We are blessed for all that we are so generously given by life, by mother earth, in each and every moment. We are grateful for all those who walk with us, which includes you, our family and tribe of beloveds. You, and all living beings on this planet are a gift.
On this day, in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. There are many ways to be with this day. Many of us will gather with our friends and family. Some of us will be remembering too, that while we get the opportunity to be with each other and give thanks for all that we have, it has come at a cost to many. Not just millions of people, but also to a way of life, a more balanced relationship with community, water, plants, animals, fish, birds, land and sky, that we are losing touch with, as a culture and species, more rapidly with each passing day.
Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture. Participants in a National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.
The Thanksgiving address below is a powerful reminder, healing meditation and connector for us all, especially in these times of deep division felt all around the world.
We honor the elders, first nations people and all caretakers of the earth, who cultivate a sacred relationship with all of life.
Thank you for walking with us.
We love you always and all ways.
In Gratitude –
Ena Vie & Dr. Howard Lipp