I am not well versed in the exact history of thanksgiving. I do know however, that it was originally a celebration of the bountiful fall harvest. It is the symbol of the turning of the season, a time where vegetables are abundant, a time for feasting…a time for overindulging and giving thanks?
And now the holiday is again upon us and friends and family across the country will gather to feast, relax and perhaps even share what they are thankful for. But for many, it is commonly known as the holiday that includes eating way too much food and the lethargic, sleepy feeling (known as a turkey coma) that is often felt after a thanksgiving dinner, a feeling all too familiar for many of us.
Have we lost our thankfulness along the way and has it become more about gluttony?
How can we turn thanksgiving into a life long habit and how can we appreciate what we have instead of always wanting and having more?
Nature’s table is plentiful, and you can feast from it at anytime. Take a walk in nature daily; enjoy the sights and smells of the change in season. Look at a sunrise or sunset, get out of the city and watch the stars. Enjoy the foods of the season, try something new, and experience new flavors. There are so many ways to enjoy nature’s table.
2.) Share your abundance
You are blessed with much. Invite friends to your home, support a good cause, and help someone in a positive way. And what better way to share than inviting someone to partake in your Thanksgiving celebrations? The meals are usually bountiful, why not share with someone who may not have family near, or maybe doesn’t have much.
3.) Contribute to others or volunteer your time
There are so many ways to contribute. It could be as easy as being courteous to other drivers on the road, sharing a smile or a kind word, opening a door, or something such as giving up your time to volunteer at a local shelter. When you look around you will see the possibilities are endless. We are all connected, and we can create community and togetherness in many ways.
4.) Be thankful and appreciate those who love and support us…daily
Make gratitude something that you practice daily. We have much to be thankful for, and maybe if we appreciated what we really had instead of accumulating meaningless things, we would understand more what happiness is about.
The thing about thanksgiving is that it implies that there is one day a year when we reflect on the things we are thankful for. I believe that it is important to reflect on these things, but one day is just not enough!
We may not experience Thanksgiving the same way the pilgrims did many years ago, but we can celebrate being thankful today, tomorrow and everyday.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, today and everyday!
Tracy Thiessen is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, C.H.N.C.™. Her interest in nutrition started at a young age, when she learned how to prepare meals but also began to question what was in the foods she ate. Her curiosity and interest continued after seeing major improvements in her own health after modifying her diet and altering her lifestyle, which led her to the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she graduated from the comprehensive R.H.N Holistic nutrition course in Calgary, Alberta in 2012.