I think it’s a good practice to do daily. Much like Valentines’ day is supposed to make us feel gratitude for our loved ones, Thanksgiving is a man-made, manufactured day for giving thanks. But it originally symbolized colonialism in the US. It was the start of something big and millions lost their lives.
So what does this mean? I love the thanksgiving (and Christmas) season. I appreciate that the country takes a day to fill with gratitude as each individual is able. Of course the holidays are filled with way too much stress for some.
So I practice Tonglen which hopefully allows for the healing of the world as well as myself.
I’m sorry, terribly sorry for what happened to Native peoples and what is happening today. What I can do is speak out where I see injustice and be thankful for what I do have.
So on this day of giving thanks, I do so. I share deep gratitude for my life and hope and pray that from this day foreword I can continue to open myself and the world so that justice can indeed, prevail.