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The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.
Jon Kabat-Zinn

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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).

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.

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

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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. »

Apr 3, Birthday of Jane Goodall (b. 1934) — British conservationist, lecturer, writer, teacher, and advocate for chimpanzees, devoted to respect for all creatures. She writes, “If you really want something…and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.”

Jan 30 - Apr 3, A Season for Nonviolence — A grassroots movement that brings to life the spirit and practice of nonviolence as a powerful means to heal, transform and empower individuals and communities. »

Apr 4, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination — From Dr. King's sermon days before his April 4, 1968 assassination: "It is no longer a choice...between violence and non-violence. It is either non-violence or non-existence." We show ourselves grateful by living in the conviction for which he died. »

Apr 4, Holy Saturday (Western churches) — This is a day of silence and of women. Wherever there is killing, women mourn in silence. That silence makes space for a saving grace to flow in. Grief borne in grateful love brings forth a richer participation in life.

Apr 4, Birthday of Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014) — American poet, educator, playwright, activist, best known for her autobiographical novels including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). Invited by President Clinton to speak at his 1993 inauguration, she composed and read her poem "And Still I Rise."

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