Beautiful thoughts from my faery sister, Laura, on this Day of Gratitude – a day I hope each of you will extend to every single moment of life you are breathing. I’m reminded of my favorite Thanksgiving celebrations, which were non-traditional faery feasts and fun shared with Laura. Today I’ll be celebrating with a vegan buffet feast with friends. However you choose to celebrate today, I hope it is with all of your heart.
I love Laura’s alternative suggestion she shares in her post, to boycotting Black Friday’s biggest shopping day of the year, “In the spirit of giving and flow, I suggested an alternative: making homemade gifts, shopping locally, and supporting small business owners you know and love. In today’s incredibly stressful world, sometimes the gift of beautiful art, quiet relaxation and/or new found clarity is the very best thing you can offer someone who wouldn’t normally splurge on that for themselves.” This is exactly what I choose to be engaged in myself.
I know that today is also a day of various forms of feasting and for me this day of sharing gratitude is also an extension of expressing my compassion and the life I have chosen to life as a direct mirror of that. For me, compassion extends to all of life, every day of my life. There hasn’t been (for the last 8 years), and won’t be, any animals in or on my body as long as I’m breathing. So while today is about gratitude for many things and the people in our life, I am also celebrating life for turkeys and all of Mother Earth’s creatures on this day of gratitude and every day that deserves our gratitude. <3
Originally posted on Laura Bruno's Blog:
Just wanted to wish all my American readers an early Happy Thanksgiving and my worldwide readers a chance to focus a little extra energy in the attitude of gratitude. As Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Gratitude sets the stage for receiving and unites the giver and the gift.
Speaking of gifts, I know there’s a movement going on this year to boycott Black Friday, usually the biggest shopping day of the year. Some people are calling it Occupy (or De-Occupy) Black Friday. In the spirit of giving and flow, I suggested an alternative: making homemade gifts, shopping locally, and supporting small business owners you know and love. In today’s incredibly stressful world, sometimes the gift of beautiful art, quiet relaxation and/or new found clarity is the very best thing you can offer someone who wouldn’t normally splurge on that for themselves. A friend of mine also had the great idea of purchasing things like organic and heirloom seeds, gardening and indoor planting supplies, and water filters — gifts that empower others and help them to get in touch with the Earth.
Whatever you decide to purchase or not purchase — however you decide to spend Thursday and Friday — I wish you wonder, peace, love and an abundance of blessings. Here’s Deva Premal, Miten and Friends singing Tumare Darshan, a chant that bursts with sheer joy and gratitude for all the beauty and goodness of the Universe. It’s one of my very favorites. Enjoy!
For myself, I choose, in heart, not to celebrate the traditional “Thanksgiving” that most do here in the U.S. I don’t believe in the true roots of what this day represents, nor support the misleading information surrounding it.
What I do believe in is the value, power, and beauty of gratitude. And while I join with others in supporting the richness of gratitude on that day, I am much more interested in fostering eternal gratitude and having it extend to every day and every part of life.
My most memorable and favorite “Thanksgivings” or “Gratitude Day,” as Laura Bruno prefers to call it, actually were with Laura when I used to live in the Tahoe/Reno area and she lived in Northern California. I would make the 3 hour drive over to spend a beautiful, eclectic, and extended faery celebration with her. We enjoyed our non-traditional day together feasting on raw vegan food at Cafe Gratitude in the now-closed Healdsburg location, with some additional, magickal fun. Memories……
Yesterday, in honor of those faery celebrations, Dave and I, and family (including baby Violet) made way to the woodland restaurant, and one of our favorite spots, The Inn of the 7th Ray. This lovely restaurant nestled in Topanga Canyon and considered by some to be “L.A.’s most romantic restaurant” is like traveling to another world where you find mostly all organic foods and grains, coming from local farms when at all possible, and a menu arranged in esoteric vibration order. Topanga Canyon itself has lovely eclectic, artsy and high-vibe spiritual energy that makes it the perfect home for this “other-worldly realm. “
While not 100% vegan, The Inn of the 7th Ray (representing the violet ray or flame of the 7th Chakra) is a place where vegans will find themselves valued and in bliss, as well as is a place to indulge in “the purest of Nature’s foods” and a little bit of “Esoteric Nirvana.” Yesterday on the day of celebrating gratitude, they hosted a phenomenal 5 course vegan meal that was beautifully done and more than faery-tummy filling.
The setting is that of an enchanted forest where there is dining creekside under a canopy of trees decorated in white sparkly faery lights, as well as an inside room with floor to ceiling windows in what I’d call faery cottage dining style, complete with fireplace for cozy evenings and seasons. Stone staircases wind down to the main patio, lined with heating lamps for the wee and delicate faeries like myself and special tables along the perimeter in raised areas, including a raised gazebo for special dining – each surrounded by beautiful foliage for privacy and extra magick to your own making. Our table was one of these private areas graced by a lovely statue of Mary, which I have remembered over the years of coming here and sat by or directly in her sight many times.
There is even a charming new age store, The Spiral Staircase, at the main entrance before you descend into deeper enchantment for your dining experience that carries a great selection of spiritual gifts.
It’s very much like stepping into a page from the Lord of the Rings and you can feel the elementals playing and watching from all around you. The color purple can be found from linens to flowers – mirroring the energy of the 7th Crown Chakra and spiritual awakening.
Read here for more about the history of The Inn of the 7th Ray and their vibration-raising food philosophies that include esoteric knowledge and ancient mystery school wisdom: About The Inn of the 7th Ray.
Wanting to be present with those with me, the energy of the moment, and the celebration at hand, I did not take photos of the gorgeous dishes that graced the table. I did, however, get shots to share of the atmosphere and some of the beautiful statues and fountain deities that watch over this Faery Realm as they shifted from day to twilight hours over the extended 3-hour merriment. It was a beautiful day and I thoroughly enjoyed and was grateful for this celebration amidst a realm that feels more like home to me and simultaneously connects me with those special memories.