I'd like to share my thoughts on this Thanksgiving 2020 Weekend.
First of all, thank you for being part of this journey I'm on. Together, we can make great strides in these changing times.
My commitment is to continue to share life-changing teachings in a manner that meets your needs. All you have to do is show up! There are now dozens of archived practices on a range of themes - all of which can serve you.
You can also join me live online at 7 p.m. EST from Sunday through Thursday evenings.
My message is one of gratitude. I'm incredibly grateful for your ongoing support and interest in learning from me. I continue to grow as a teacher and support your growth as a seeker. let's continue this journey of growth in a time when it's needed more than ever.
It's important that you identify those things for which you are grateful as well. Gratitude when a part of your daily practice shifts your mind's pathways - your brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for your emotions, and they make you feel 'good'. They enhance your mood immediately, making you feel happy from the inside.
My second message is one of kindness. It is crucial that we treat ourselves and each other with kindness as we move down the path of global uncertainty. There is so much fear - which is founded - but we need to do what we can to counter the destructive forces of fear that feed things like racism and hate of "other".
Like gratitude, being kind boosts serotonin and dopamine, giving you feelings of satisfaction and well-being, and causing the pleasure/reward centers in your brain to light up. Endorphins, which are your body's natural pain killer, also can be released.
I feel, intuitively, that we are heading into even darker times. As coronavirus makes its way around this world wreaking havoc on humanity we will encounter more of the unimaginable. Those who are proponents of going back to normal will soon realize that won't happen.
Everything we know as normal has changed. The impacts of economic and political changes ahead of us are unknown. The vast wealth being amassed by the very few and the marginalized populations who are disproportionately impacted by all of this will play out in disruptive ways.
We have little control over this but we do have control over our responses. This means looking after our own selves first. Doing your practice is something you can - and must - do. This is imperative for your physical, mental/emotional and spiritual sustenance.
As we move forward in these trying times be grateful for what you have and keep kindness near to your heart.