Preparing for a thanks-giving dinner

Forgiving past hurts within yourself can radiate a loving and peaceful presence throughout your home.

by Khayriyyah Savannah — 

As the holiday season approaches, you may be stocking the pantry with extra goodies and arranging your home to accommodate family gatherings. It’s a good practice to also give thanks for the time you will spend with your loved ones.

Recognizing that these busy, stressful times can contribute to strains in our relationships, we can mentally prepare to avoid unnecessary family drama. Remembering the good times and focusing on positive traits in one another keeps good energy flowing in any situation. Forgiving past hurts within yourself can radiate a loving and peaceful presence throughout your home.

Create an upbeat or inspiring atmosphere by choosing music, instead of turning on the television. Relaxing candle scents or aromatherapy oils can enhance the collective chi of your gathering. Try soothing lavender and uplifting orange for a festive combination. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption by serving creative juice blends and herbal teas.

Consider planning for family outings, volunteering to serve others or donating to local food banks as ways to share positive experiences.

With a little conscious effort, you can cook love and gratitude right into the food. If you are blessed to be cooking the dinner, preparing with thanks is a good way to begin.

 

Khayriyyah Savannah is a licensed massage therapist, Reiki master, herbalist, musician and sound therapist specializing in energy healing for women. 602-301-1825, www.revitenergy.com or ksavannah@cox.net.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 27, Number 5, October/November 2008.

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