As you know, this is a special week in the US with a big family celebration. I have been joking that Black Friday is preceded by White Thursday, whatever that could possibly mean.
Commercialism has become ‘as ridiculous as ever.’ One department store we shop at is opening at 12:01 am on Thursday and 5:00 am on Friday.
That being said, I wanted to write about what I mentioned last week during our conversation. Our ability to receive.
At times, our hearts are closed and we cannot receive — hence the beautiful quote from Parker Palmer that I shared and the importance to “give time some time.”
At other times, it is a question of being able to see what we are receiving–as ‘things’ are often not as they appear.
Sometimes, what seems like a difficult episode is in fact a passage to a higher level of beingness.
I am reminded of a strong feeling of guilt I experienced as a teenager. One that I’ve worked with in just about any direction; at this point, I believe it may have been a ‘gift of some sort’ that allowed me to do the inner exploration that was needed for me in this life.
A friend of mine in the East agreed with me and even said it is a sign of ‘authenticity and tenderness’ once it becomes healed.
How could this be possible when the first taste of that emotion is so bitter?
To end, I would like to share the intention that came forth two days ago:
“May our hearts open in gratitude for what we receive.”
“May we be able to see what we receive in the first place.”
Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who celebrates and Happy Thursday to everyone else!
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