In these tumultuous times, we take a moment to STOP, breathe… come together with family, friends, neighbors…and remember the Earth supporting us all.
Now more than ever, we feel called to connect and express our heart-ful thanks for our incredible Earth-home.
Let’s widen the circle of gratitude…and help make it *normal* in our busy, troubled culture to live in kinship with the Living World.
Vision: More and more people honoring the natural world in their Thanksgiving celebrations.
Some specific ideas:
- Plan the feast: Consider the impacts of your feast choices as you make plans (local organic food, share transportation, cloth napkins, no plastic, etc.)
- Go outdoors: Connect with the natural world and your gratitude before the feast — a walk, a meditation, a ceremony or just a moment to look up at the sky and breathe — solo or with family, friends, neighbors.
- Host a gathering: Lead a gratitude ritual, meditation, movement medicine, etc.
- Speak up: Share your gratitude for Land in your feast-table blessing and/or conversations.
- Enjoy Friday outside: Celebrate GreenFriday as a Bonus Day to “OptOutside” and enjoy Nature wherever you are… and deepen your gratitude.
- Or whatever you’re inspired to do!
Consider sharing through:
- Social media – Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc.
- In-class announcements
- 5 Ways to Thank the Earth on Thanksgiving Day — and Any Day. Tips for experiencing and expressing gratitude for nature wherever you are, by Kai Siedenburg
- Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Thanksgiving Prayer. A beautiful expression of gratitude for the natural world, often used to open and close gatherings.
- 1-Minute Miracle nature meditation videos – to tune into nature’s peace while your stuck in line at the grocery store or in traffic.
- EarthGratitude Wave. Article by Maria Rodale
- History of Thanksgiving – Short history; Wamponaog context; European context
- Buy Nothing Day. Shop less, live more!
- REI’s Opt Outside campaign. Closing on Black Friday in favor of GreenFriday — urging people to go outside.
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