Thursday, December 3, 2015

REVERB15 (Day 3) Full moon gratitude

FULL MOON GRATITUDE. This image was taken in Savannah, Georgia, in the inner courtyard of our friends Airbnb on Thanksgiving Day 2015 evening. (photos by Hallelujah Truth, aka Ruth Schowalter)
REVERB15 (Day 3) PROMPT: When was the last time you stopped to look up at the moon? What did she have to say to you?

Hallelujah for REVERB15 and the opportunity to reflect about moons and the messages they have for us!

Almost every day, I orient myself and look up into the sky to observe where the moon is and to admire its shape in whatever phase it might be. To this day, I still experience a slight sadness when it begins to wane and an exuberance when it turns to waxing. How satisfied I was recently when it was at its must full during our Thanksgiving holiday. 

My darling Chiboogamoo and I were in Savannah, Georgia, for our annual celebration of the harvest. On the night of the Thanksgiving feast when I listened to this full Thanksgiving moon, I heard the words GRATITUDE.
COMPONENTS OF THANKSGIVING FEAST. In the 1860 Sweet Savannah Cottage, our friend Ann Hartzell composed an elaborate Thanksgiving meal for us and other friends. In addition to these items, we had cranberry relish, stuffing, pumpkin and pecan pies, rolls, and other delicious morsels to eat.
I have a daily gratitude practice, a time when I acknowledge the good in my life, sometimes enacted when I have insomnia. The message that this full moon sang to me was part of the litany I hear each day as a result of noticing the FULLNESS in my life.


Thank you for my sweet patient and talented husband. Thank you for my healthy 86-year-old mother and big sister, who I traveled with for my Uncle Ken's funeral today. Thank you for the abundance in my life that allows me to explore my creativity and expand my community. Thank you for the GREAT MYSTERY that pulls me forward in this wondrous life!
DANCING THE FOOD FROM HOUSE TO COTTAGE. On the day of FULL MOON, Ann cooked in her house two doors down from the Sweet Savannah Cottage. Here I am ushering soft yeasty bread dough risen and ready to become dinner rolls for our Thanksgiving feast. (photo by Chiboogamoo, aka Tony Martin)
How might one dance "full moon gratitude"? If I had time this morning, I would do it and report my discoveries with you.
CHEERS. Ann Hartzell toasts us all on the night of the full moon as we are gathered around the Thanksgiving table of her Sweet Savannah cottage.
After receiving this REVERB15 prompt, I feel more curious about opening a dialogue with the MOON and to seeing what she might have to say to me on a continuous basis. 

That's Coffee with Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me and tell me about the last time you looked to the moon. What did you hear? 
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING BIKE RIDE. My husband and I love the Georgia coast and now have a tradition of returning to its shores or nearby to ride our bikes to celebrate the abundance in our lives.

10 comments:

  1. How lovely to commune with the moon. I'd like to see you dance full moon gratitude. I last looked at the moon this morning, but alas I have learned I cannot photograph it and have it come out looking as anything more than a blurred mess. That said, often when I look at the moon, I'm remind of poems about jumping cows or owls and their feline companions. Then I'm transported back into one of my favorite novels, Lighthouse Keeping by Jeanette Winterson. There's a chapter called "Pale Tenant of the Sun" in which a character describes the moon as a pale tenant of the sun and one that starts with "Babel was looking at the moon..." I love this quiet little book, and I'm awfully fond of the moon. If I think about it. I've spent a lot of time looking at or for the moon. We here in the US tend to forget its influence on our lives, but when I lived in Botswana, no one moved around at night if the moon was there to light their ways. Thus, I suspect, I'm very grateful to the moon, without it, I would have spent those two years in Botswana, wandering incircles trying to find my way home.

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    1. Lunkhead! I know so much more about you at this moment! All because of the moon!

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  2. Hallelujah for gratitude! Have you happened across gratefulness.org on your travels? This post reminds me very much of the grateful, prayerful atmosphere there.

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    1. Kathleen! Thank you for sharing "gratefulness.org"! I haven't seen it before. Appreciate your visiting my blog and supporting me during #REVERB15.

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  3. Such a lovely post, full of abundance and blessings and moon magic!

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    1. Thank you Deobrah! FULL MOON ABUNDANCE! And I like to keep embracing the magic too.

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  4. Both your Savannah Cottage Thanksgiving and your moon talks of soulful gratitude sound wonderful and life-giving.

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    1. Corinne oh yes to soulful gratitude! Thank you!

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  5. How lovely to read your blog - it's delightful to meet new people through these challenges - and all because of the moon. I keep promising myself to be more aware of her, but don't yet have that constant contact of where she is in the sky, unlike my mother's generation who moved instinctively along with the moon's cycles.

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    1. Love the idea of moving instinctively along with the moon's cycles and would like to know more about your mother's generation since my own mother probably gave it little thought. I look forward to learning more about you.

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