Gratitude, Good Gifts and Deva

Just wanted to wish all my American readers an early Happy Thanksgiving and my worldwide readers a chance to focus a little extra energy in the attitude of gratitude. As Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Gratitude sets the stage for receiving and unites the giver and the gift.

Speaking of gifts, I know there’s a movement going on this year to boycott Black Friday, usually the biggest shopping day of the year. Some people are calling it Occupy (or De-Occupy) Black Friday. In the spirit of giving and flow, I suggested an alternative: making homemade gifts, shopping locally, and supporting small business owners you know and love. In today’s incredibly stressful world, sometimes the gift of beautiful art, quiet relaxation and/or new found clarity is the very best thing you can offer someone who wouldn’t normally splurge on that for themselves. A friend of mine also had the great idea of purchasing things like organic and heirloom seeds, gardening and indoor planting supplies, and water filters — gifts that empower others and help them to get in touch with the Earth.

Whatever you decide to purchase or not purchase — however you decide to spend Thursday and Friday — I wish you wonder, peace, love and an abundance of blessings. Here’s Deva Premal, Miten and Friends singing Tumare Darshan, a chant that bursts with sheer joy and gratitude for all the beauty and goodness of the Universe. It’s one of my very favorites. Enjoy!

10 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful

    Beautiful thoughts

    Beautiful music

    Thank you Laura and blessings to you and yours.

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  2. Posted by Salomão on November 24, 2011 at 9:31 am

    God bless you Laura!

    Shalom*

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  3. Posted by laurabruno on November 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Blessings, peace and love!

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  4. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:

    Happy Gratitude Day! I’m reposting one of my favorite chants, “Tumare Darshan,” filled with joy, bliss and gratitude.

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  5. happy gratitude day. grateful for you my sweet faery sister. one of my very favs of deva’s too of course. miss you and our cg thanksgiving faery feasts ❤

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  6. Yes, I always think of you especially on this day! So many fond memories of our CG adventures! Love you so much! Happy Gratitude Day and thank you for being such a loving, creative, amazing friend! ❤

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  7. Reblogged this on Tania Marie's Blog and commented:
    Beautiful thoughts from my faery sister, Laura, on this Day of Gratitude – a day I hope each of you will extend to every single moment of life you are breathing. I’m reminded of my favorite Thanksgiving celebrations, which were non-traditional faery feasts and fun shared with Laura. Today I’ll be celebrating with a vegan buffet feast with friends. However you choose to celebrate today, I hope it is with all of your heart.

    I love Laura’s alternative suggestion she shares in her post, to boycotting Black Friday’s biggest shopping day of the year, “In the spirit of giving and flow, I suggested an alternative: making homemade gifts, shopping locally, and supporting small business owners you know and love. In today’s incredibly stressful world, sometimes the gift of beautiful art, quiet relaxation and/or new found clarity is the very best thing you can offer someone who wouldn’t normally splurge on that for themselves.” This is exactly what I choose to be engaged in myself.

    I know that today is also a day of various forms of feasting and for me this day of sharing gratitude is also an extension of expression my compassion and the life I have chosen to life as a direct mirror of that. For me, compassion extends to all of life, every day of my life. There hasn’t been (for the last 8 years), and won’t be, any animals in or on my body as long as I’m breathing. So while today is about gratitude for many things and the people in our life, I am also celebrating life for turkeys and all of Mother Earth’s creatures on this day of gratitude and every day that deserves our gratitude. ❤

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  8. it seems this day rolls around so quickly each year, as it seems like not long ago we were remembering our feast adventures. time will see us together again. love you tons!! ❤

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  9. Posted by beth on November 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    thank you for beautiful wishes and beautiful melody, lovely! wishing you and yours a most joyful day of “thanks” and remembering that keeping the spirit of gratitude and thanks is not limited to any day yet to be lived in each moment…and so it is…much love

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  10. Thanks, love and blessings!

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