Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
To us, our house was not unsentient matter -- it had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence, and lived in its grace and in the peace of its benediction.
Mark Twain

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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?

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.

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Oct 24, United Nations Day — The United Nations and its Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, received the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. The U.N. today includes nearly 200 members representing world nations, each with the privilege and responsibility of voice and vote on behalf of world peace. »

Oct 24, Birthday of William Penn (1644-1713) — British Quaker; advocate for peace and liberty. Penn founded Philadelphia ("city of brotherly love") and considered Pennsylvania his "holy experiment”: ”that an example may be set up to the nations."

Oct 25, Make a Difference Day — The fourth Saturday in October is dedicated to helping our neighbors by meeting needs as we discern them. This active expression of the Golden Rule attracts millions of volunteers. »

Oct 25, Birthday of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) — Influential Spanish artist -- excelling in painting, sculpting, etching, and ceramics -- who co-created cubism with Georges Bracque. Picasso observed that "art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." »

Oct 25, Birthday of Georges Bizet (1838-1875) — French operatic composer who achieved world fame with his opera "Carmen." In a letter to Edmond Galabert, he wrote, "Let us have fantasy, boldness, unexpectedness, enchantment - above all, tenderness, <i>morbidezza!"</i>

Oct 25, Birthday of Johann Strauss II (1825-1890) — The oldest of three sons of a composer/violinist, Johann II came to be known as "The Waltz King." His waltzes and polkas, bright with rhythm and melody, still bring joy and gratitude to dancers, singers, and listeners.

Oct 23 - Oct 26, Diwali — Hindu festival (a.k.a. Lunar New Year) in devotion to the Mother Goddess Lakshmi. "Rows of lighted lamps" (the meaning of Diwali) welcome the Goddess into hearts and homes of her devotees, expressing gratitude for the victory of light over darkness. »

Oct 27, Birthday of Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) — Naturalist, conservationist, historian; Governor of New York (1899-1900); 26th President of the United States (1901-09). Teddy Roosevelt received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his efforts on the Peace Treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War.

Oct 28, Birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995) — American humanitarian; medical doctor, research scientist. His development of the polio vaccine is cause for gratefulness the world over. Salk said, "I think we have an instinct, an impulse to improve our world. And I think that's quite universal." »

Oct 30, Birthday of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) — Dutch painter esteemed for his "View of Delft" (1660) and portraits set in window-lit interiors. The serenity of his subjects and scenes invites gratitude. »

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Deus de amor e BONDADE, derrame vossas bênçãos SOBRE Toda Humanidade! (God of Love and Kindness, pour your blessings upon all mankind!)

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