Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
The same pain that can blemish our personality can act as a creative force, burnishing it into an object of delight.
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
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Itadakimasu is a grateful prayer of abundance by John J. Brugaletta.

In "Just Crabapples," Roger Voight finds tending to his tree all year round nurtures him just as much.

Turning toxic waters full of chemical waste to art? Sounds like Grateful News...

Many people celebrate Lent this month. Read Br. David's User-friendly Lent (also in German).

Kindness comes in many shapes around the world in this month's Grateful News.

How can we be ready for whatever comes? Create a "Clearing," says poet Morgan Farley.

Read Br. David's recollections (also in German) of Thomas Merton on this, the 100th Anniversary of his birth.

Read about the exciting accomplishments of our Grateful Living Affiliates in Argentina and Europe.

Enjoy this surprising Grateful News about goats, a 90-year-old designer, and the origins of inventions.

Curious about our non-profit organization? Read our recent Annual Report.

Anne Hillman has us contemplating new beginnings in her poem "We Look With Uncertainty."

6 Surprising Reasons Why Gratitude is Great for Your Health.

Learn about the exquisite new book, "Celebration: Br. David in Patagonia."

There are still spots in two Esalen film seminars with Br. David and Francis Lu in July 2015.

Entrepreneur picks Br. David's TED talk as one of the best to motivate you this year!

Br. David wishes you a "singing heart" not only in this season, but every day of the coming year.

“Within our reach, is joy" writes Fra Giovanni Giocondo in his reassuring Christmas Eve letter of 1513.

“I wish you, at this season, peace as deep as a winter night.." writes Br. David in our December newsletter.

Light a Candle for beloved teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

As you consider your year-end giving, we welcome your contributions - and your dedications for your gifts.

Thank you, to all who helped us to surpass our Indiegogo campaign goal!

Interesting health news about Science and Practice of Gratitude.

The Spiritual Challenge of Our Time - a limited-time, free download of this archival talk by Br. David.

There's still room for you at the Art of Gratefulness workshop December 19-21 at Esalen!

Are you open enough to notice and receive the blessings in your life?

Need some grateful living practice ideas? Here are 30 suggestions for you.

We are excited about the 99+ Things That You Will Love about our upcoming new website!

Surprising new uses for buses and Siri among this month's Grateful News items.

Give thanks for all seasons, writes Br. David in his Thanksgiving Song.

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

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.

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Mar 29, Palm Sunday (Western churches) — Palm Sunday commemorates Christ’s entry into Jerusalem: Children waving palm branches welcome him as the Prince of Peace. Gratefulness sees in every green branch a symbol of peace and benediction. »

Mar 30, Birthday of Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890) — Dutch Post-Impressionist painter whose early works portray peasant life and whose later ones –such as the "Sunflower" series and "Starry Night" – show vivid color and bold movement. His personal life included both physical and mental health challenges.

Mar 31, Birthday of Cesar E. Chavez (1927 - 1993) — American migrant worker and labor leader whose organizing of farm workers in nonviolent resistance led to human-rights legislation and reform. This day pays tribute to his declaration: "The end of all education should surely be service to others." »

Mar 31, Remembrance Day for John Donne (1572 - 1631) — English metaphysical poet and acclaimed preacher in the Anglican tradition; chaplain to James I and dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral. Donne reminds us that no one is an island; each "is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." »

Mar 31, Birthday of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) — Austrian composer whose oratorios "The Creation" (1798) and "The Seasons" (1801), his more than 100 symphonies, string quartets, sonatas, operas, and masses brought him fame during his lifetime and continuing appreciation by music lovers today. »

Apr 1, April Fool's Day — Through levity and playfulness, we express our gratitude for ever-new cycles of change. April Fool’s Day reminds us that no matter what disasters human foolishness concocts, Common Sense will win out in the end. »

Apr 1, Birthday of Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) — Russian-born virtuoso pianist, conductor, and composer of four piano concertos, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, three symphonies, and songs, largely in the tradition of the late Romantic composers. Wrote his famous Prelude in C Sharp Minor at age 19.

Apr 1, Birthday of Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) — Kenyan activist and winner of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with environmental preservation and human rights. She was the first black African woman to win a Nobel Prize in any category. (more) »

Apr 2, Maundy Thursday (Western churches) — On Maundy Thursday, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and said, “The greatest of you should be the servant of all.” Whether or not we are Christians, we may be grateful for so challenging a vision. »

Apr 3, Good Friday (Western churches) — In spite of the ever-present reality of Christ's crucifixion, "we call this Friday good," as T.S. Eliot notes, because suffering on behalf of non-violence brings peace, and this is cause for gratitude. »

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