Monday, November 25, 2013

Goddesses in the Dust: Gratitude

An archaeologist unearths the divine feminine, one archetype at a time...

As a little girl growing up in the Catholic Church, I heard the word eucharist used all the time. Now, having worked in Greece for many years, I use the word efharisto all the time. 

Only recently did I connect the two words: eucharist is from the Greek: efharisto, which means to thank. The root of the word is the Greek, charis, which means grace. In mythology, Charis is one of the three graces and is also the root of the word charity.
The Three Graces in Botticelli's Primavera
This week is Thanksgiving. Traditionally it means gathering with family to eat turkey and stuffing with all the trimmings and heralds the official start of the holiday season. But I try to stop and remember the meaning behind the word. Like connecting eucharist with efharisto, I'd like to connect with the deeper meaning of this holiday not only on Thanksgiving day, but every day. To have gratitude for all we have in our lives is a state of mind that can be cultivated. It is a blessing that brings peace to your soul. 

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
-Epicurus

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
-Meister Eckhart




On this Thanksgiving I wish you all the ability to feel gratitude and the sense of peace that it brings. 

9 comments:

  1. It's good to be reminded of the things that truly matter. And we do have a lot to be grateful for.

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  2. This is a fantastic post, Amanda. Your words and message travel straight to my heart just now.

    You 've provided the kickoff to my grateful holiday season. Xo

    The best to you , my friend

    Love
    kj

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  3. Good text about cultural connections.
    On every day basis we often forgot to be thankfull

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  4. You always manage to teach me something new.
    I'm most grateful for these virtual encounters where total strangers share with open arms and spirit, and we all grow in wisdom and humanity.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  5. I love how you connected the New World to the Old World in this post. I'm grateful for interesting posts such as this one and for getting to know you better. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. I've long been aware of the "thanks" nature of "eucharist." (After all, I did study Greek.) I've read recently about some research that shows thankful, grateful people live better (mentally and physically).

    A delightful post for a time of eucharist.

    Happy Thanksgiving. Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  7. each blessed day:))) each blessed day:)

    love to you all and a hope that you are able to hack into the presence of the moment (as i too try so hard to do. and with thanks. yes, with thanks.

    xo
    erin

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  8. What a beautiful post! Thank you. :)

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