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David Steindl-Rast on the gentle power of gratefulness
Is Gratitude the Path to a Better World? Jill Suttie, Psy.D., interviews Br. David Steindl-Rast for Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. (May 29, 2013)
Skip the Resolutions and Stick to the Practices - "Practicing gratitude everyday, in many different ways, creates an abundance of good," writes Connie Corley for the Huffington Post, January 5, 2013. What could be a better way to start the New Year?
The Benefits of Gratitude - With science supporting the idea that being grateful is good for us, three personal stories illustrate the importance of the gift. Story by Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2012.
When Mindfulness Meets Compassion - Close Encounters in Contemplative Science - by Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. Huffington Post, November 9, 2012. Brother David and others at International Symposia on Contemplative Studies illuminate the emergent frontier of the basic research and application of the deep, healing and transforming power of compassion.
World Food Day - “Catholic charities are at the forefront of feeding the poor and the hungry,” said Brother David Steindl-Rast at the inauguration of the Hong Kong Vegetarian Association at the Hong Kong Diocese Centre on World Food Day. (Sunday Examiner, October 27, 2012.)
Dalai Lama’s Visit to Boston Prompts Laughter, Contemplation -
Moments of Gratefulness - In a series this season on Healing Quest television for PBS, Dr. Brenda Wade -- author, clinical psychologist, and board member of A Network for Grateful Living -- explains how the practice of gratefulness can bring more peace and happiness into life.
Gratitude movement leader to speak in S.F., from The San Francisco Chronicle, June 18, 2012, by Don Lattin. "Are we in the middle of a gratitude movement?" By the looks of the upcoming Pathways to Gratefulness summit with spiritual leader Brother David and an array of participating gratitude scholars, artists, and researchers, Lattin's answer is "yes."
Reflections on Wisdom, Wellness, and Wholeness, from The Huffington Post, May 30, 2012, by Joel and Michelle Levy. All the world's great wisdom traditions remind us that we have both an ordinary and an extraordinary identity. Br. David adds here, “Spiritual practice helps us to discover and shift more of the "weight of our identity" to the true universal self, which is a selfless non-dual state of being.”
The Joy of Quiet - Pico Iyer's New York Times opinion piece describes "something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as 'that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.'” (December 29, 2011)
ANG*L on “Out of Bounds” - In this November 24, 2011 interview with NPR’s Tish Pearlman, Margaret Wakeley – Community Development Coordinator for A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) – discusses her career as a vocalist, recording artist, and voice-over actor, and her “day job” (which is ever so much more than that) with ANG*L.
Gratitude: A Healthy Recipe for Thanksgiving - Gratitude is an ethic that experts now see as equally secular and religious – not to mention a healthy recipe for Thanksgiving all year round.
Conscious Business: An Enlightened Business Model for the 21st Century - A meeting at Esalen with Brother David, systems thinkers, and progressive Business leaders results in ideas for a new paradigm for success in business.
So Much Gratitude - The blog "This Give Me Hope: Finding 1001 reasons to be optimistic" by Cathryn Wellner invites people to come to Gratefulness.org and be refreshed. (June 17, 2011)
Morning Coffee - In her Heart of the Matter blog,
"Just Say Thanks" - "Practicing gratitude is good for your well-being: You'll sleep better, exercise more, feel more energetic and optimistic, and even be less envious of others. You can reap all these benefits with a very small time investment: In one study, people who spent just 10 to 15 minutes writing a one-page letter of gratitude every two weeks for a six-week period experienced a significant boost in their happiness. Sincerely!" (Jan./Feb. 2011, Weight Watchers magazine)
A Blessing Time: Gratitude In the Midst Of Uncertainty - Dr. Judith Rich offers A Good Day as a "5-minute mental health break" and lists several practice ideas from gratefulness.org
In this summer 2010 interview, Living the Apostle's Creed, Br. David Steindl-Rast, co-founder of Gratefulness.org, gives a fascinating re-interpretation of one of Christianity's oldest and most cherished texts.
A Network for Grateful Living was mentioned in the print edition of Sacred Fire Magazine, P. 9, Issue 11, June 2010, in their "Flint and Tinder" section. For the contents of this issue, see this page.
How a Little Thank You Goes a Long Way - According to scientific studies, gratitude can transform your health and happiness, writes Roisin Ingle in the June 12, 2010 Irish Times, mentioning Gratefulness.org as a helpful resource.
In a special story to CNN, "Grief Finds Connection, Healing Online," Stephanie Goldberg touches upon the role that Gratefulness.org services play in the grieving process.
Mary Hyne's CBC radio podcast of "Let There Be Light" explores with Quaker author Brent Bill the idea of Light as a metaphor for the Divine and how the virtual candles on Gratefulness.org can move and connect us (December 27, 2009).
"How Do Animals Teach Gratefulness?" is an essay by Mark and Karen Schindler for their Unity of Auburn newsletter. Their new puppy Tara leads them to discover more about Gratefulness.org (November 2009).
In Stephen Hough's blog, "Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving", he considers the sentiments in Br. David's video "A Good Day": are they tired clichés? Or are we skeptical cynics, missing the point? (November 25, 2009).
