The Thanksgiving Address Part 4: Thanks to the Plants That Feed Us
Nov 21, 2021
Canola Fields Forever
I grew a garden every year my children were home and growing up. At first it just seemed the right thing to do: you know, organic food, know where your food comes from and all that. But it certainly became more than that. Besides providing the fresh food my high altitude garden would allow, it became a source of education of “where your food comes from” for my boys, and a source of grounding for me.
Working in the garden, my hands in the dirt, was a time of peace and recharging from a very busy life of raising a family and a stressful medical career. I wouldn’t have changed either of them - both were profoundly rewarding - but I needed that contact with the earth, tending to the lives of the plants that gave back so much more. When I say grounding, I mean slowing enough to feel connected with what's important, and a letting go of what's not. It was a reciprocal experience: I nourished the plants, and they nourished me, even in the growing of them. This is the main principle of the Thanksgiving Address: reciprocity, give and take. (See the Intro to this series on the Thanksgiving Address here.)
Who doesn't love a pumpkin pie?
But it doesn't have to be just your own garden. We have an abundance of food to appreciate from those who tend acres and acres of it to send our way...thank goodness cuz my high altitude garden is pretty tough to grow a tomato in!
With one mind, we honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden, especially the Three Sisters (beans, squash & corn, the foundation of the Native American garden) who feed the people with such abundance. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans, and fruit have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them as well. We gather together in our minds all the plant foods and send them a greeting and thanks. Now our minds are one.
Don’t you just feel better after giving thanks for the foods that nourish you? And it doesn’t need to be just at a Thanksgiving Holiday dinner…