We want to wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving. This year, with all that is happening in our country, it seems more important than ever to take a break from the news and focus on gratitude and loving.
As you go through your Thanksgiving Day, think of things you have to be grateful for. Everyone has something and, as you focus on that, you will find more things.
I'm Grateful For...
Each time you feel something to be grateful for, imagine that you are plucking a most lovely flower. If you continue throughout the day feeling your gratitude, you will find that you have a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
If some of your feelings of gratitude involve people, reach out and communicate your feelings. Even sending someone a small text thanking them for their contribution to your life will be a blessing to that person.
If you are alone and are feeling lonely, you can still reach out and thank people. And if you are with family members and there is tension between you perhaps there is even one thing that you could find about that family member that you could thank. Every bit of gratitude goes a very long way.
Feeling Gratitude and Expressing It
Yes it is nice to eat a good meal with friends and family. But the deeper reason for the holiday is about feeling gratitude and expressing it.
If your day is all about thanks-giving (giving thanks), you will have a wonderful day, even if you are delayed in an airport somewhere not able to make your connection. Still you can express gratitude to others, and this opening of the heart in love will have a powerful effect on you.
A Bouquet of Gratitude
This could be the best Thanksgiving of your life and it has nothing to do with the food that you eat.
We are sending our love and gratitude to each of you for the beauty of the connection that we feel with you.
Book by Joyce & Barry Vissell:
The Heart's Wisdom: A Practical Guide to Growing Through Love
by Joyce Vissell and Barry Vissell.
About the Author(s)
Joyce & Barry Vissell, a nurse/therapist and psychiatrist couple since 1964, are counselors near Santa Cruz, CA. They are widely regarded as among the world's top experts on conscious relationship and personal growth. They are the authors of The Shared Heart, Models of Love, Risk To Be Healed, The Heart’s Wisdom, Meant To Be, and A Mother’s Final Gift. Here are a few opportunities to bring more love and growth into your life, at the following events led by Barry and Joyce Vissell: Jul 22-27, 2018—Shared Heart Summer Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon; and Oct 10-16, 2018—Assisi Retreat, Italy; Feb 10-17, 2019 — Hawaii Couples Retreat on the Big Island. For further information on counseling sessions by phone or in person, their books, recordings or their schedule of talks and workshops. Visit their web site at SharedHeart.org.
Two New Books by the Vissells:
To Really Love a Woman
by Barry and Joyce Vissell.
How does a woman really need to be loved? How can her partner help to bring out her deepest passion, her sensuality, her creativity, her dreams, her joy, and at the same time allow her to feel safe, accepted and appreciated? This book gives tools to the readers to more deeply honor their partners. Although these writings refer mostly to heterosexual women and men, there is a wealth of information for LGBTQ. Our focus, after all, is how to deeply love another person, whether it be a man or a woman.
To Really Love a Man
by Joyce and Barry Vissell.
How does a man really need to be loved? How can his partner help to bring out his sensitivity, his emotions, his strength, his fire, and at the same time allow him to feel respected, secure, and acknowledged? This book gives tools to the readers to more deeply honor their partners. Although these writings refer mostly to heterosexual women and men, there is a wealth of information for LGBTQ. Our focus, after all, is how to deeply love another person, whether it be a man or a woman.