LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

Joel Shuler

For this month of thanksgiving, I am happy to use this space to share the following meditation, a prayer that reminds me of the essential element of gratitude, a daily mindset that helps shape and guide the soul’s journey through this life.

Morning Prayer to the Four Airts

A meditation by Tom Cowan, based on a 19th Century prayer from the Scottish Highlands

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising of Life Itself. As the sun brightens up the sky and earth, may my soul be bright with gratitude for all the good things in my life. May I be generous in sharing these with others.

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising of Life Itself. As the trees, rivers, animals and everything sing their songs of life, may my soul sing the song of my heart. May I sing gladly whether in joy or in sorrow, and may it help me find humor and laughter in the day.

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising of Life itself. As the sun crosses the sky to where it will set in the west, may my soul proceed on its journey through life. May I keep the vision of my life ever before me, and may I have faith that my life has meaning.

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising of Life Itself. As everything in nature strives to live and survive, may my soul be strong in its struggles. May I meet adversity with courage and hope.

I give thanks that I have risen again today and to the Great Rising of Life Itself. As the earth spreads out from me to the horizon, may my soul expand to embrace it. May I speak the truth of the land and take responsibility for my life.

Source: Chapter 1 opening prayer in Seeing in the Dark: Claim Your Own Shamanic Power Now and in the Coming Age, by Colleen Deatsman and Paul Bowersox.

May the spirit of gratitude be your daily companion throughout the wonderful month of November and beyond.

Joel-signature Joel Shuler, Publisher

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