Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
Carl Gustav Jung

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Jack Kornfield and Br. David Explore Love and Trust at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit.

Nipun Mehta describes the richness of Br. David's "extreme ordinariness" in a recent blog.

Do you have the courage to Trust in Life when things go wrong? Eve Landis gives us this German translation.

Do you REALLY need that new kitchen? Or would appreciating what you have be more than enough?

Some Grateful News in August concerning a robot, some Legos and a climate rescue plan!

Br. David settled in for an extensive interview in Argentina. Many deep questions and answers.

A great way to gain new perspectives is to watch films full of Zest, Vitality and Humor!

The death of a loved one triggers a difficult question. Jeff Collins' spiritual practice helps him respond.

Deepen your appreciation of relationships through these special films.

NEW! A DVD of Br. David and Jack Kornfield - an inspiring conversation on video.

"To say 'yes' to this limitless mutual belonging is love," says Br. David in Encounter with God Through the Senses.

Listen to a radio interview with our own Kristi Nelson about living a "full-blown" life, a grateful life.

Tiniest moves forward are like miracles in this poem by Dale Biron.

Brighten someone's life with a Summer e-card!

In this final part of "Grateful Heart, Joyful Heart", we thank Life for its blessings and its lessons.

Honor your favorite graduate with an ecard.

In loving memory of our dear friend, Angeles Arrien, please join us in lighting a candle for her on July 24.

From intergenerational richness to environmental advances, June's Grateful News is bound to make you smile!

This month's Grateful News gives us new ideas to help and heal our world community.

Br. David "invokes responsiveness, rather than just our response," Clare Hallward writes in Part 4 of "Br. David, a Portrait".

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Kristi Nelson!

What happens One Morning when we do away with entitlement, blame and anger?

Let us be grateful for the wondrous givens in life!

Rabbi Abraham Heschel eloquently expresses how witnessing wonder can change the way we treat the Earth and each other.

Explore our Caring for Earth topic and scroll down to find this Portrait of Wendell Berry, poet/farmer/eco-activist.  

In Br. David, a Portrait, Part 3, Br. David explores Buddhist-Christian dialogue in the 1960s.

In gratitude for our unfathomably magnificent planet, send an Earth Day e-card.

There may be reason for optimism for mankind in this month's Grateful News.

"Here we lie entranced by the starlit water" writes poet Kenneth Rexroth in Another Spring.

What is the source of happiness? Br. David answers in this Huffington Post interview.

Send an Easter or Passover ecard, or choose from our collection for all occasions.

Br. David and the Vienna Boys' Choir celebrate music & gratefulness in May! See also in Deutsch.

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Sep 17, Feast Day of St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) — Twelfth century Benedictine abbess, visionary, musician, playwright, counselor to kings and popes, with particular 21st century relevance for her holistic and ecological views. Hildegard challenges us to live in gratefulness for the whole creation. »

Sep 20, Jim Henson and the Muppets — The first episode of the Muppets Show aired September 20, 1976. This family-friendly creation of puppeteer Henson brings laughter and joy to kids of all ages. »

Sep 21, Nativity of Blessed Mary (E. Christian Churches) — The image of mother and child evokes a deep resonance in every human heart. »

Sep 21, International Day of Peace — Established by resolution of the U. N. General Assembly as a day of global ceasefire to strengthen the ideals of peace within and among all nations. »

Sep 21, World Gratitude Day — Started in 1977 by the United Nations Meditation Group, this annual celebration promotes the cause of worldwide gratitude in the spirit of the group's director, Sri Chinmoy.

Sep 22, Equinox — Time of equal light and darkness. Everyone on earth experiences a 12-hour day twice a year on the Spring (Vernal) and Fall (Autumnal) Equinox. These events remind us that we are one planetary family and motivate us to live in harmony with all life.

Sep 23, Aki-no-Higan — Traditional observance of Japanese Buddhists -- held twice a year at the Autumn and Spring Equinoxes -- to express gratefulness for the lives of ancestors. »

Sep 25, Birthday of William Faulkner (1897-1962) — Nobel Prize winning American novelist and short-story writer; recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for fiction. Opposed to racial segregation, Faulkner saw and expressed in his Nobel Award acceptance speech a writer's duty to contribute to freedom for all. »

Sep 26, Birthday of Johnny Appleseed (1774-1845) — Born 1774 in Massachusetts, Johnny Appleseed longed for a land where no one was hungry and everyone had an apple to eat. To fulfill his dream he traveled the wilderness planting apple seeds, sharing the earth's bounty in love and gratefulness. »

Sep 26, Birthday of George Gershwin (1898-1937) — American composer of crossover renown, from Broadway tunes and Tin Pan Alley to Metropolitan Opera. Gershwin was awarded a Pulitzer Prize 68 years after his death "for distinguished and enduring contribution to American music." »

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Thankful for blessing us each day with a motivational of our indwelling spirit. gratefulness is being practiced all over and i smile as I see attitude and spirit meeting together.

— Kay, Lawrenceburg

i was led to this site be a GODLY healing woman.she communicated the gratefulness web to me electronically.i am grateful to be able to read the monthly news letter and share your e-cards.

— willi, dominican republic

My heartfelt gratitude that I was led to this site to deepen and strengthen everything that 'I AM' thankful for as I read through.

— jyotish, Quezon City, Philppines

I want to say how grateful I am to everything enables in our lives. To read the beautiful printed material, to listen to videos, to send special cards and to light candles.

— Sister Nuala Horgan MMM, Dublin

Thank you for this site. It uplifts me and reminds me what is real in life - love.

— Emily, Victoria BC Canada

To those of you who created such a unique site, my sincere gratitude and thanks. Your skills, passion and compassion provide a resource where others may come to grieve, laugh, pray and love as they walk the human journey. We are indebted to you.

— Ann, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

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— Carol Bragassa, Idaho

Today I woke up immersed in the hurts I have suffered in some of my relationships over the past several days. I turned to my morning page and started reading about being grateful even for negative experiences. I think there are no coincidences....It helped me release the anger and hurt that was making me sick. I can be more compassionate about what people did and why, and that perhaps there is a silver lining to it all. Thank you once again for being there, staf

— Linda, USA