Gratitude Day

Written by on November 29, 2013 in Cultural Studies, Skills for Embodied Living with 0 Comments

I just watched this video of time-lapse photography, accompanied by words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, and I decided to share it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about  the mythology surrounding the American Thanksgiving holiday.  It is beautiful to devote a day to the practice of thanks-giving… of offering gratitude for the land on which I live and for the fruits of that land, that nourish and sustain me.  And yet, how do I reconcile myself with the notion of thanks-giving while also holding in my awareness the history of genocide and mass destruction upon which this country was built?

So I was just beginning to really get into the rant that was raging inside my head before I even got out of bed this morning, when I received this video from my friend.   As I watched it, the sun was just starting to rise, and I thought, “Right!  I have so much to be grateful for…”

It’s not about this day, this holiday based on false history and consumerism.

(Though I did enjoy my turkey dinner yesterday… thank you!)

It is about the practice of having each day be “gratitude day”.  From that place, I feel so much more capable of making positive contribution to the world.  It helps me to remember that the first step is always to look inside my own heart for what needs healing, and then from there, I can move towards “[being] the change [I] wish to see in the world.”

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About the Author: Sonya Brewer, MA, is a body-centered psychotherapist in Albany, CA, where she specializes in creative life and relationship design for “out the box” thinkers (and “feelers”). She loves helping quirky people find their creative voice and express their unique ways of being so that they can feel more alive, connected and authentic in their lives and relationships, while also bringing their gifts to the world. Sonya brings a wide breadth of experience including in-depth training in somatic psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies, training in relational psychotherapy at the Women's Therapy Center, and extensive training in trauma recovery through Generative Somatics and Somatic Experiencing. Sonya's work is also deeply influenced by training and experience in bodywork, dance, and mindfulness meditation. To learn more, visit www.sonyabrewer.com. Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern # 61996. Supervised by Margie Cohen, LCSW LIC # LCS11263 .

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