The Thanksgivings – Translated from a traditional Iroquois prayer
~ Harriet Maxwell Converse
We who are here present thank the Great Spirit that we are here to praise Him.
We thank Him that He has created men and women, and ordered that these beings shall always be living to multiply the earth.
We thank Him for making the earth and giving these beings its products to live on.
We thank Him for the water that comes out of the earth and runs for our lands.
We thank Him for all the animals on the earth.
We thank Him for certain timbers that grow and have fluids coming from them for us all.
We thank Him for the branches of the trees that grow shadows for our shelter.
We thank Him for the beings that come from the west, the thunder and lightning that water the earth.
We thank Him for the light which we call our oldest brother, the sun that works for our good.
We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.
We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank all its trees.
We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.
We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs, the stars.
We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.
We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.
We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant occasion.
We give thanks for the persons who can sing the Great Spirit’s music, and hope they will be privileged to continue in his faith.
We thank the Great Spirit for all the persons who perform the ceremonies on this occasion.
It’s that time of year! Both the fullness of life and the blessings that abound are in the forefront of our thoughts. I know for myself I love spending the month of November consciously focused on gratitude and at the same, the business of the season, the labor (of love of course!) in the preparation of home and food, and of course… family! can distract from this noblist of efforts. This can be a joyful time AND a stressful time. I like to run this blend in the diffuser because it smells like the Thanksgiving holiday – baking and cider… it also reminds me to focus on thankfulness instead of getting swept away with the to-do list.
I invite you to take a look at your plans for this holiday and ask yourself… what can you do less of? What can you simplify in order to create space for you to celebrate you?