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Thanksgiving & Gratitude

Posted by Gwen Williams on October 7, 2016 at 5:10 PM

The sunflower is such a happy flower. It is almost looks like it is smiling. It helps me remember to be thankful as I look out at this wonderful plant from my office desk.


The state of gratitude is such a calming state of mind and is a wonderful place from which to view the world. It has the power of drawing goodness to itself and creating more reasons to be thankful. Gratitude not only benefits those at which it is directed but also enriches the one who generates it.


Autumn is the time of the metal element and the corresponding organ systems are the lungs and large intestines. These represent what comes into our lives and what needs to be eliminated. The colour is white and represents purity and righteousness. The emotion paired with this element is grief and our sense of self-worth.


Just as the trees let go of their leaves, so we too need to acknowledge our losses and let them go as we prepare for a new chapter in our lives. Like the earth we all undergo a transformation that is perfectly designed. Allow yourself to look at nature as a mirror and see that, you too, are beautiful. Know that just as this season celebrates its accomplishments in brilliant colours, you too can find a reason to smile.


This is a good time to quiet our minds from external noise and feel our bodies connected to the earth so we can sense our true self. It is then that we can best feel the peace of gratitude envelope us not just at Thanksgiving, but everyday.

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