Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
Emily Dickinson

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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.

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.

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Oct 2, Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) — Mohandas K. Gandhi is revered as Mahatma (Great Soul) in gratitude for his life of service in support of nonviolence. "My life is my message," Gandhi said. That message continues to call to us in the 21st century. »

Oct 2, Feast of the Holy Angels — We can become aware that our life is “marvelously guided by good powers,” as Dietrich Bonhoeffer experienced in a Nazi prison. Christian tradition speaks of these guiding powers as Guardian Angels and celebrates them on this special feast. »

Oct 3, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) — The Day of Atonement with its scriptural provision as "a statute forever" (Lev. 23:31) is the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Through time-honored traditions, observers express humility and gratefulness for God's mercy. »

Oct 3, Birthday of James Herriot (1916-1995) — Author of the All Creatures Great and Small stories describing his adventures as a veterinary surgeon in Yorkshire, England. Readers learn to value each animal whose story Herriot tells and to appreciate the countryside that was his home.

Oct 4, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) — St. Francis inspires us by his love of peace and his kinship with all creatures. Some eight centuries after Francis lived in Italy, hundreds of thousands of Franciscans around the world strive to follow the Gospel with the joy he expressed. »

Oct 1 - Oct 4, Hajj - Pilgrimage to Mecca — Five Pillars of Islam describes the duty of a Muslim to "make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime". The Hajj observance – comprised of ceremonies in remembrance of Koran promises - attracts as many as two million pilgrims annually.

Oct 5, Birthday of Vaclav Havel (b. 1936) — Playwright, author, President of the Czech Republic (1993), awarded 1997 Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. Havel describes himself as "dedicated to living in truth." »

Oct 6, Birthday of Fr. Philip Berrigan, SSJ (1923-2002) — Fr. Berrigan dedicated his life to war resistance through active nonviolence. He and his brother, Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., committed acts of civil disobedience which led to repeated imprisonment, eleven years in all. »

Oct 6, National Child Health Day — In 1928, President Calvin Coolidge – prompted by the American Federation of Labor and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – proclaimed this day to promote and safeguard the health needs of U.S. children.

Oct 3 - Oct 6, Eid al-Adha — This Muslim observance of "The Feast of Sacrifice" commemorates Abraham's response to the Lord's command: offering for sacrifice his son Ishmael (in Jewish and Christian texts, the son was Isaac). »

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Thank you for this lovely site, and allowing us to join with one another around the world in our prayers.

— CMT, FL, USA

Merci pour ce site très important a mes yeux. (Thank you for this website which is very important in my eyes).

— Bernadette, France

This site is a true gift. I read everyday and feel so blessed by it. Thank you.

— Suellen, NC, USA

Consigo sentir uma Paz dentro do meu coração! Aquela Paz tão desejada, tão ansiada por nós. Gratidão! (I can feel a peace in my heart! That much desired peace, so desired by us. Gratitude!)

— Edna, Brazil

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Merci pour ce site que je viens de decouvrir. C'est une autre facon de remercier Dieu pour ce qu'Il nous donne chaque jour. Longue vie à ce site! (Thank you for this website which I just discovered. This is another way to thank God for what He gives us each day. Long live this website!)

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I am thankful for crossing paths and sharing my journey with every human, animal, earthly plant and soil it lives in to the creatures that fly, like bugs, birds and bats- I am grateful to all things because I am a part of them and they are apart of me. We work in harmony even if it doesn't look so pretty.

— LDT, MA, USA