Happy Thanksgiving!

It is early morning and I am sitting on my couch in the living room wrapped under a cozy blanket while the rest of my household sleeps. I feel grounded and safe. I feel blessed that we enjoyed a delicious meal last night and gave gratitude for the many blessings in our lives – for family, friends, good health, our jobs, income, progress with our various project and most of all and being able to overcome and deal with the challenges which come our way.

I enjoy listening to the conversations around the table – any dinner time is a time to catch up on the thoughts and experiences of our lives and how we make sense of the world around us. One of our highlights during the evening was celebrating the 2nd birthday Maggie, Ohri’s dog. It was hilarious watching her reaction to the kids trying to get a birthday hat on her head! Maggie has become a part of our family and it is a pleasure to watch how her presence bonds all of us in our family.

My gratitude for life keeps on overflowing.

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

As I write this blog, the early morning light is awakening as the darkness vanishes. It is magical watching this slow and beautiful transition from night to day. Through the glass door, I can see the thousands of fallen leaves in the backyard and the beautiful fall foliage in the forest beyond edge of my backyard. Fall is here for sure making way for winter where soon those trees will be standing naked yet unshaken at the roots. Just as I enjoyed every single day of summer and savoured the greenery, I embrace fall and all of it’s offerings. For me, it is a beautiful season of reflection, building and creating from within. I love the fall colours, the crisp fresh air, apple pies for Sunday dinners and the feeling of Christmas being just around the corner. I know that as soon as Christmas is over, we will start preparing for Spring and I can’t wait to see my first tulips burst from the winter blues. Each season brings it’s priceless gifts and I am grateful to be alive on this earth, enjoying all what the earth offers to me. More importantly, I have found immense joy in remaining present in the moment, while my mind can also stretch into the future and look forward to the next season.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. Here is one more quote to reflect on:

“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” Michael Josephson

Love,

Mags

“Beautiful Chaos”… Letting go… going with the flow…

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Last weekend, Thanksgiving at my house was a “beautiful chaos”. We had 15 people for dinner – some people whom we planned to have over and some who came over in a spontaneous way. Now, I love entertaining and love having people over but I must admit I did not plan for this one properly. In the middle of people arriving, the food was not all organized and neither was the table! I panicked because I also realized that the table was too small to accommodate all of us. I got even more frazzled trying to entertain as well as continue on with the cooking! After fretting with myself for a while, I decided to let it all go and go with the flow. At one point there were so many of us in the kitchen trying to get the dinner under control, that I got dizzy.

Yet, in all the “chaos” of entertaining guest, getting the food on the table, having little kids squabble and run all over the place, the house suddenly became warm and full of an “aliveness”, which was so joyful! Since there were too many of us to sit around the table, everyone organically moved into the living room, pulled up chairs and sat around in a circle. The sound of laughter, conversations and giggles filled the air. Watching the little kids play and run around, young people busy with their own conversations and older people – all mingling together was priceless.

In the middle of it all, I realized that having all the right cutlery, tableware and set up was not the essence of Thanksgiving. Hearing the joy in their voices, watching how everyone just pitched in to help with serving, cleaning up and generally making sure that others were o.k, was the real essence of celebrating thanksgiving. I could feel this genuine friendship, sense of care and happiness in everyone and that created the warmth in the room.

This experience made me reflect on several things:
– People who genuinely want to spend time with you, don’t really care about all “the other stuff”. They show up and participate in your life and their energy adds beauty to your space.
– Sometimes we try so hard in planning and organizing, that we forgot the “Who” we are really planning for. It is people who bring joy and “aliveness” to our lives. The “other stuff” are add-ons to creating a better experience.
– If we had limited ourselves to having exactly the right number of people over for dinner to fit around the table, I would have missed the opportunity to enjoy the presence of four other people who would have otherwise spent Thanksgiving on their own. They added the extra joy to our household.
– Having people who are multi-generational adds to our experience of life and keeps us connected to both the joys and challenges of various age groups.

TuneIn to some of the chaos you might be experiencing in your life. Can you filter and see some “beautiful” things coming out of it? StepUp to simply go with the flow – let it all go and watch it unfold as it should. Within all the imperfections in life, everything is perfectly fine.

What experiences have you had that seemed to be a bit chaotic but turned out fine in the end? Do share with us.

Have a beautiful day!

Love,
Magdalene

Happy Thanksgiving! Stay rooted in the power of gratitude.

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The greatest pleasure in blogging is being able to share this part of my soul journey with you – YOU who is reading this now and I THANK YOU for being a part of this journey with me, wherever you are. Although Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada this weekend, I still want to say “Happy Thanksgiving” to you and to encourage you to remain rooted in the power of gratitude for all that we are blessed with.

Here is a song dedicated to you which reflects Thanksgiving. I sat alone in my room listening to it this morning and was inspired to share it with you.

Remember that YOU are special, YOU have gifts to share with this world; YOU are an important part of the connectedness of this universal energy which is longing for more and more love in our planet. YOU are all love.

Love,
Magdalene