We all have so much to be thankful for this year–the beautiful fall foliage, our loved ones being safe and healthy, being able to gather for the Thanksgiving holiday this year!
Thanksgiving is not just a U.S. or European holiday. It originated as a harvest festival and is celebrated in countries around the world, and may be either religious or secular. In The Netherlands orthodox Protestants may go to church. Japan’s “Labor Thanksgiving Day” has roots in an ancient Shinto harvest ceremony and is celebrated annually on November 23.
For many it is a day of reflection on appreciating the material comforts of food and shelter… and gratitude with a broader application.
When we meditate on gratitude, the immediate thing that comes to mind is the domestic comfort we all are blessed with, that we can be warm during the winter, cool during the summer….
What are you thankful for?