Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
Make a gift of your life and lift being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself. This is the greatest gift anyone can give.
David R. Hawkins

What's New

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.

Send an Easter or Passover ecard, or choose from our collection for all occasions.

Br. David and the Vienna Boys' Choir celebrate music & gratefulness in May! See also in Deutsch.

Share the joy of the Equinox and the change in seasons with an e-card!

Support a lifetime of appreciative presence with these 6 Habits of Highly Grateful People.

Considering all the pain and suffering in the world, can we find joy in our lives?

In honor of the great gift of water, we offer this traditional Irish rain blessing.

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Aug 22, Birthday of Claude Debussy — Early 20th century French composer (1862-1918) who brought new discoveries to the musical world with “impressionistic” harmonies and tone colors that have influenced music ever since.

Aug 23, Birthday of Malvina Reynolds (1900 - 1978) — American songwriter, folk singer, and peace-and-justice activist, whose lyrics awaken children and adults to social and emotional concerns affecting us all. May we join her in praying, "God bless the truth that fights toward the sun." »

Aug 25, Birthday of Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990) — American composer, pianist, and humanitarian whose music delights us and whose promotion of global harmony inspires us. Bernstein conducted "Berlin Celebration Concerts" on both sides of the Berlin Wall as it was being torn down. »

Aug 26, Women's Equality Day — On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution went into effect, giving women the right to vote.

Aug 26, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta — Recipient of the 1979 Nobel Peace prize, who served the needs of millions of neglected poor and dying people in India, exemplifying the ideal of selfless compassionate service to others (1910-1997). »

Aug 28, Assumption Day (Eastern Christian Churches) — This Christian feast commemorates Mother Mary’s being taken up into heaven, where she is crowned Queen of all things. »

Aug 28, “I Have a Dream” speech — Day of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 march on Washington, DC, for recognition of the rights of African Americans. »

Aug 28, Birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) — German poet, dramatist, novelist, scientist, and philosopher who wrote mystical masterpieces of enduring quality such as Faust (1808) and Werther (1774). Goethe notes, “Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character." »

Aug 29, Birthday of Henry Bergh (1811 - 1888) — Inspired by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in England, Henry Bergh founded the American SPCA in 1866. »

Aug 31, Birthday of Itzhak Perlman (b. 1945) — Israeli-born violinist virtuoso, who gave his first solo violin recital at age ten. Perlman communicates joy, and his audiences receive the gift of his artistry as well as his personal warmth. »

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Merci pour ce moment de sérénité (Thank you for this moment of serenity).

— Véronique, France

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