After a long day of Thanksgiving preparation, standing for nearly 12 hours, I am so thankful for a hot bath to soak my tired body in. I bless the stamina I had today for the marathon of cooking, eating and cleaning up. Bless the many hands that went into bringing food to our table. Bless the animal and plant beings who give their lives for our nourishment. May I always appreciate the gift of family and friends seated around our table. May all beings know love, comfort and a full belly.
Today I embrace the blessing of planning and preparing a meal for Thanksgiving. Bless all who enjoy reading recipes, making grocery lists, pondering the combinations of foods to be served. Bless all who struggle to find time for the preparation process. And blessings to those of us who become overwhelmed by it all and want to retreat from the entire affair. Blessings for recognizing the desire in myself to want connection through the shared act of food prep, for wanting to offer nourishment to those I love through the choices of healthful food. Blessing for the concerns of waste when the menu appears to have grown too large and the knowledge that there are others whose table may not be so full. Blessings for the joys and discontent of wanting so much to make everything well, for it shows a deep desire that all will enjoy what is served. Let the chopping begin.
Here’s to blessing a good cry that loosens the ache and sadness. Blessings for saying what’s troubling my mind, accurate or not, and wanting a change in my attitude. Blessings for knowing the tears will help with whatever needs letting go. Blessings for being able to receive a hug and relaxing into the love that is here.
Bless the silent space between you and I. May I let go of any assumptions that this silence means anything. Let me not project my worries and misgivings into this silent space and allow whatever is, to unfold in its own time and its own way.
Ten rounds of 108 Days… 1080 days of practice in total… 1111 posts of daily photographs and a bit writing on this blog feels complete. I’m taking a break from daily photographs and giving myself a new practice for the next 108 days. I do enjoy a good challenge and this next one feels like a very big one. Beginning today I will be sharing a blessing each day. It’s an opportunity for me to connect to my inner sovereign, that part of me that is able to offer and receive blessings, to allow the goodness of my life in and celebrate, honor and acknowledge that everything I experience is a blessing. For me, this is an opportunity to look at the places where I struggle and complain, along with the joyful elements of my life and embrace all of it, allow it to teach me to let go of assumptions, projections and my never ending want to feel in control.
On our way to eat this evening we accidentally came upon an antique book store with books dating back to the 1500’s. Can’t help but want to touch each and every one of these ancient beauties. Definitely going to make time to visit again.