In Celebration of Thanksgiving
November 24, 2016
A Prayer of Gratitude
On November 24 this year, people all across the United States are celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving. They are reuniting with family and friends, preparing and partaking of a hearty feast, and reflecting on what they are grateful for in life. As students on the Siddha Yoga path, we too can take this opportunity to remind ourselves of the myriad ways we experience God’s bounty in our lives—and to express our gratitude for this abundance.
It is traditional on Thanksgiving to articulate gratitude specifically for nature—for the abundance of the harvest, the life-giving rains, the sun’s warmth and light, the labor of animals. This prayer is one way that the people of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy practice giving thanks to nature.
Click below to listen to the prayer, which has been recorded in both the Mohawk language and English.
©Ⓟ2016 SYDA Foundation®.
Read by Carole Ross