I just want to thank you

Hello my fellow human Beings:

Here in Canada, we commemorated Thanksgiving Day on Monday.  Not only does this Thanksgiving holiday give us a three-day long weekend, but it is a time to celebrate the bounty of the harvest, the glorious autumn colours in the changing leaves, and of course, to eat delicious food and gather around the table with family and friends.

As part of our celebration of this day, we went around the dinner table and each person expressed what they were thankful for at that moment.  As each person voiced their words of thanksgiving the list of what each other person was thankful for grew and grew.  We kept adding to the bounty of the last person’s gratitude until we filled the table, and our hearts, with a cornucopia of appreciation for countless blessings in our lives.

While reflecting on this activity today, the words of a song we sing at church came into my head.  The song is called Thank You, God and we sing it after sharing the communal meal around the altar table.  The chorus of the song goes like this:

“Thank you, God

I just want to thank you

I just want to thank you

Thank you, God

I just want to thank you

I just want to thank you, God.”

Reflecting on all that we are thankful for is a great way to remind ourselves of the abundance in our lives.  Whether it is small or big things, once you start giving thanks for the blessings in your life, you will realize that you have so much, that your life is so full, and that you are truly blessed with an invaluable chest of treasures.

Sharon Salzburg, one of the premier teachers of loving-kindness in the West, wrote in her book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation:

“Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.”

So use this ultimate mobile device of meditation wherever you are to help you still your busy mind; to connect with your Inner Self, your Godness, and your Buddha-ness and to see the Godness in others as you allow the waves of thanksgiving to flow freely.

Remember, you don’t have to reserve expressing thanks once a year on Thanksgiving Day; rather you can be grateful every day.

As succinctly expressed in the Dhammpada, a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures:

“Better than a thousand useless words is one single word that gives peace.”

So to each and every one of you loyal followers, for reading my posts week after week and leaving your comments, I say simply and sincerely, “THANKS”.

SALAMAT         KIITOS             MERCI              DANKE             GRAZIE            TAKK                OBRIGADO     GRACIAS         ASANTE           TACK

[Check out: Thanksgiving Day – one day a year or every day?]


2 thoughts on “I just want to thank you

  1. Kiitos Valerie! And a Happy Thanksgiving to you! What a wonderful celebration of giving thanks for the bounty in life. Imagine if we all made thanksgiving a daily celebration! To add to the spirit of thankfulness, I want to thank you for the kind gift of friendship and of learning that I have found in you. I am blessed to know you. Hugs, Sharon

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