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This coming week, in the USA, people will be celebrating Thanksgiving... Most people think of Thanksgiving day as a time to give thanks for our blessings, for our abundance -- and that's mostly the focus. But there are other perspectives about giving thanks... Joyce Vissell suggests "Choosing To Focus On Gratitude For Our Mistakes" while M.J. Ryan, author of Attitudes of Gratitude, recommends "Choosing Gratefulness “In Spite Of”. Now that's a different outlook... being grateful for the things we don't usually think we should be grateful for, i.e. "the bad stuff".
Another perspective is brought to light in "What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Native Americans?" That article also sheds light on gratitude for what is -- while also mourning what has been lost. Perhaps it is time for us to remove our restrictive blinders with which we only see a minuscule portion of reality, and then open up our vision to see through the eyes and experiences of others.
And some of the "other" perspectives we may need to consider may be outside of our usual frame of reference... the children as well as the elders... the sick as well as the healthy... the unappreciated and unloved as well as the appreciated and loved. I look at an aspect of this in "Wisdom Has No Age Restriction -- No Start Date, No Finish Line".
Diane Gehart, in an excerpt from her new book Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers, asks: "There’s No Wrong Way to Eat a Reese’s—Or Is There?" And we round-up our reflection on gratitude with Nancy Windheart's: "A Daily Gratitude Practice That Is Very Simple"
The above are our featured articles for this week of Thanksgiving in the US. And of course, giving thanks should never be relegated to just one day or one week, so the articles are pertinent to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
And since this week includes a New Moon (as referenced in the "Astrological Journal for the Week", it is a good time to start the new project of a new attitude... and what better attitude than one of gratitude for all that is... even the things (or people) that we find challenging. Let's choose to look for the shining light in each experience, and be appreciative for what is, and for what will be.
Please scroll down for the featured articles in this new issue of InnerSelf, and also the recap of all the articles that were added to the website during the week.
Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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Written by Joyce Vissell
No one can go through this life without making mistakes. The important thing is to learn from them and feel gratitude for the learning. Some of our mistakes are financial, some educational. Some mistakes are because our actions hurt another person.
Written by M.J. Ryan
We can’t wait until everything is OK—with us or with the rest of the world—to feel thankful, or we will never experience it at all. “The world is too bent for unshadowed joy,” Lewis Smedes points out, and so we must catch and kiss our joy as it flies by, even in the midst of sorrow or suffering.
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Written by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
Perhaps you've believed, as many do, that wisdom comes with age. That the older you get, the wiser you get. And while that can generally be true, recently so many wise young voices have come to the forefront, that the uniqueness of this belief is being challenged.
Written by Diane R. Gehart
"There’s No Wrong Way to Eat a Reese’s." The Reese’s slogan raises a more poignant question: Is there a wrong way to do anything? Is there a wrong way—or even a right way—to live? If so, does it make a difference in terms of whether you are happy?
Written by Nancy Windheart
Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday for me, and for many Americans. While I love the concept of a holiday dedicated to gratitude, celebration of the harvest, and spending time with loved ones, I am also aware of the issues of...
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by Aviva Segal and Sandra Martin-Chang
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by Stephen Bright
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by Heather Ochs-Balcom
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by Samira Nasirzadeh and Eyad Alrefai
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by Eranda Jayawickreme and Frank J. Infurna
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by Amy Reichelt
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by Alexander Burgoyne
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by Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens
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A Little Humour May Help With Climate Change Gloom
by Lakshmi Magon
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Written by Pam Younghans
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