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September Newsletter — Sep 26, 2012
“One word,” wrote Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, “can be more precious than all the treasures on earth.” Amidst dire rumblings near and far, what could be more needed than a word of guidance? And what richer place to find such a word than in one of our quote collections? This month, we celebrate the more than 500 quotes in our German “Wort für den Tag” (“Word for the Day”) feature with a new subscription service:
Please let your German-speaking friends know! If you are bilingual and wish to sign up to receive English as well as German quotes in your inbox each day, please use separate e-addresses for each.
Sometimes we don’t even need to understand the words to reach the treasure. Swedish singer-songwriter Sofia Jannok offers a dose of exuberant joy in her song “Irene”:
When we focus on joys, the learning centers in our brain turn on. To do so has not only personal benefits but can also enhance every single business outcome, says Harvard-trained researcher Shawn Achor in this engaging TED lecture about the secret of better work:
Amidst suffering as well as joys, life offers us four portals to gratefulness, according to cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien in Part Two of our series from her book Living in Gratitude:
“We can understand the magnitude of gratitude’s power when we consider how the intention of thankfulness corresponds with the deepest human realities of connection, creativity, healing, and wholesomeness.” If you would like to hear more about the scope of gratefulness, we hope you can join us in mid-October for Br. David’s free talk in Boston, sponsored by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values:
(Scroll down to "Events with Br. David.") For as long as tickets last, you also have an opportunity to stay an extra day for a historic convocation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Fr. Thomas Keating, and Br. David, with special music provided by James Taylor. If you come, please seek us out – we would love to meet you in person!
Patricia and Margaret
for our Gratefulness Team