Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.
John O'Donohue
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Give thanks for all seasons, writes Br. David in his Thanksgiving Song.

Are you open enough to notice and receive the blessings in your life?

Surprising new uses for buses and Siri among this month's Grateful News items.

Light a Candle for beloved teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Please join our Indiegogo Grow, Grow Gratefulness! campaign!

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!

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.

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.

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Nov 29, Birthday of C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) — British literary scholar, writer, and critic whose works -- including Screwtape Letters and the Chronicles of Narnia -- bring insight and gratitude. In the Problem of Pain, he writes, "Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness."

Nov 30, Birthday of Mark Twain (1835-1910) — American humorist, writer, and lecturer whose sometimes caustic, provocative wit marks him as a storyteller of appeal to young and old in his time and in ours. Twain once said, "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." »

Nov 30, Birthday of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) — Dublin-born English satirist and essayist whose Gulliver's Travels, written as scathing criticism of attitudes and behaviors and first published anonymously, became a recognized classic.

Dec 1, Rosa Parks Day — On this day in 1955, civil-rights activist Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus, and the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott began.

Dec 1, World AIDS Day — This day was created by the United Nations to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in the world. There are 14,000 new infections every day. In the United States, minorities account for approximately 65% of all HIV/AIDS infections. »

Dec 2, Giving Tuesday — Based on the ideas of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) a consortium of friends—charities, businesses and individuals—came together and created Giving Tuesday, a day of coming together to give back. »

Dec 4, Birthday of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) — German lyrical poet whose mysticism brings us a sense of connection with all life and a desire to move beyond accustomed habit into the unknown. Rilke’s best-known works include A Book for the Hours of Prayer and Sonnets to Orpheus. »

Nov 27 - Dec 4, Hanukkah — This Jewish Festival of Light celebrates the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it was reclaimed from foreign powers. Priests lit the temple lamp using only the tiniest jug of oil. Miraculously, the flame remained alight for eight full days. »

Dec 6, Christian Feast of Old St. Nicholas/Santa Claus — Known as “wonder worker”; special patron of children, seafarers, travelers, brides, bankers, brewers, and even robbers. Though legends about him abound, St. Nicholas was a real person, the 4th century Bishop of Myra in Turkey, revered for his charity.

Dec 8, Birthday of Jean Sibelius (1865-1950) — Finnish composer considered "cultural ambassador" of his country. His symphonic poem Finlandia (1900) is known and loved for its plaintive harmonies and stirring climax.

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Thank You for the Wonderful Work You Do Providing so Generously so Many with the Gift of Light, Love, Wisdom, and Comfort.

— Geraldine Gauer, Louisville, KY, USA

I am grateful for this site. It makes me feel like I lit the candles for my loved ones and that they know. Kind of like their own personal gift.

— Joan Roberts, Chicago, IL, USA

Great Labyrinth. It’s a real meditation, which offers peace for a moment and relish the life.

— CS Nadurmath, Goa, India

I am grateful for this site. It reminds me that I have so much to be grateful for. I have learned that I can live without answers as long as I am mindful of the presence of God, the Power within.

— R.B., Georgia, USA

Prayer is the Healing of our World. Heart to Heart.


Sou muito grato por este site, tenho aprendido muito sobre o verdadeiro amor, rogo aos espíritos superiors. (I am very grateful for this site, I have learned a lot about true love, I pray to the higher spirits).

— Antonio Luiz Borges, Fronteira, MG, Brazil



Jag är tacksam för att det finns en sådan sajt. Jag hedrar min avlidna fru varje dag med en kort bön. Kram till alla efterlevande. (I am grateful that there is such a site. I honor my late wife every day with a short prayer. Hugs to all survivors).

— Lornstam, Sweden