Thanksgiving is the time when we gather around with family and friends and spend a little time being grateful and thankful for the blessings in our lives. Canadians have already celebrated this holiday and our American friends will have an opportunity to do so this week. I am particularly excited this year as my American grandchildren will be spending their Thanksgiving with me.

Before getting caught up in the frenzy of ‘Black Friday’ and the call to shop, shop, shop, I do hope you will all take a moment with me to pause and just enjoy and appreciate the moment.

I have my Thanksgiving Aromatic Blessings Blend ready. When we are all together we will take a couple of moments to quieten and center ourselves. Then each of us will get a tissue or cotton ball with a drop of the blend. We will take a moment to center ourselves and just slowly breathe in the aroma. We will then say our own blessings, either out loud or to ourselves. It will depend on what everyone else prefers to do. I might say something like: “It is with a feeling of sincere gratitude and thankfulness that I take this moment to acknowledge all the wonderful blessing in my life. I am truly grateful for all the experiences this past year has brought and the incredible learning opportunities these have afforded me.”

This will be a great way to start our time together. Of course you could spend as much, or as little time on this as you like but as my grandchildren range in age from under 2 to 13 we won’t be spending a great deal of time on it.

My Thanksgiving Aromatic Blessing Synergy for 2016
Peace: Ylang Ylang 1 parts/drops
Harmony: Orange 5 parts/drops
Patience: Lavender 4 parts/drops
Love: Bergamot 5 parts/drops
If you’d like to use this recipe you can adjust the different oils to suit your aroma preferences.

An Iroquois Prayer of Thanksgiving
We return thanks to our mother, the Earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

I wish you all a season filled with an abundance of Blessings, Joy and Love!

Seasonal Blends for Thanksgiving