Giving Thanks

Planet EarthI would like you to reach back in time and give thanks to the blue-green bacteria who initiated the masses by breathing volatile oxygen, for without them we could not be here.

And let us then give thanks to the plants who recognized that the sun is food, and in their breath, then give us ours.

And then let us give thanks to the marine life who perceived the strength of calcium and acquired it for shell and bone, for without them we could not move around as we do.

And let us give thanks to the mammals who adapted to land by keeping a warm ocean within their wombs, for without them we could have been born.

And then let us give thanks to our ancestors who got it into their heads that they are smart and make a difference, for without them we could not have evolved.

And let us give then give thanks to our bodies for all the powerful ways we can sense our world.

GaiaAnd now let us bring our hearts and minds together in this place in time.

Let us share our breath and one another, the one gift we can give at any given moment.

And let us give thanks for the process of life and death and rebirth. Let us give thanks to all that is known and all that remains a mystery.

Look at one another adoringly. We are each a door through another can see through into the world.

We are imperfect mirrors but loving ones, just the same.

So give thanks and be here, now, present, in this space with this community.

Copyright 2015, Arianna Alexsandra Collins

Arianna with Monkshood on SamhainArianna Alexsandra Collins, naturalist, poet, writer, wild edible enthusiast, and Wiccan High Priestess lives in Ashfield, MA.

Into the Outside by AriannaInto the Outside is a periodic feature in the Shelburne Falls Independent. This article appears in the Thanksgiving 2018 edition.

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