Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.
William Saroyan
The Time of Your Life

What's New

The German translation of Br. David's Encounter with God Through the Senses is up!

How Do You Pray? Celeste Yacoboni asked many people this question, including Br. David.

Kristi Nelson writes about "Gratefulness and the Power of Radical Sufficiency.

October's Grateful News includes the Nobel peace prize winners and how gratitude helps us.

Teacher Owen Griffith shares how to change your classroom and yourself with gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends! Send a seasonal e-card to a loved one today.

Lynn Martin's poem shows that even in our aloneness, a "deep listening" heals.

Brene Brown on Joy and Gratitude (Featured link up top) Hear about her family's gratefulness practice.

Come to a Gratefulness retreat! November in Montreal and December at Esalen

Send an e-card to a loved one for Rosh Hashanah or to celebrate the Equinox.

This Equinox, let there be "praise of our mutual beauty, our total loving of the World."

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.

"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?

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Calendar

Nov 1, Feast of All Saints — Our heroes have power to shape our lives. What kind of a hero is a saint? Heroes conquer; saints are heroes who conquer themselves. They are found in all cultures, all religious traditions, and all walks of life. The hidden ones may be the greatest.

Nov 2, All Souls Day — Archaeologists find that even our earliest ancestors proved by burial rites sorrow and affection for their dear ones who died. On this day, we remember all who passed on before us and express lasting love by lighting a candle or by some other ritual. »

Nov 3, Feast of St. Martin of Porres (1579-1639) — Son of a Spanish knight and a freed Panamanian slave, St. Martin became a Dominican monk at age 15. His devotion to the poor and his loving protection of animals cause him to be regarded as "Martin of Charity," patron saint of interracial justice.

Nov 3, Birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) — Scottish essayist, poet, and novelist whose literary gifts bring intrigue and adventure to his readers. He noted, “You cannot run away from a weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand." »

Oct 25 - Nov 3, Muslim Feast of Muharram — This Feast, which opens the Muslim year of holy days, bears the name of one of Allah's four sacred months mentioned in the Holy Qur'aan. On the 10th day, Muslims observe the fast of Ashura.

Nov 6, Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1538) — Founder of the Sikh religion, who taught devotion and service, religious tolerance --“there is only one Creator” – and equality for all people. This three-day observance includes a musical procession, prayers, and a festive meal. »

Nov 7, Birthday of Marie Curie (1867-1934) — Polish-born French chemist, recipient of two Nobel Prizes: Physics (1903) and Chemistry (1911). On this day we are grateful for her discovery of radium, which created the field of cancer radiation treatment. »

Nov 8, Birthday of Dorothy Day (1897-1980) — Activist for peace, economic justice, and workers' rights; and co-founder, with Peter Maurin, of the Catholic Worker Movement. Day’s life -- devoted to serving Jesus in the poor -- inspires us to value and practice works of mercy. »

Nov 10, Birthday of Martin Luther (1483-1546) — Christian reformer who rejected blind obedience to religious authority and recognized the priesthood of all believers. Luther's hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" stirs us to gratefulness for God's abiding gift of Truth. »

Nov 10, Birthday of Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) — German poet, historian, and dramatist, whose "Ode to Joy" (1785) we hear in the Finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Schiller's idealism and his devotion to universal belonging ignite the fires of joy in the human heart.

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Merci pour cette belle initiative. (Thank you for this great initiative).

— Marie Claire, France

Tenha fé, acredite , seja perseverante!!! (Have faith, believe, be steadfast!!!)

— Giselle

Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude for life, health, energy and LOVE!

— Pamjam, MN, USA

Que la Miséricorde se répande sur tous et nous comble de Grâce. Ouvre nos cœurs à l'Amour. (That mercy will spread to all and fill us with grace. Open our hearts to Love).

— FV, Paris, France

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

— Juanita Scari, Australia

Senhor sempre me de a força para enfrentar tudo em minha vida com carinho e seriedade. (You always give me the strength to face everything in my life with love and seriousness).

In gratefulness...

— Joji, Manila, Philippines

A peaceful experience at a time when the winds of autumn swirled around my physical, emotional and spiritual self causing unrest. Now I am back on track. Thank you for being a healing and meditative piece of my life today.

— Kathleen, USA