Guru Nanak's Birthday falls this coming Friday, the 26th of November2004.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
Every day should be a day to give thanks to God for all that He has provided
There is an interesting story connected with 'Thanksgiving' which I am about
to share with you. In the year 1609 a group of people left England for Holland.
After having lived in Holland for a while, they decided to travel to America.
They sailed in a ship called 'Mayflower' The trip was long and cold and it took
them 65 days to reach. Since the pilgrims were afraid that a fire would break
out aboard the ship, they used to eat the food without cooking it. Many people
fell ill and one died. The Pilgrims settled in the excellent harbor of Plymouth
where there was plenty of fish available. The new settlers were however afraid
that a group of local Native Americans would attack them.
But amongst the Natives, there was a brave one who had learned English from
captains of fishing boats. His name was Samoset.
Samoset had a friend, called
Squanto, who was also a Native and had traveled to England and Spain and knew
how to speak English very well. They both befriended the Pilgrims. Samoset
walked into the Plymouth Settlement, welcomed the Pilgrims and Squanto taught
the Pilgrims how to tap the maple trees for sap. Squanto also taught the
pilgrims how to recognize plants that had medicinal properties or were poisonous
and how to plant the Indian corn.
The Pilgrims were happy. They had built homes, raised crops and were friendly
with the Natives. It was time for Thanksgiving and celebration. Squanto and
other Indians joined in. It is believed that that celebration took place in
Mid-October. Difficulties followed. The following year, the harvest was not so
bountiful. The third year the crops died in the fields. The Pilgrims fasted and
prayed and then soon, it rained!
The day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed on the 29th of November that year! New
York State made Thanksgiving Day a festival to be celebrated every year! Today
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of every November!
Keep a gratitude journal
Inspired by an article by Henry Fountain
You are expected to be grateful on Thanksgiving Day
One should be grateful all the time.
It is a necessary requisite for giving healing as
in Reiki…It is also important if one needs to manifest miracles in ones life.
Even if nothing else, it makes you happier.
Keep a gratitude journal.
Could jotting down a few grateful thoughts, really
be the key to contentment?
Robert Emmons, a psychologist at the University of
California, Davis and a leading expert in positive psychology states:
“There are really tangible, concrete benefits to
Health improves, relationships get better, people
are more active and enthusiastic…
But as Emmon says: Keeping a journal may be simple
but it is not easy…there is the sheer discipline of writing…the key is not just
to write it down but to write it down mindfully-to focus, to imagine, to
re-experience…Tal Ben-Shahar, a lecturer in psychology in Harvard says: “If we
are not aware of the good things in our lives, then as far as we are concerned
they don’t exist.”
So keep a journal, I do!