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.

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. 

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