Thanksgiving is an occasion for us to sit down together with loved ones, eat a good meal and be thankful. Even when some of those things are not present in our lives the practice of gratitude is one that I believe helps us to lead a happier and healthier life. This year I’m thankful for many things: being surrounded by my husband and children, friends, the abundance on our table and so much more.
Today is a day for feasting; our menu includes turkey, chix nuggets (for the vegetarians), green bean and celery salad, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry chutney, braised carrots, wild rice and apple stuffing, olives, peaches, pumpkin pie, cherry pie and chocolates. This doesn’t even begin to address the snacks for pre-dinner munching. On this day, more than most, there is the temptation to indulge in overeating. In order to avoid that groaning stomach and dyspeptic feeling the day after I plan to eat mindfully; enjoying the abundance of the table but not over indulging. Saving room for pie, because, after all, who doesn’t love pie, and remembering that leftovers practically taste better than the meal itself. In it’s own way mindful eating is a form of gratitude, one that causes us to reflect on the bounty before us, to savor the aroma and taste of good food lovingly prepared.
As we cook, slice, dice and saute for our feast later today I am struck once again by how fortunate we are; grateful to be baking pies with Steve, basting the turkey with Sasha, all cooking together. While I try to practice gratitude every day, on this day it is more evident because of the nature of the holiday. I plan to use today as an opportunity to renew my practice of gratitude for all the blessings in my life, both large and small. And I send a wish that wherever you, whoever you are with, whatever your circumstances there are blessings in your life; here’s to a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day and every day.
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