It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it is gratefulness that makes us happy.
Autumn and the Thanksgiving Holiday presents us with an opportunity to reflect on our inner and outer harvests. This signals the need to balance the light and darkness within us. Autumn also reminds us of the impermanence of everything. The leaves fall, reminding us of the fleeting nature of all things.
The fruits of the harvest are gathered and stored. The trees shed their leaves and reveal their true forms. The days grow shorter and darker. Autumn is the season for reflecting on what it means to be truly alive, and to give thanks for the gifts an authentic life bestows.
Living authentically means increasing your self-knowledge, your self-awareness and living mindfully with integrity. As autumn represents the ripening of the crops, authenticity represents the coming into maturity of our own character. Gratitude allows us to ground ourselves in humility and recognize our authentic nature. When we live gratefully, we become our true ourselves.
Happy Thanksgiving 2017 !