Giving Thanks Once Again

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in Canada!

It’s a happy coincidence that this holiday always falls on a Monday, when I post here. It is such a wonderful opportunity to count my blessings.

I am grateful for my husband. He is so supportive, and loving, and encouraging. We’ve been married for over 21 years, and we are still very much in love. We’ve been together through some challenging times, and always found ways to overcome them, together.

I am grateful for my children. They are all turning into amazingly fine young men. They are affectionate, and helpful, intelligent and handsome. I feel so lucky and blessed to be their mother.

I am grateful for my parents and my sister and her family. We don’t get to see each other nearly often enough, and yet, I know they are there, loving and ready to support us in any way they can. And I am grateful for all the help and love they have given us in the past.

I am grateful for my spiritual family. They teach me, they guide me, they learn from me, and they love me. And I love them. I am grateful for the sense of purpose I receive from my interactions with them.

I am grateful for my job, for the challenges and the flexibility, and the financial stability that it provides my family. I am also grateful that the environment has improved since two short years ago.

I am grateful for my students. They push me to learn and grow, to expand my understanding and continue to walk my path.

I am grateful for the improvement in my health, for recognizing the foods that were harming me and the will to limit them.

I am grateful for ALL of the abundance in my life – an abundance of love, of food, of shelter, of opportunities – financial, growth, spiritual, kindness, generosity…

I have so many blessings. How can I be anything other than grateful?

May you be blessed this Thanksgiving, with an abundance of blessings.

Mary

Feeling Grateful

In the United States, Thanksgiving is not celebrated until late November. Here in Canada, the official Thanksgiving is in mid October. For many pagans, the upcoming autumn equinox is the time for giving thanks.

Thank you universe for all my many blessings

Even knowing that is what the season marks, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself feeling intense gratitude the last few days.

I am grateful for my family, both biological and spiritual.

I am grateful for my mentors.

I am grateful for friends, both near and far.

I am grateful for the opportunities to help others.

I am grateful for the opportunities to share what I have learned.

I am grateful for opportunities to learn new things.

I am grateful for all of the abundance I have in my life.

I am grateful for my challenges, because they help me to grow.

I am grateful for my health. I am especially grateful that my health is improving.

I am grateful for the amazing artist that provides artwork for my blog and guided meditations!

I truly have a lot to be grateful for. Thank you, Universe, for all my many blessings.

What are you grateful for?

Blessings,

Mary

Pause for Gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving once again here in Canada. I’ve been dealing with a rather large amount of stress recently. So today I am stopping to be grateful for all the blessings I have.

I am grateful for my husband. He does so much to take care of me and our children. He looks after our home and makes sure we are all fed. He is a good listener, and he is very supportive of all the things I do. Thank you for being my partner, David.

I am grateful for my children. I am proud to see how they are all growing into unique young men. And I really appreciate that they all still communicate with me, and give wonderful hugs and snuggles.

I am grateful for the rest of my family. I don’t get to see them as often as we would all prefer, and yet they provide help and support in their own ways. Even though we are half a continent apart, I love my parents, my sister and her family, and my cousin and her family, and my aunt and uncle, and I miss you all.

I am grateful for my job. It may be one of the biggest sources of stress in my life, and it helps keep the roof over our heads and food in our bellies. And I have some wonderful coworkers.

I am grateful for our vehicle. This has been another major source of stress recently. While there are still some things that need fixing, having transportation is important for getting to and from work and school, and public transit here just doesn’t cut it.

I am grateful for my spiritual community. I really don’t know what I would do without you all, and this is a pretty big group! You have challenged me, helped me see the world through a different perspective, encouraged me and helped me to grow in so many ways. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

I am grateful for my health. It’s been a full year since my gall bladder attack. I still have to give my body my attention and be aware of what I eat, and I have had no major problems for over a year. This is very good.

While the past year (and particularly the past month) may have been challenging, and more stressful than I would have preferred, I am still grateful for all the ways that I have grown and all the challenges I have overcome. I really do have a lot to be grateful for.

What are you grateful for?

Blessings,

Mary

Wake Up Call

Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada. And I definitely have cause to give thanks.

ThanksgivingI spent most of the last week in bed recuperating, in between trips to the doctor and the hospital trying to figure out what exactly was causing the pain that put me in the emergency room. It turns out it was gall stones. Not deadly on their own, they certainly caused me plenty of pain just over a week ago.

There is a lot of contradictory information about gall stones out there. The mainstream medical solution to gall stones is to remove the gall bladder completely. Other information says the attacks can be controlled through diet. And other information says that there are often other underlying causes that contribute to gall stones.

I also received tons of contradictory advice from many of my friends and connections through Facebook. Many have had personal experiences with gall stones, and they run the gamut from wishing they had the surgery sooner to having completely healed themselves with this or that food or supplement.

For me, this is an opportunity to explore my overall health with a naturopath, something I have been considering for a long time. I’m still going to have a consultation with the surgeon, because I am not ruling out that option. And I also want to examine all my options. If changes to my diet can alleviate the problems with my gall bladder, and also improve my health in other areas, then I will make those changes. If I still end up needing surgery, so be it, I will have made changes that contribute to my healing.

I am grateful that my body is so adaptive, and that it has such a wonderful ability to heal itself.

I am grateful to my gall bladder for signaling that there was an imbalance in my body.

I am grateful that I have been given an opportunity to examine and reevaluate my food choices in order to allow my body to operate more efficiently.

And then, of course, there is also my family, my wonderful circle of friends, the support of my spiritual community, and all the other ways abundance manifests in my life.

What are you grateful for right now?

Blessings,

Mary