This week is a week of celebrating what we are thankful for. We gather with family and friends together and think about all we are thankful for over the last year.
This last year has been hard for me personally. It started with my mothers diagnoses with breast cancer, and lead down a deep dark road of depression. I have been depressed before, but this summers funk was a new low, and I am glad to be well out of it. Coming out of the fog, and re-committing to my self, my family, and the life I want to lead was a very important turning point in my life, and has given new light to the dark shadows of my past, and present life, which I am truly grateful for.
I am also so blessed and happy to have my loving family (yes, for those of you who follow my instagram account, I do include the dogs and cat as family), friends, and clients, who often feel like family and friends.
What I went through this summer has helped me assess my life, how I live it, and how to shine my light more for all to see, without hiding who I truly am as a person.
I enjoy helping others. I enjoy sitting around with friends, a hot cup of tea, and a good conversation. I love making simple herbal medicines that help change peoples health and life. I also love educating people about their own health, their bodies, and how to improve their health. By educating individuals bout how their bodies work, and how to support them through health, these people can then go and live in health, without constant involvement from outside sources.
This is why I thing Natural Herbal Living Magazine, and the herb box that accompanies it is so important. It is a resource that empowers individuals to take control of their own health and well being. It gives you the tools you need to make the medicine you can use for your family to be well. It gives you the skills you need to make herbal medicines, and helps a person feel brave in making remedies for themselves and their families.
Since today is Thanksgiving in the US, I wanted to spend this week giving thanks. For a few years I have been trying to avoid Thanksgiving because I don’t approve of the thanksgiving myth that Americans have for this holiday. We often tell the story of Thanksgiving being a holiday to celebrate the Pilgrims and Native Americans feasting at harvest time, often saying the Native people o the land saved the pilgrims. Though there is a historical documentation of a harvest celebration between the survivors of the Mayflower (seen in the Pilgrim leader Edward Winslow’s letter mentioned in the NYT article linked below) and the Native people, that is all. May Native Americans see Thanksgiving as a day of mourning, the beginning of their constant oppression and suffering since the colonizers came.
I feel we have to speak their truth as well.
This is an insightful article by Christine Nobiss, MA (Religious Studies), Plains Cree/Saulteaux of the George Gordon First Nation and Decolonizer with Seeding Sovereignty
Thanksgiving is actually an American holiday started by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. This is an excerpt from a New York Times Article
“”His Oct. 3, 1863, proclamation read: “In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity … peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict.”
But it took another year for the day to really catch hold. In 1864 Lincoln issued a second proclamation, which read, “I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust.” Around the same time, the heads of Union League clubs – Theodore Roosevelt’s father among them – led an effort to provide a proper Thanksgiving meal, including turkey and mince pies, for Union troops. As the Civil War raged on, four steamers sailed out of New York laden with 400,000 pounds of ham, canned peaches, apples and cakes – and turkeys with all the trimmings. They arrived at Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters in City Point, Va., then one of the busiest ports in the world, to deliver dinner to the Union’s “gallant soldiers and sailors.””
Instead of having a “Black Friday” sale, this week I want to give thanks to you, my readers, customers, clients and friends. I will be hosting 7 giveaways this week, one a day, each expires 7 days after it starts. These will be herbal books, resources, and goodies from my self, and other herbalists who are amazing.
I am also offering 25% off of all of the products in the store, including past magazine issues, salves, bath salts, classes, gift sets and more! You can use the coupon code thankyou in the shop for 25% off!
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