I find gratefulness in the smallest of things. The happiest times of my life were when the biggest harvest NYC had to offer was a grocery bag full of 10-cent Top Ramen and a tray of various chicken parts for soup. Friends accompanied me at almost every meal, thankful and wide-eyed like children on Christmas morning I welcomed every day with expectation of good.
Thanksgiving historically is not just for Americans, as this tradition actually began in the 1500s with the English. The early settlers in the America simply adopted a familiar tradition to give thanks for the harvest, their new land, and all the good in their lives. But people in many different lands also celebrate Thanksgiving, mostly for the same reason as American’s have embraced.
When we sit down to our Thanksgiving dinners, rife with lush and caloric food, do we feast on our over indulgence? Eating too many helpings of apple and pumpkin pie after 3 plates of turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and baked rolls makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it; although, I have definitely been there. When you grow up without ever getting a second helping—except on holidays—one tends to overeat and doesn’t complain—outloud.
The Christian bible says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” everyday. This promise becomes something to be thankful for, yet most us can’t even fathom the idea of what the kingdom means. Is it inside us (Luke 17:20), as the bible also says? Is it prosperity, truth, love, intimate relationships, the perfect job, or plenty of land? If you were to give thanks this week on #Thanksgiving, exactly what would you be grateful for in your life? And, most importantly, does your gratefulness embrace the belief that God has given you your portion of abundant life?
One tradition I learned from the American Indians is to go around the table and allow each person to express one thankful moment. With this idea, everyone gets to take part of the unified prayer of thanks at the table. You will hear everything from being grateful for beautiful flowers, the smell of jasmine on a summer day, pets, to my beautiful spouse. Rarely will you hear people speak of being thankful for big money and fancy cars, as wealth isn’t the barebones of life. Expensive items become the bobbles in life, not the mainframe or foundation.
This, opposed to an Italian proverb that says, “If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot!” Being thankful for the bad in our lives just doesn’t seem to fit the tradition. However, if we look closely, we may thank otherwise.
Absolutely and positively, every horrible event in my life had turned out to be some of the most blessed and cherished moment of growth. So, how do I make room in my prayer on this Thanksgiving Day for things like the recent hurricane or a bombing of an American icon?
Again, I go back to American and Christian traditions of the first settlers. In the book of Romans 8:28 the Christian bible says: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” If we are to be thankful for the rich life God has given us on this day of bounty and harvest, let’s glean the wheat from the chaff as well.
“From the spoils of my terrible childhood, I became a strong man able to help others through difficult times.” “From the bombing of 9-11, I became a more compassionate person.” “From going bankrupt, a understood about building a business on firm foundation.” “From the diagnosis of my cancer, I found a new relationship with my spouse.”
On this week of Thanksgiving, let us all dig a little deeper and be thankful for the amazing lives we now have as a result of so many tragic and wonderful days as humans. Let us also rejoice in the smallest joys, such as our pet greeting us at the door, a consistent paycheck, health, and even the wisdom to compassionately observe this awesome state of humanness.
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The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”
A Year to CLEAR Challenge!
The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.
My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.
As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.
The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.
The One-Year Approach to Change
No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.
Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”
In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.
Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.
Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
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Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
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