Thanksgiving presents us with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the blessings we have been gifted with. When we are grateful for the successes, the help, the love, the friendships and the happy moments we’ve experienced, we open the door and invite more and more of these gift to become part of our lives. When we are thankful for the difficulties, we release the pain and the negative emotions, and we are left with the confidence that we are strong and that we have learned something that has made us even better people. When we give thanks we easily forgive others and ourselves. When we give thanks we allow unconditional love towards everyone and everything to live in us.
Speak about gratitude with your friends, relatives and your children. On Thanksgiving ask those who you are with what are they grateful for and share with them the gifts you have been blessed with. Peter Dunov, a Bulgarian spiritual master, offers us the following prayer of gratitude:
“We thank you, our Father, for the great love with which you love us. We thank you for the life you have given us. We thank you for the mind you have instilled in us. We thank you for the virtue that you have place as the basis of our lives. We thank you for the truth with which you have surrounded us. We thank you for the love with which you have filled us. We thank you for your great wisdom and we praise you for your truth with which you have illuminated us. We rejoice in the life you have given us and we fulfill your will. For the spirit you have given us to guide us we give you our blessings now and forever. Amen.”
Say this prayer with those you are celebrating Thanksgiving with and may your hearts be filled with love, peace and gratitude.