I am off to Spirit Rock for a ten night Thanksgiving retreat, so I posted the gratitude dharma talk early, and recorded it for my students to listen to when they gather together this Tuesday.
If reading that I am off on retreat makes you feel envy, it's an invitation to yourself to make time in your life for, if not a ten night retreat, perhaps a seven, four or one day retreat. There's a link to Spirit Rock right on this page. Check it out! Or if that doesn't feel possible, just take ten minutes right now to close your eyes and listen in.
I wish you all a very happy fully present Thanksgiving where you fall in love with the very foibles that usually drive you crazy about your families! Just knowing that all of this is fleeting reminds us of how precious these times together are, even fraught with tension or disagreement about politics or anything else. Why not set the intention to simply be present, simply listen, let go of the need to take a stand, change a mind, prove anything, or be heard? You may be amazed at how it changes the family dynamic.
As we lose the ones we love, we begin to see it is those very foibles, the things that drove us crazy, that we chuckle about in the end. So chuckle now! And enjoy them in the flesh.