Thanksgiving is such a beautiful holiday. The act of giving thanks is tremendously fulfilling. Sometimes we give thanks to be polite, other times we give thanks because we are actually sad due to a loss, or we are thankful from our hearts in pure gratitude. This is the place I am most deeply touched by when expressing and receiving gratitude. I felt it sincerely when I was hearing the gratitude that poured forth from loved ones surrounding me. I am taking on a practice these next four weeks to notice when I am giving thanks from a place of scarcity or a place of suffering and choose to shift this to a place of love and access my abundant spring of experiencing wonder and gratitude for all that is around me. For there is plenty to be thankful for.
As I was driving to the home of a dear friend, I noticed many people were alone yesterday and that many did not have a home and some were wandering around aimlessly. All of my apparent problems vanished and the perspective shifted for me and I became thankful for everything. This happened to me also when I visited India for six weeks. I witnessed large multi-generational families who lived in the same room day and night. In this room, they slept, ate, cooked, played, worked, etc. I was amazed at how peaceful these families were and at how happy they were! “Amazing,” I thought. Coming home to Switzerland with my garage full of cars and my comparatively opulent home, everything shifted into perspective.
Even if you do not witness first hand India or another environment that shifts your perspective, simply looking around at your environment and seeing the abundance and fulfillment can help brighten everyone’s day. Cranberry Sauce and Gratitude
I would like to thank you. Thank you for listening and supporting this movement of awakening on all levels. Thank you for your comments and involvement, thank you for taking steps every day to become healthier for yourself, your family, your community and for the world.
Yesterday, I made many dishes but the one that I want to share with you is a recipe that I recreated from my mother without the white sugar and canned cranberries. I am really pleased with this and it was a definate crowd pleaser! This raw version is stunning.
Eating cranberries is a great thing to do for your body!
Raw Cranberry Sauce
2 cups orgainc cranberries
1 organic orange, sliced in half and flesh (without pith) removed with liquid
1/2 cup raw, organic pecans, chopped
i green apple, chopped
3/4 cup palm sugar, to taste (I use 1/4 cup, but some really like their cranberry sauce sweet.)
1t orange zest
Rinse and drain cranberries, taking any soft ones out to toss. Mix 1 cup of the cranberries in the food processor and empty into a bowl. Take the other 1 cup and place in a blender with the palm sugar. Mix in all the remaining ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Please do not skip this step, the sauce MUST marinate.