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Thanksgiving with Joseph Campbell

In late autumn, my consciousness turns inward, flowing with the ebb of daylight ... downward ... into the clear unknown ... glimmered by the fading glow of Apollo’s wake, reflecting on a maple leaf. And simultaneously my senses pull outward, responding to the colors, sounds, and smells of the Harvest and Solstice (returning of the the light) celebrations.

“We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” – Joseph Campbell

And between the Harvest and Returning Light is Thanksgiving: a time to appreciate the cornucopia of Life — which also brings into awareness suffering. And without knowing how to balance the two, too easily does joy get swept away by fear and sadness.

When I feel this way, I like to ‘check-in’ with Joseph Campbell, and the wise professor usually has some helpful hints. He reminds me that ...

“When we talk about settling the world’s problems we’re barking up the wrong tree. the world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.”

And with that reminder, I remember to breath slowly and deeply ... letting my attention shift inward ... where I can listen to the soft voice, saying: ‘Feel your existence ... enjoy your existence ...’

Then ... the harvest begins ... saying “thank you” ... I enjoy the return of the light.


(Quotations excerpted from A Joseph Campbell Companion by Diane Osbon)

 

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