On the day after the orgy of gratitude that is our national holiday, I am grateful for the Thanksgiving holiday itself. I am deeply grateful to see and feel the world slow down a bit. Even in their rush to go see loved ones, there’s another motivator under the hurry. Even in the early morning lines for Black Thursday, the gratitude they formally celebrated the day before still leaves an imprint on their heart – a perfect introduction to the holiday spirit that infects the airwaves and even people’s hearts.
These are sweet times every year, the shortening of the days, the cuddle-into-your-covers nights, the choosing to slow down a bit. That’s one of the reasons I left southern California: there are no snow days. They don’t know how to turn the switch off. That took me a long time to learn, too.
It snowed. The afternoon before Thanksgiving, it came drifting down outside my window for a couple of hours. Two miles away, at Downingtown Yoga it was wet and rainy, but this hillside home got big puffy flakes. It melted on contact, making it all rather easy — beauty without the hassle. Another thing to be grateful for.
Today I’m still luxuriating in the gratitude. Now that I think about it, that’s every day for me, for I revel always in what my Guru gave me – a gift beyond comparison, the gift of Self. It was the only thing I ever wanted. And now he lets me serve Him by serving you. Thank you for wanting the only thing I ever wanted. It gives us a starting point, a common cause, something you’ve said matters to you too. It’s really easy to make progress — just do more yoga!
Thank you to the many of you who sent me birthday gifts, over $1,500 in donations to honor the day I was born into this world. I must say I enjoyed this birthday more than any in the last few decades – the bliss is growing!
Our Thanksgiving fundraiser has already achieved $15,330 in financial offerings, but we only have one more week to go – Click here to send your gift, or to send your heart photo for our slide show and poster.
With love and blessings, Swami Nirmalananda