Thanksgiving to me is a time to be thankful for the opportunities that life offers us to keep up the flow of giving and receiving. Here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, unlike the American holiday which is in November. This is a time of year no matter when your official country celebration day is to be thankful for your life and all the people that help flavor your journey.
What and who are you thankful for in your life? Take time over the next few days and during the entire holiday season to count your blessings and remember to say thanks to all those in your life that have shared with you the act of giving.
I love children books. I was reminded of the book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, as I write this post. The tree in the book gave and gave and gave some more to the boy, even as he grew older, the tree never seemed to grow tired of giving to him despite all his requests. In this story, the tree was devoted and committed to a life of giving because as she gave to the little boy, she was receiving the greatest gift of connection and love she could ever receive from even over the years. To give without expectation is an unconditional gesture of the heart.
Open your heart during this holiday season and give to others abundantly, just as the tree gave over and over again to the boy without expectations in return. The act of giving comes from open and flowing heart energy. When we give from our heart, it is not with the intent on getting something in return, rather an act of sharing our unlimited godliness with those around us.
During this time of the year, devote yourself to opening and expanding your heart and raising your consciousness by serving others with a thankful heart. A few examples would be volunteering at your local soup kitchen or donating your extra cold weather clothes to those in need. Remember, your not doing this action to earn extra points with the Universe, your doing it because your heart feels called to give and serve those in need.
You could also add the heart of gratitude meditation to your daily lineup while listening to Mirabai Ceiba’s ”Ang Sang Wahe Guru” to open the door of love by increasing gratitude and thankfulness in your life.
To Begin for solo practitioners: Sit in easy pose with the finger tips of both hands lightly touching your heart center. Chant the mantra while raising your right arm 60 degrees and back to the heart, then do the same with the left arm. Alternate between both arms. Eyes are closed.
To End: Raise both arms, inhale, hold the breath, stretch out from your heart, exhale and relax.
Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, I have learned that an open heart is a heart of Thanks giving, not just during the holiday season but each and every day.
Today, on this day as we approach thanksgiving day, I want to say thank you to Yogi Bhjan for opening his heart and offering to all of us the gift of Kundalini Yoga and the unlimited resources including meditations, breathing techniques, mantras and kriyas to uplift our life by raising our awareness.
I thank life and all of you for all the giving.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!