Alive with the Joy of Gratitude
Find the thing that stirs your heart and make room for it. Life is about the development of self to the point of unbridled joy.
Joan Chittister
Monasteries of the Heart Newsletter

What's New

Read about the exciting accomplishments of our Grateful Living Afflilates in Argentina and Europe.

Enjoy this surprising Grateful News about goats, a 90-year-old designer, and the origins of inventions.

Curious about our non-profit organization? Read our recent Annual Report.

Anne Hillman has us contemplating new beginnings in her poem "We Look With Uncertainty."

6 Surprising Reasons Why Gratitude is Great for Your Health.

Learn about the exquisite new book, "Celebration: Br. David in Patagonia."

There are still spots in two Esalen film seminars with Br. David and Francis Lu in July 2015.

Entrepreneur picks Br. David's TED talk as one of the best to motivate you this year!

Br. David wishes you a "singing heart" not only in this season, but every day of the coming year.

“Within our reach, is joy" writes Fra Giovanni Giocondo in his reassuring Christmas Eve letter of 1513.

“I wish you, at this season, peace as deep as a winter night.." writes Br. David in our December newsletter.

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

As you consider your year-end giving, we welcome your contributions - and your dedications for your gifts.

Thank you, to all who helped us to surpass our Indiegogo campaign goal!

Interesting health news about Science and Practice of Gratitude.

The Spiritual Challenge of Our Time - a limited-time, free download of this archival talk by Br. David.

There's still room for you at the Art of Gratefulness workshop December 19-21 at Esalen!

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

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!

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

Give thanks for all seasons, writes Br. David in his Thanksgiving Song.

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.

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Jan 29, Birthday of Oprah Winfrey (b. 1954) — American talk-show host, actress, and humanitarian, who inspires viewers to expand their vision. Oprah suggests, "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." »

Jan 31, Birthday of Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968) — Trappist monk, author, mystic, and pacifist who noted that, "to be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything." »

Jan 31, Birthday of Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828) — Austrian composer known for his contribution to Romanticism and his refinement of the German art song. During his brief 31 years, he wrote more than 600 pieces: songs, song cycles, piano sonatas, chamber works, symphonies, and choral compositions.

Feb 1, Feast Day of St. Brigid of Ireland (c. 450-525) — Candlemas in Europe, New Year's Day for the Chinese and Aztecs, and Groundhog's Day in America all fall in early February alongside St. Brigid's February 1st Feast Day, a time of purification, blessing, and reawakened creativity. »

Feb 2, Groundhog Day — Did the Groundhog see his shadow today? If so, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, according to tradition, are due for six more weeks of winter. »

Feb 3, Birthday of Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) — American illustrator; recipient of U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom for "vivid and affectionate portraits of our country." For more than 47 years, Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers inspired, amused, and delighted viewers.

Feb 3, Birthday of Simone Weil (1909-1943) — French philosopher, mystic, activist, who was called by Andre Gide "the Saint of All Outsiders." »

Feb 4, Tu B'Shvat — The holiday of Tu B'Shvat (New Year for trees) is a Jewish arbor day, a time to appreciate our Earth and all her gifts. »

Feb 4, Birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) — German Protestant theologian, pastor, writer, musician, and activist who courageously protested Nazi discrimination against Jews. His Letters and Papers from Prison speak eloquently of perseverance in following conscience, even in the face of death.

Feb 4, Birthday of Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005) — African-American civil-rights leader arrested and fined for her refusal to obey the orders of a Montgomery, Alabama bus driver to give up her seat in a segregated bus. Her protest laid the groundwork for the Montgomery bus boycott. »

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Gratefulness is truly the path to lasting joy and fullness of all. Thank you for creating this platform as a reminder to be grateful always.

— Ojo Ogboadayegbe, Warri, Nigeria

Gracias. qué bien se siente encender una vela aquí! Protegida, orando, esperanzada. (Thank You. how good it feels light a candle here! Protected by praying, hopeful).

— Rgm1, Chile

I'm grateful especially for the Labyrinth. I get spiritual insights every time I travel the path.

— JRC, Washington, USA

Merci pour ton site. Il ravive tous les jours notre lumière. Amour et gratitude.... et meilleurs vœux! (Thank you for your site. It brightens every day our light. .... Love and gratitude and best wishes!)

— Stéphanie, Montpellier, France

The goal of life is being = the journey is the same

— Danilo Canonizado, CA, USA

Een mooi en zeer fijn idee. Virtuele kaarsjes branden is wel niet hetzelfde als een echte kaars doen branden maar de intentie kan zeer krachtig zijn. (A beautiful and very fine idea. Virtual candles burning are not the same as a real candles burning but the intention can be very powerful).

— Marc, Belgium

A fantastic resource. Thank you.

— FK, Ireland

Je prie pour que la paix règne tout d'abord au fond de notre propre cœur, dans le monde ensuite. sachons, comme le dit le frère David, nous émerveiller à chaque réveil pour le temps qu'il fait, unique ce jour, ce moment. Nous émerveiller pour chaque sourire, chaque main qui nous touche, chaque mot gentil, chaque travail bien fait. Que Dieu vous bénisse tous. (I pray that peace prevails initially in the depths of our own hearts in the world then, let us, in the words of Br. David, marvel at eve

— Linda, Belgium