I do love that every year my family gathers and we have an amazing time. My aunt (our family matriarch) cooks enough stuffing to feel an army, her turkey is always massive and her candied carrots delicious! Among other delicacies that we all contribute to bringing. Our meal represents the true meaning of Thanksgiving, that being giving thanks to the end of the harvest season. Even with my cousin and I being the true gardeners in the family there is often home grown goodies in and amongst the bought and baked.
As much as I love our family gatherings it always makes me wonder why Thanksgiving is only celebrated once a year. I understand the true meaning behind thanksgiving but shouldn't this be celebrated every day? As our culture changes so should we. The majority of us are no longer farmers, needing to give thanks to god for a grand harvest. The majority of us live in over the top housing and buy our food at the grocery store. We don't often think about where our food comes from. Whether it be from a local farmer or a hot house or another country with opposite seasons to us. We should be thankful that each day we have food on our plates.
Thanksgiving should be a question that we ask ourselves every day. For a long time I was in the practice every evening of being thankful or grateful for the little things in my life. A practice that I enjoyed and made me feel really good. One that I think I need to reinstate. I would be thankful for the roof over my head, my amazing family and children, loving what I do and if anything else was special I would give thanks to that as well.
So today and every day I will say thanks. I am thankful still for such an amazing family, a wonderful home, good food to eat that nourishes my body, my yoga practice and I am thankful to be alive. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving day and every day?
Jennifer is an RMT, long time yoga practitioner and teacher. Follow her musings as an RMT, yoga teacher, prenatal educator and mother of three.