Thanksgiving 2023 | My Eyes Are Up Here

Thanksgiving 2023 | My Eyes Are Up Here

Hi All,

These days is the U.S. Thanksgiving, a working day loaded with good recollections of family members get-togethers and a target on gratitude. (There are also the tricky family dynamics, way too, and grief for relatives associates and mates who have been missing.) The vacation, on the other hand, is created on colonialism and genocide of what have been sovereign nations prior to the arrival of Europeans.

The good sections of this holiday really don’t erase the poor parts. The bad parts do not erase the superior pieces, but the lousy pieces are seriously terrible.

I aspire to be a peace maker. This has been a very long time aim, most likely since I was a smaller baby. I was most likely unpleasant with folks getting unsatisfied and wanting to be sure to. That temperamental trait grew and I have labored tough to respect the legal rights and value of people today, which includes myself. It has been a extensive road.

There is a powerful pull for human brains to “take sides” and it is especially potent suitable now. I have been participating in a meditation team, targeted on reactive judgments (Transforming the Judgmental Head), for the past 7 months. We now meet up with each individual month via Zoom. The last meeting was suitable after the Hamas attack on Israel. Everyone felt grief for many motives and considering the fact that lots of of the members are Jewish, they held grief for the individuals of Israel and Gaza within just the context of multi-generational trauma.

Today I am grateful for the possibility to keep area for grief, for gratitude, and the intention to acquire the facet for peace.

Be nicely,


We are staying in LaConner, WA for the Thanksgiving holidays. This is a haven for migratory snow geese and other birds. It is also positioned in the Swinomish Reservation.