In this blog, "Contemplating Harvest Moments with a Grateful Heart," Liz Budd Ellmann, executive director of Spiritual Directors International (SDI), shares Br. David's contemplative videos and news about his April 2010 plenary presentation for SDI's international conference (November 5, 2009).
Kate Olson, a consultant with Fetzer Institute, interviews Br. David Steindl-Rast on the topic "the Way of Love," including part about the distinction between the true Self and the ego. Listen or read the transcript (recorded September 21, 2006).
On "Conversations," Br. David speaks with radio host Michael Stone about the opportunities that gratefulness presents to us (February 2009). Audio download (56:03, mp3) To save, right click and "Save Link As" or "Save Target As."
"Happiness Is Just in Front of You," Maria DeCarvalho's article for the American Cathedral in Paris' newsletter The Messenger, identifies two prompts given by Br. David for acknowledging our ever-present blessings (Spring 2009).
Kathy Cleveland Bull writes about "A Lack of Lack," a topic which Br. David brought up at the February 2009 Gratefulness Gathering in Petaluma California (February 25, 2009).
Dale Biron and Linda Larsson, board members of A Network for Grateful Living, discuss "Why Gratefulness Matters" on the
In "Living Thanksgiving," Eric Schneider of Energy Times looks at the wide-ranging health benefits of gratitude, with mention of A Network for Grateful Living (November 2008).
Kurt Barstow’s own economic downturn leads him to look at "Gratitude and abundance: two sides of the same coin". Through the practice of Naikan and the free services of gratefulness.org he finds a new perspective for living well (November 5, 2008).
G. Jeffrey MacDonald's USA Today article, "More Americans’ Spiritual Growth Nurtured Within," highlights many resources -- including Gratefulness.org -- for cultivating balance and an inner life (January 14, 2008).
Thomas B. Fox of the National Catholic Reporter interviews Patricia Carlson in "The Network of Gratitude", exploring how ANG*L has grown over the past seven years. Fox also interviews Br. David about grateful living practice in "Always Be Surprised" (November 23, 2007).
In "A Slice of Gratefulness for Thanksgiving," Renee Gadoua of the Syracuse, NY Post Standard inquires about the spread of gratefulness worldwide (November 2007).
Marcia Z. Nelson of ReligionLink.org offers insight into the "Science of Gratitude," with specific mentions of A Network for Grateful Living and our candle feature (November 2007).
True gratitude may have its complexities, but at root it is a humble recognition that we have been helped by others. Douglas Todd of the Vancouver Sun writes on "The Meaning of Gratitude" for the October 18, 2007 issue.
Speaking from Thanks-Giving Square, Brother David gives a talk on how to cultivate gratitude. By Sam Hodges for The Dallas Morning News, April, 2007.
“Loving Barbaro: A Racehorse and His Fans,” an NPR story with a mention of our candles and a link to the candle group created for Barbaro, January 2007.
Gratefulness.org is part of “a movement under way that encourages people to live gratefully every day,” says the
"Eine Kerze anzünden" - Review of "Light a Candle" feature, a place where "peace and meditation prevail," in Heise Online, the computer magazine of Heise Zeitschriften Verlag.
"Finding My Religion," San Francisco Chronicle column by David Ian Miller; November 21, 2005.
"Lunch with Bokara: The Monk and the Rabbi," a television conversation (2004) hosted by Bokara Legendre. With humor and candor, Br. David Steindl-Rast and Rabbi Lawrence Kushner explore the depths of religious fundamentalism, mystical experience, and the power of gratitude and forgiveness.
News You Need Now: Thanksgiving - Woman's World magazine; November 23, 2004.
"Living with Gratitude Every Day," by Jerry Brady for the Post Register of Idaho Falls, ID; November 21, 2004.
Thankful for What Is: The Rewards of Making Gratitude a Way of Life - Imagine magazine; Winter 2004.
Gratefulness: A Perennial Gift, by Nancy Sondel - Alaska Wellness;November/December 2004, Vol. #9, No. 6.
Brother David plugs gratefulness.org in an interview by National Catholic Reporter about Vatican's latest pronouncement on "New Age." Feb/2003. Read Article »
Cornell program adopts the Gratefulness Project - Cornell University News on November 22, 2002
Learn how gratefulness grows from the seeds of surprise in Giving Thanks for All the Little (and Big) Things in Life - Spirituality & Health, Winter 2002 - and try some of Brother David's tips for practicing daily gratefulness.
Your Attitude Toward Gratitude, Online
Interview with Brother David by Terry Pearce on XM radio’s “Leaders of the New Century” program, December 2001.
Thinking Globally: Gratefulness.org founds a cyber-community - Ithaca Times on October 17, 2001Welcome to Chapel of the Web - The Oregonian on July 8, 2001
Fostering An Attitude of Gratitude - Publisher's Weekly on June 12, 2001
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (May 2001)
Chicago Sun-Times (May 26, 2001)
Publisher's Weekly (June 12, 2001)
New twist on old rite: Light a candle online - Detroit Free Press on May 24, 2001
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