When we are passionate about Mother Earth for all our blessings, Thanksgiving becomes a very special occasion to give gratitude to Nature for all its extra-ordinary gifts that it bestows upon us without any expectations.
Here are some beautiful gratitude poems from the Native American Elders of different tribes as they teach us to give thanks to Mother Earth, our benevolent provider..
"Give thanks for another day of life here on this earth.
It is another day that we may enjoy the compassionate goodness of our Creator.
Let us all come together as one people.
Let us look to the shortest grasses, close to the bosom of our Mother Earth,
as we put our minds together as one mind.
We include all plant life, bird life, and Four Winds.
As one mind with respect and thanksgiving move upward to the Sky World:
honor the Grandmother Moon, who has a direct relationship to the females of all species.
As one mind with respect and thanksgiving honor the Sun and the Stars;
and all Spiritual Beings of the Sky World.
They carry the original instructions in the great Circle of Life.
With one mind we respect and are grateful for the sacred Circle of Life."
"Celebration is also a meeting of hearts and minds. It is about holding hands in a cirlce and connecting. Plants are masters of empathy! Of sharing another's thoughts and feelings. Celebration brings us closer to people and plants. When we understand another person or living thing, we feel for her, him or it and we develop a sense of respect. This respect grows deeper overtime as it develops into love,reverence and even awe.My heart is filled with joy when I see you here, as the brooks fill with water and the snow melts in the spring, and I feel glad as the pones are, when the fresh grass starts in the begining of the year." Chief Ten Bears, Yamparika Comanche Tribe.
On People and Plants
Plants are sentient beings who exhibit an astounding level of awareness and interaction with their environment. No other living things are more finely attuned to the sun, the moon and perhaps even the stars. Plants grow up into the sky and down into the earth at the same time. Leaves, flowers, tendrils, roots, flowers twigs are in constant slow motion. Bending, plowing, circling as the plant grows and reacts to the daily change in temperature, sunlight and humidity around it.
We do not experience plants as the lively creatures they are because they move to the beat of a different slower drummer. Slow perhaps but strong. Growing roots and trunks that can buckle sidewalks,crack foundations and cause dams to give way.
One 3ft section of root, 4 inches in diameter, exceeds 50 tonnes of pressure as it grows enough to life 25 sub-compact automobiles. Try lifting 100 gallons of water to tree-top level. a birch tree accomplishes this feat on a dry day. Imagine holding 100K walnuts aloft, as some trees do before harvest.
It is understandable that the symbol of gifts of plants, especially flowers are associated with many positive values such as love, condolences or friendship. And a trip to a greenhouse induces peace and serenity.
Native North Americans have known the healing power of certain plants and will even stand with their backs against an old tree with arms stretched, to absorb the trees wisdom, peace and power, especially when out on a long wearying journey.
In a nurturing circle of life, people have observed that plants respond to singing and frequent gentle touching. It has long been known that gardening and gardens induce a theraputic relaxation response among people.
Some controversial experiments report that changes in the electric potential monitored in plant cells indicate that plants may even react when they or other nearby plants or animals are harmed. The boundaries of human sensory perception limit our ability to fully understand the powers of awareness and behaviour amongs plants.
Our bodies are the instrument we use to interact with the world around us by which we see, hear, taste, smell, taste and intuit. It is more than merely perceiving through our organs. It is a deeper way of connecting in a more harmonious way with earth.
Plants with their ability to elicit positive emotions in human beings are perfect partners in establishihng a sensory circle of attunement.
When we engage plants in a loving, caring stewardship, we are participating in one of the true circles of life. We are performing one of the tasks of a true human being."
Cheif Jake Swamp, (Mohawk tribe)
Perhaps these would be beautiful letters you can share with a young student to teach them to appreciate our connection to all beings and things, as we are a source of Energy.