November 22, 2010
Thanksgiving Graces and Poems
Here's a lovely collection of graces and poems that are suitable for the Thanksgiving holiday (really for any day).
May We Be Restored
May this food restore our strength, giving new energy to tired limbs,
new wisdom to weary minds.
May this drink restore our souls, giving new vision to dry spirits,
new warmth to cold hearts.
May this nourishment refresh our awareness, giving joy-filled service to all beings,
new thankfulness for life's blessings.
- from our Naikan retreats (ToDo Institute)
All Life is One
by Joan Bennett
All Life is One
And everything that lives is holy
Plants, Animals and People
All must eat to live and nourish one another
We bless the lives that have died to give us this food
Let us eat together
Resolving by our word to pay the debt of our existence.
God help us to live slowly; To move simply; To look softly; To allow emptiness; To let the heart create for us. Amen.
- Michael Leunig
It Felt Love
by HafizHow did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
All its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light
Against its being,
We all remain
A Remedy for Insomnia
by Vera PavlovaNot sheep coming down the hills,
not cracks on the ceiling—
count the ones you loved,
the former tenants of dreams
who would keep you awake,
once meant the world to you,
rocked you in their arms,
those who loved you . . .
You will fall asleep, by dawn, in tears.As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it. What happens here is a spiraling ascent, a process of growth in ever expanding circles around a steady center.
-- Brother David Steindl-RastEarth, water, fire, air and space
Combine to make this food.
Numberless beings gave their lives and labors that
we may eat.
May we be nourished, that we may nourish life.
-Meal Gatha (Zen tradition)
A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances.
A complaining soul complains even if he lives in paradise.
-- Baha'u'llah Posted on November 22, 2010 12:12 PM