My fall began with a jolt when I learned that the Adler School, my employer since 2010, had reorganized and eliminated my position. After a couple days, I decided to take this opportunity to throw myself fully into launching the new business that I’ve been working on part-time for too many years now. The result is the creation of Integral Awakenings, through which I am offering spiritual direction, integral life coaching, workshops and other programs. I am so grateful this Thanksgiving for my new work and for so many good things in my life. And I include you in my gratitude list – whether I count you among my best friends or I’ve just “met you” virtually, I am ever so grateful for your interest in my work. As time flows on, I trust that our relationship will grow.
If turkey is the food that is on most everyone’s mind this week, then gratitude is the emotion of the week. So I’d like to invite you to take a moment and remember the last time you felt gratitude for someone or something. Have a memory in mind? Did you share the moment with a friend? Did you say a spontaneous word of thanks, an informal prayer? When we feel grateful, it’s often the case that the joy of the moment is not complete until it’s shared. In that spirit, I would like to suggest that you to share what you’re grateful for with someone today. If you’re going to be at a formal Thanksgiving Dinner, that might be the perfect place for it. Sharing our gratefulness is a gift to those we’re with and a beautiful way to make it grow.
For those of you who might like to share online, I’ve set up the Integral Awakenings Facebook page as a place where you can share what you’re grateful for and read others’ sharings. I hope in this way, we can create a global Grateful Heart that will enrich and enliven Thanksgiving Day and flow on into the weekend. May our grateful hearts bless those we meet, those we break bread with, and even those we encounter while shopping and traveling.