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Nicholas Roerich, Star of the Hero (1936)

Thanksgiving 2018

“Today we have gathered and see that the cycles of life continue.” The Mohawk Thanksgiving greeting to the world is a spectacular act of mindfulness. They gather together to notice and honor the living world around them. They offer thanks to the People, to Mother Earth and all her plants and herbs and creatures, to…

George Inness, The Home of the Heron, oil on canvas, 30 by 45 inches, The Art Institute of Chicago, Edward B. Butler Collection, 1893

Giving Thanks

“Today we have gathered and see that the cycles of life continue.” Adapted from the Mohawk, this Thanksgiving greeting to the world offers thanks to the People, to Mother Earth and all her plants and herbs and creatures, to the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the Waters, the Four Winds, and the Teachers. In the…

Thanksgiving Meditation

The model for our modern Thanksgiving was a celebration that happened in 1621, at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. The Wampanoag Native Americans helped the pilgrims cultivate the land and fish, saving them from starvation. Giving and gratitude was a way of life for Native Americans, not just a special celebration of safe passage. Their generosity was not just kindness but initiation. They were inducting the mostly English settlers in a new way to be on this Earth—participating in every aspect of life as if it is sacred. Their pipe ceremony was a form of prayer like the pilgrim’s Lord’s…

What I Know Now

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love,” Mother Teresa famously said.  She and other wise beings also indicated that doing small things with attention and the aspiration to act as if we are part of a greater whole can be a source of strength—even grace.  Being part of the community of Parabola has revealed much about this in the past year. Early in November, I interviewed the green Manhattan developer Jonathan Rose for the upcoming “Burning World” issue of Parabola.  At the time of the interview, I was heating by wood stove due to the…