There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving


We return thanks to our mother,
The earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
Which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
For the cures of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
The beans, the squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
Which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
Which, moving in the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and starts,
Which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
That has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
And has given us the rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
That he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
In whom is embodied all goodness,
And who directs all things for the good of his children.

THE IROQUOIS NATION is a nation of first peoples of North America made up of six nations that called themselves The Ganonsyoni.  The five, and later six, tribes came together as a League of Iroquois, which means the league of peace and power.  The legend is that two men, Dekanawida or The Great Peacemaker, and Hiawatha came together to bring The Great Law of Peace to the fractional tribes.
Their great nation stretched from Canada, down through the Great Lakes, and through the Allegheny mountains into Kentucky and Virginia. They also celebrated a great harvest festival of Thanksgiving.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Carrie....beautiful. Echoes my own thoughts of the American Native