It’s Thanksgiving in the USA today. While that first feast of the pilgrims and the Indians, one of our enduring American myths, is a big lie–the colonizers, as usual, decimated the indigenous people–I like the family nature of the day itself, that it is not a religious holiday, and it does not involve gifts beyond a pie or some jello salad (lol) for the table.
I also like giving thanks.
Yes, lots of bad things happen, to us and in the world. But here we are, still alive to read (and write) this post. I am thankful for life, for food, and a home. I am thankful for Somatic Experiencing® (SE), through which I have come to love and accept myself. I am thankful that through SE, resilience can be increased, that the trauma and toxic stress of those bad things can be released, that I am now trained to do that, and can help others’ lives open up as mine has.
I am especially thankful for Oriental Dance, which has brought so much good into my life.
I am thankful for my body, for its dancing, however much it grumbles, for keeping me safe enough to be here now, typing this.
I am thankful for my family, friends, students, and teachers.
I am thankful for you.