The Honorable Harvest

Lover’s Leap Trail, Hot Springs, N. Carolina, USA

A friend in Scotland spoke to me recently about the Harvest Festival celebrated there and how it involves all parts of a community in it’s endeavor to come together for the good of all beings, to learn from each other and the natural world, and celebrate the abundant sustenance that nature brings when humans are in sustainable and respectful relationship.

Based on the natural cycles and rhythms of seasons these practices of community celebration offers to bring humans back into right relationship with what essentially sustains and nourishes not only our physical being, but our emotional grounding and spiritual connection with all life.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, an indigenous elder, in the beautiful video below, reminds us that a culture of sharing is a culture of resilience. And that every breath you take is a breath given to you by plants. That we only take what we need from the natural world and always ask permission first, respecting when the clear message is no or not now.

With the fast paced and chaotic life swirling around us have we forgotten how to listen to the plants that sustain us? To be in reciprocal collaborative relationship with the natural world in order to maintain the balance and interconnected community of all life.

To respect and be grateful for each breath we have been given and give back in a way that is stewarding and mindful. To relearn what it is to listen to the messages of trees, plants, animals and seasons that are always whispering to us the wisdom of living in union giving back in reciprocity.

As we come closer to the national holiday of Thanksgiving here in the U.S. my plan to be out in nature on that day to express my gratitude for all that I am given will have me exploring ways in which I can give back as I learn even more about the trees, plants and wildlife in this area I now call home.

The recognition that as elders we have an important role to play in this revitalization of relationship between the natural world and humans through our conscious actions, our creative artistry, our wisdom and our relationships.

Every day is an opportunity to live from gratefulness and abundant “enough” in relationship with the natural world . Perhaps taking to heart some of the practices below offered by A Network For Grateful Living will remind you why you are here and the impact you can make.

Here are some suggestions from A Network For Grateful Living:

Practices to Cultivate a Truly Grateful Thanksgiving

Gaye Abbott, Natural Passages Consulting, 11/23/21. Please feel free to share this post and link to WildlyFreeElder.

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