Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
Whoever gives thanks for all circumstances receives new eyes and discovers things never seen before.
Otto Betz
Weiter als die letzte Ferne; Mit Rainer Maria Rilke die Welt meditieren

What's New

September’s Grateful News highlights activism, innovation, and interfaith solutions.

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.

NEW! A DVD of Br. David and Jack Kornfield - an inspiring conversation on video.

"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.

Explore our Caring for Earth topic and scroll down to find this Portrait of Wendell Berry, poet/farmer/eco-activist.  

In Br. David, a Portrait, Part 3, Br. David explores Buddhist-Christian dialogue in the 1960s.

In gratitude for our unfathomably magnificent planet, send an Earth Day e-card.

There may be reason for optimism for mankind in this month's Grateful News.

"Here we lie entranced by the starlit water" writes poet Kenneth Rexroth in Another Spring.

What is the source of happiness? Br. David answers in this Huffington Post interview.

Scroll Up
Scroll Down


Sep 23, Aki-no-Higan — Traditional observance of Japanese Buddhists -- held twice a year at the Autumn and Spring Equinoxes -- to express gratefulness for the lives of ancestors. »

Sep 25, Birthday of William Faulkner (1897-1962) — Nobel Prize winning American novelist and short-story writer; recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for fiction. Opposed to racial segregation, Faulkner saw and expressed in his Nobel Award acceptance speech a writer's duty to contribute to freedom for all. »

Sep 26, Birthday of Johnny Appleseed (1774-1845) — Born 1774 in Massachusetts, Johnny Appleseed longed for a land where no one was hungry and everyone had an apple to eat. To fulfill his dream he traveled the wilderness planting apple seeds, sharing the earth's bounty in love and gratefulness. »

Sep 26, Birthday of George Gershwin (1898-1937) — American composer of crossover renown, from Broadway tunes and Tin Pan Alley to Metropolitan Opera. Gershwin was awarded a Pulitzer Prize 68 years after his death "for distinguished and enduring contribution to American music." »

Sep 26, Birthday of T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) — American-born British poet, essayist, and critic, winner of the 1948 Nobel Prize for literature, who wrote, “Love is most nearly itself/When here and now cease to matter” (Four Quartets). »

Sep 24 - Sep 26, Rosh Hashanah — Jewish New Year, beginning at sundown: A solemn time of remembrance, repentance, and gratefulness for the value of life. »

Sep 28, Birthday of Confucius (557-479 BCE) — Chinese philosopher whose sayings and dialogues were collected into Analects by his students after his death. His legacy of social and moral renaissance inspires us to practice universal harmony and justice. »

Sep 29, Archangels' Feast: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael — Archangels are believed to be messengers of God sent to direct, guide, defend, and protect us. Only the three we reverently remember on this feast day – Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael -- are named in the Old as well as the New Testament. »

Sep 30, Birthday of Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) — Sufi mystic and poet, who wrote, "Be grateful for whatever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” »

Oct 1, Birthday of Jimmy Carter (b. 1924) — Thirty-ninth president of the United States (1977-1981); awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. During his term of office, President Carter brought many reforms, both domestic and foreign. His dedication to a peaceful world continues in retirement years. »

Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Angel of the Hour

Angel of the Hour

Sacred time with bells and chants


Enter Labyrinth

Interactive meditation (Requires Flash)


Light a Candle

Light and share in a unique ritual

Send an Ecard

Send a free Ecard

Choose among 900+ great images

A Good Day

Watch, download, and share A Good Day

Brother David

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Writings, videos, events, books...

Thankful for blessing us each day with a motivational of our indwelling spirit. gratefulness is being practiced all over and i smile as I see attitude and spirit meeting together.

— Kay, Lawrenceburg

i was led to this site be a GODLY healing woman.she communicated the gratefulness web to me electronically.i am grateful to be able to read the monthly news letter and share your e-cards.

— willi, dominican republic

My heartfelt gratitude that I was led to this site to deepen and strengthen everything that 'I AM' thankful for as I read through.

— jyotish, Quezon City, Philppines

I want to say how grateful I am to everything enables in our lives. To read the beautiful printed material, to listen to videos, to send special cards and to light candles.

— Sister Nuala Horgan MMM, Dublin

Thank you for this site. It uplifts me and reminds me what is real in life - love.

— Emily, Victoria BC Canada

To those of you who created such a unique site, my sincere gratitude and thanks. Your skills, passion and compassion provide a resource where others may come to grieve, laugh, pray and love as they walk the human journey. We are indebted to you.

— Ann, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Thank you, this is such an awesome idea

— Carol Bragassa, Idaho

Today I woke up immersed in the hurts I have suffered in some of my relationships over the past several days. I turned to my morning page and started reading about being grateful even for negative experiences. I think there are no coincidences....It helped me release the anger and hurt that was making me sick. I can be more compassionate about what people did and why, and that perhaps there is a silver lining to it all. Thank you once again for being there, staf

— Linda, USA