Resources for Grateful Living Practice

young child on bike with training wheels - photo by Joachim Bär on"Practice makes perfect," as the saying goes. We won’t go far, if we don’t practice. That’s true of playing saxophone, playing soccer, scrambling eggs, and many other skills. In a way, it is true also of gratefulness. But the practice we have in mind here is spiritual practice – not the practice that makes us go far, but the practice that makes us go deep. Welcome then, to these resources offering you a variety of ways to practice.

Read about the Practice of Grateful Living

Grateful Living Practice
by Br. David Steindl-Rast
The naturalness and simplicity of this practice are great advantages.

Mini-course: What Can Gratefulness Accomplish?
by Patricia Carlson
Practice takes many forms. It can be a matter of heart, of mind, of will. At best, the practice of gratefulness involves all three, interweaving our emotions, our thoughts, and our courage.

A Few Tips for Offline Practice
by Br. David Steindl-Rast
Share joys and double them. Share pain and cut it in half. Surprise is the seed of gratefulness. Become aware of surprises. Relish surprises as life's gifts.

Awake, Aware, and Alert
by Br. David Steindl-Rast
We can use this basic three-step grid for the practice of gratitude.  What happens at the start, in the middle, and at the end, when we experience gratitude?

How to Practice Gratitude
by Sonja Lyubomrisky
There are multiple ways to practice the strategy of gratitude, and it would be wise to choose what works best for you.

Gratefulness as the Foundation of Practice
by Rabbi Shefa Gold.
By waking up in gratefulness, we set the tone for the day.

Living in Gratitude
by Angeles Arrien
One of the great benefits of a gratitude practice is the ability to track how the four universal portals of gratitude appear in our lives.

Nirvana and Gratefulness
by Patricia Carlson
There may be built-in benefits to the spiritual practice of gratefulness that would be hard to match elsewhere.

Gratitude Schmatitude: 5 Solutions to Common Obstacles
by Michele Wahlder
Through cultivating a practice of gratitude, we are able to be more deliberate in holding a positive mindset—even when it does not come naturally.

Gratefulness as a Global Ethic
by Chris Wilson
Grateful living is a universal ethic capable of ushering us peacefully into a new era.

Practices for You to Try

Practice Gratefulness
Index of step-by-step practice sessions
Everyone knows what it means to be grateful...or do we? There's a certain kind of knowing that comes only from doing.

Being Kind to Yourself as Active Practice
by Patricia Carlson
The more you experience that peace you mention, and the more you are grateful for it when it does occur, the more it will continue to take hold in your cells.

The Practice of Absolute Presence
by Zoketsu Norman Fischer
As long as we are observing, we are still somewhat separate from our experience.

The Unfolding of Time As a Spiritual Practice
by Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Though it may seem counter-intuitive, at least mathematically, prayer or meditation saves time!

Twenty-Seven Things
by Meredith Jordan
These little acts of letting go are practice, spiritual practice, for everything we must one day leave behind.