It’s Thanksgiving today in the United States. Family and friends, plus food. My favourite kind of holiday. My cup is filled and overflowing, and so is my heart.
The holiday has me thinking about my relationship with giving, receiving, and thanking. These actions should be simple and easy. Give. Receive. Thank. Happy. Done.
Yes, it’s simple and easy when I do it with my open heart. And no, it’s not easy or simple when I do it from my head instead.
My head is amazing at logic and details, learning and organizing, but for me, too much thinking complicates things. In thinking are beliefs and patterns of reaction, many running under my radar, creating expectations and judgments around myself, others, and the situation. My head likes to be in control, ensuring I get what I want and don’t get what I don’t want.
This thinking is all about my personal comfort and little about the comfort of the person standing here in front of me. My head worries only for me. It doesn’t understand other people’s emotions, and truly it can’t understand. It’s not made for that. Emotions, mine and others’, are the job of my heart.
My heart has a different kind of wisdom. It knows love, and it is only and wholly made of love.
My heart knows intimately how I feel, and when it reaches out, it feels how others feel as well. Although the knowing-feeling is sometimes painful, I know this ability to connect is a miraculous gift.
Our hearts know love is a diamond. Each facet holds emotions whose roots are love. Kindness, care, compassion. Generosity, forgiveness, understanding. Appreciation, gratitude. Sharing, giving, receiving, thanking. Peace. In every language, every word we have created which falls into love for self and other shines bright on this diamond.
Here today we celebrate three faces of love. Let me give my heart to you, let me receive your heart, and let me say thank you with heart full and brimming over.
Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be loving, joyful, and fulfilling.
I was water
Cupped in your hands
Running down your arms
Pooled in your heart
Tears washing your feet
Returned to the earth