Gratitude for Food: Why I Fasted on Thanksgiving

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | November 28th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Giving Back, Personal Growth | tags: dinner, eating, empathize, empathy, family, fast, fasting, feast, food, food bank, friends, grateful, gratitide, holiday, homeless, hungry, mindful, mindfulness, poor, thankful, thanks, thanksgiving, Thich Nhat Hanh


I love good food and celebrations with family and friends. Which makes Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays — it serves up both in spades!

But this Thanksgiving, I did something a little different. Rather than filling my belly with the usual feast, I decided to observe a day of fasting, which I followed up with a donation to our local food bank.

That’s right: a no-food Thanksgiving!

Give Gifts a Good Reception

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: acceptance, christmas, gifts, give, giving, grace, graciousness, gratitude, guilt, Hanukkah, holidays, receive, receiving, Relationships, spiritual transaction, thanks

Woman with holiday gift

With the holidays approaching, no doubt many of us are making a list and checking it twice. Ensuring that we find just the right gift to give to those we cherish in our lives.

Yet the giving is only half of the equation. We’ll undoubtedly be receiving gifts, too. And while many of us are world-class givers, can we say the same about receiving?

New Year’s Wishes for You

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | December 30th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: 2011, affirmation, affirmations, beauty, blessings, change, christmas, faith, freedom, future, gratitude, growth, Hanukkah, holiday, HOPE, intention, journal, joy, life, love, meditation, new year, peace, prayer, Relationships, season, spirituality, thankful, thanks, universe, wishes

 Smiling woman in winter clothing holding a coffee mug

Happy Holidays,

As we moved toward the end of this year, I really began to contemplate how I, personally, wanted to end 2010.

In All Things Give Thanks

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | November 18th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, anger, change, frustration, grace, gratitude, inspiration, intention, life, Personal Growth, prayer, Relationships, thankful, thanks, thanksgiving, visualization

Woman holding white flower

I have been contemplating gratitude for the past few days. What came forward for me was that everything is a gift. When I look back on my life, I can see how every event, experience and person supported me in being the person that I am today.

5 Things to Be Thankful For

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 25th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: food, holidays, natural food, thanks, thanksgiving

I’ve mentioned before my family tradition of sharing what we’re thankful for before we begin eating our Thanksgiving feast.

While this year has been a challenging one for so many people I know (and certainly my family hasn’t been immune to this) I think that there is still plenty for us to be thankful for, particularly when it comes to food and our food sources. This year, I’m looking more broadly than my little family. Here’s what I think we all can be thankful for:

What I’m Thankful For

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 19th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: food, holidays, natural food, thanks, thanksgiving

In our house, as in many, we have a Thanksgiving tradition where we go around the table and each person shares what he or she is most thankful for. It’s a nice, introspective pause before we all dig in to an enormous feast that took days to prepare, and my only regret is that it’s something that we only do once a year.

Getting A Head Start on Turkey Day

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 12th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: food, natural food, thanks, thanksgiving, Thanksgiving dinner

This year, for the first time in many years, I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my mom. It’s the favorite for both my mom and myself, so you can imagine we’re pretty jazzed about it. In fact, we’re already working on planning our menu and figuring out the timeline.

How to Harvest Your Blessings

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 15th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, blessings, contemplation, enjoyment, gifts, give thanks, happiness, intention, spiritual practice, thanks

The fall season is generally a time for harvesting crops. It is the time of year for seeing what has grown from the seeds that have been planted and then moving the harvest into storage for the winter. I was thinking about what I am harvesting at this time in my life, and what came is that I am harvesting a myriad of blessings.