind, we send thanksgiving, love, and respect to the Medicines and the keepers of the Medicines. Now our minds are one.

Not really sure what the above mushrooms are (if you know, comment below), but the abundance of their presence in the rainforests of Washington was astonishing.

And good news! The berries are with us! As Robin says,  “It seems hard to argue with gratitude for berries” (Pg. 109). And speaking of contentment, I’d sure love to see a news media outlet that dedicated itself to what’s right with the world, including all the creative ideas & solutions to what’s wrong with it because I know they're out there. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Instead of feeling despairing, outraged and helpless after watching the news, we could feel uplifted and inspired to positive action...Feeling Uplifted

I hope my musings on the Thanksgiving Address are uplifting for you!

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