What if we start from the place of 
Saying Thank you
For our lives
And for the Great Mystery that holds us

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

What if we start from the place of
Saying Thank you
To all those who have come before us
and all those who have yet to come
And all those who we share this lifetime with 
we’ve come together to say

thank you, thank you, thank you
for being beside me
thank you, thank you, thank you

Jen Myzel- Vocals, Keyboard, Harmonies 
Produced at Harmony United with Eric James


The song gratitude was written on a keyboard in Santa Cruz in the summer of 2015, while the recording of Silence Speak was already underway. Gratitude came through with the specific intention to start the album off by saying Thank You. This is also how the spiral of The Work that Reconnects begins.  Gratitude is the secret ingredient to resiliency. Gratitude is not necessarily something we are naturally good at, yet it is a life-serving muscle that we build over time.

 Sometimes, my teacher Joanna Macy will ask the question, Why are you glad to be alive during a time of planetary crisis? If I really allow myself to sink into this, and accept that this is the time we are living in, so its better to acknowledge it than hide from it, I think to myself,'s like we're in an adventure story in the real time- a superhero story. And I like that uncertainty pushes me to become more alive and awakened.

I am grateful that these complex times stimulate my heart and mind to come up with creative solutions. And I am grateful that our current situation gives me permission to dream big and think outside of the box. And I could go on and on.

Another key component of the teachings of the Work that Reconnects is harnessing gifts from our ancestors- past and future, as well as all the beings present at this time on our planet. So, simply, this is why we say thank you to them. Because we must remember that we are not alone. Thousands of generations of humanity have come before us, and the future ones are already alive within us- in our DNA, in our reproductive organs. Their spirits are here now, and they know it's not too late. It is our job to work on their behalf, to think with seven generations in mind, the way many indigenous traditions have always lived.