Thanksgiving is in a couple of days and I want to talk about the giving part of it. A bit backwards from the typical emphasis on the thankful part, I know, but this thought struck me so I’m sharing it with y’all.
I’ve been listening to Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle on CD this past week as I’m out driving. Something he said sparked this connection. I can’t find the exact quote now and didn’t try to write while I was driving but the gist of it is:
What we feel is being withheld from us is what we’re withholding from others.
He challenged the reader to give away what they felt was needed most in their life for two weeks and observe what happened. This calls for deep trust in the Universe that resources will be provided.
The connection to Thanksgiving came in my thoughts about family histories and old dysfunctional dramas that inevitably show up at some point during the holidays. What I challenged myself with, and now you dear reader, is to identify what I feel is being withheld from me and graciously, lovingly give that very feeling to my family and friends.
What we give away we get to keep.
Our families trigger our deepest behavior patterns and emotional responses. Without mindfulness we quickly and easily slip into egoic reactions that have fueled our family dramas for years. Bring awareness to your Thanksgiving; allow it to observe your day, your interactions. Let it help you identify what you need most in that moment and instead of reacting, give the emotion or quality you would most like to receive.
I’d love to hear what happens and what you discover! Tell me in the space below.