A Joyful Path, Year Three – Week 1: Thanksgiving Address — Story: Wambleeska And His Gratitude

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Thanksgiving Address — Story: Wambleeska And His Gratitude

Getting to the Heart of the Lesson

A Joyful Path, Year 3 has been developed with a focus that explores the interdependence of all things. Each lesson provides spiritual tools and practices to remind us we cannot separate ourselves from Earth, Her creatures, the elements, or one another. Our attempts to live “independently” creates the separation that leads to suffering, division, and destruction, all of which run counter to the sacred teachings present in all the World Religions, Earth-centered spiritualities, and Indigenous ways of life.

We encourage you to begin each week with some moments of mindfully noticing where you are geographically and ecologically located with respect and curiosity. A simple way to do this is with a Land Acknowledgment (1) that acknowledges and gives thanks for those who were living on the land before it was settled or colonized, and then by inviting everyone present to share something for which they feel grateful. There are more suggestions below, beneath the “Gratitude Circle” header, to help you think about how to offer a Land Acknowledgement and create a Gratitude Circle with the children to begin the lesson each time you meet.

In this first lesson, A Joyful Path begins by honoring our Native Teachers and receiving their wisdom for how to live a healthy, connected life with Spirit on Earth. Throughout the year, Indigenous teachings will be included wherever possible.Teachings of many other beings (human and more-than-human) who have long been marginalized by dominant culture and the views of religions expressed too narrowly will also be included.

Feeling grateful helps us to know that we are an important part of Creation. When we express our gratitude, we feel better about ourselves, and more connected to others and the world around us.

Each Year Three Lesson Includes:

Teacher: Getting to the Heart of the Lesson
Teacher Reflection
Spiritual Affirmation with full color Art
Original Story, and Activities, Bible Verses,
Wisdom Quotes

Be sure to click here to download the Teaching Introduction and Instructions.

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