Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
When we understand how precious each moment is, we can treat each breath, each moment, as a newborn baby.
Michele McDonald

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Lent begins this week. Read Br. David's User-friendly Lent (also in German). Or take a Lenten e-course through Spirituality & Practice.

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.

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.

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Mar 3, Birthday of Jackie Joyner-Kersee (b. 1962) — U.S. winner of five Olympic medals; heptathlon and long-jump champion; considered the world's greatest female athlete. Her courage in overcoming poverty, racism, and an asthma handicap inspires us to do our personal best.

Mar 3, Birthday of Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922) — Scottish-born U.S. inventor of the telephone and photophone; forerunner of laser and fiber optic technology who enhanced communication for the deaf. Bell noted that “great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds."

Mar 4, Birthday of Antonio Vivaldi (1675-1741) — Italian Baroque composer and violin teacher best-known for "The Four Seasons," a collection of four violin concertos.

Mar 4, Fast of Esther — A commemoration of Queen Esther's extended fast in preparation for her meeting with King Ahasuerus to prevent the slaughter of the Jewish people. We honor the courage she showed, for anyone who came before him uninvited risked execution.

Mar 5, Purim — A joyous holiday on the 14th of Adar celebrating the rescue of the Jews by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai from massacre by Haman, chief minister to the king of Persia.

Feb 19 - Mar 5, Chinese New Year — Also known as Lunar New Year, this festival celebrates 2015 as the Year of the Goat. Traditional mythical dragons lead colorful processions; and family reunions honor the ancestors, weaving together past and present. »

Mar 6, Birthday of Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475 - 1564) — Italian Renaissance architect, painter, sculptor, poet. His "Pieta" in white marble evokes reverence and wonder. The nearly 17-feet tall "David" and the Sistine Chapel ceiling painting give evidence of his genius.

Mar 6, Birthday of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) — English poet who overcame chronic illness and her father’s objections to elope with also-renowned poet Robert Browning. Her best-known works are her "Sonnets from the Portugese" (1850) – love poems to Robert – and "Aurora Leigh" (1857).

Mar 7, Birthday of Luther Burbank (1849 - 1926) — American plant-breeder who developed hundreds of new varieties of flowers, fruits, vegetables -- including the Burbank potato and Shasta daisy -- in his 50-year career. »

Mar 7, Birthday of Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937) — French composer of "Bolero" fame, whose piano and orchestral works, operas, and ballet are prime examples of Impressionism. Said Ravel, "We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art."

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