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Gratefulness Support Groups - Join with others for study, discussion, and meditation about the power of gratefulness to change our personal lives and create a saner future for our planet.
Gate 4-A - In this account Naomi Shihab Nye, what begins with frantic tears and a language barrier becomes an opportunity for community celebration.
Hymn to the Mother of Hope - by Patricia Carlson
Generosity and Gratitude
The Sacred Space of the Shared Heart - William Douglas Horden writes about how preserving our Global Village depends on our interdependence and honoring all lives as equal.
Under the Walnut Tree – Lynn Martin’s poem shows how even in heart-stricken aloneness, a “deep listening” unites us.
Haiku – Taigi’s haiku captures the essence of a moment alone.
Gratitude – an essay by Zoketsu Norman Fischer. We are sitting within Buddha’s heart, releasing ourselves to that aspect of ourselves that deeply belongs to the universe.
Enneagram - Do you wish you had a map to self-understanding and stronger, more caring relationships? If so, you will find here fertile ground for deeper awareness.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do – Brother David Steindl-Rast writes about the gentle power of gratefulness in a crisis.
Spirituality as Common Sense - by Brother David Steindl-Rast. "To live a spiritual life means to act as one acts in one’s own house where one belongs together."
Religion of the Heart - by Brother David. "In our innermost heart we can tap a source of power strong enough to counteract the forces that threaten this good green earth."
Contemplative Community - by Brother David. Community is always poised between two poles: solitude and togetherness.
Healing from Hurting Someone – by Patricia Carlson. What cause do we have for gratitude when we cut off a relationship?
Leaving Prison Before You Get Out– by Jacques Verduin. The GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power) Program examines the origins of destructive behavioral patterns that lead to transgressions and commits participants to a process of deep self-inquiry and healing.
Yes, With Thanks - If we say "thank you" and really mean it, writes Brother David, we have said YES to our belonging together.
Initiating - Barry Heermann describes a rite of passage in which we are fundamentally changed, introduced to a trusting view of the universe.
Great Longing – Zoketsu Norman Fischer answers a question about the longing which human love cannot satisfy.
Gratefulness and Celibacy – by Brother David Steindl-Rast. What makes a choice of celibacy truly life-affirming?
Self-Acceptance – By Patricia Carlson. You recognize acceptance
outside yourself because it lives in you, too.
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Everyone Matters - HeathCliff Rothman from What's Your Issue Foundation wants everyone to learn to be a better person; to be inclusive; to respect everyone’s exact right to their own personhood. Join the movement to become less judgmental!
Seeing in the Dark - In this TEDx talk, Executive coach and performance consultant Maria DeCarvalho, M.Div., offers an essential insight into healing broken relationships, tolerating awkwardness and discomfort, and conveying that someone matters to you.
The Practice of the Presence - by Lee Irwin
Compassion and the True Meaning of Empathy - Science has proved that generating compassion is GOOD for us; it helps our immune systems. So Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax asks in this TED talk, "Why, then, don't we teach compassion to our children, our doctors, our government leaders?"
Come Healing - Leonard Cohen's evocative song speaks of a "troubled dust concealing an undivided love" that draws us back time and time again.
The Beauty of Listening - Br. Roger of Taizé describes the beauty of the vocation of listening to others and opening the way of trust.
HandPrints On My Heart- Marlene Moore Gordon's site allows visitors to creatively share stories that demonstrate the power that each of us has to make a difference in the life of someone else.
The Power of Vulnerability - Researcher and storyteller Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In this poignant, funny TED talk, she shares her personal quest and the importance of being grateful for our vulnerability that makes us fully alive.
Unbiased Compassion - His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks about unbiased compassion in this clip from the Q&A session with Thai Buddhists held at his residence in Dharamsala, India, on March 15th, 2011.
I Am - Filmmaker Tom Shadyac's near-death experience propelled him to create a film, interviewing 15 world-renowned researchers and experts and revealing conclusive evidence that we are all connected, that cooperation is the key to survival, and that thoughts affect reality.
Charter for Compassion - The result of Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize wish, this charter is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral, and political life.
All You Need Is Love (video) - On December 7th, 2009, musicians from 156 countries all over the world sang this Beatles song at the same time to raise awareness for AIDS in Africa.
New Soul (video) - Yael Naim sings about coming into this strange world trying to learn about give and take, meanwhile "making every possible mistake."
StoryCorps - From a growing archive, hear recorded stories of many lives that celebrate our shared humanity and remind us of the importance of listening to and learning from those around us.
The Importance of Following, by Peter Lloyd.
Science of the Heart - In this one-minute video, Rollin McCraty, Director of Research for the Institute of HeartMath, looks at scientific evidence showing our fundamental interconnection with each other.
Receiving and Giving as Spiritual Exercise (pdf) -
"One Voice" - The Wailin' Jennys (Pickathon 2006)
Caring Is Contagious - Order and pass around free cards that remind others of the joys, wonder and rewards of spreading caring thoughts and deeds.
The Gratitude Campaign - In this video, writer and producer Jan St. John invites you to express appreciation to someone new every day for 30 days.
"Thank You" Worldwide - Gratefulness is a universal language. From "Abaraka" in West Africa to "Z'e'kujom" in Sorbian, here are dozens of ways to say "thank you."
Loneliness Webpage – This UIUC Counseling Center site offers insightful definitions of loneliness and a collection of art, poetry, and stories to foster personal understanding.
Inhabiting Your Solitude - John O'Donohue describes the intimacy and shelter we can find within our own hearts.
L'Auberge Espagnole is a captivating French film about an industrious young man's experiences abroad in Barcelona and his recognition of his various selves and his unity with others.
BlessBack - Julie Saffrin shows by many inspiring examples in this book of gratefulness overflowing into blessing and the transformative power of giving thanks to those people who have influenced our lives.
Beyond Forgiveness: Spiritual Alchemy - By sharing personal examples, author Bonnie Starr Mandell-Rice shows how forgiveness allows us to see life through a different lens, creating a wellspring of healing and peace.
For This I am Grateful by Every Day Wisdom Press. A heartwarming collection of reasons for being grateful in our everyday lives. Hearing from children to adults, across many races, professions, and religions, their voices become the voice of all of us.
Attitudes of Gratitude in Love: Creating More Joy in Your Relationship by M.J. Ryan and Daphne Rose Kingma. Adding gratefulness to a relationship fuels happiness and deepens love.
of the Heart : The Path of Conscious Love
I Need Your Love -- Is That True? Author Byron Katie helps us question our assumptions about love and approval, and puts us back in charge of our own happiness.
the Love You Find: A Guide for Singles
ANGeL's goal is to offer you through this website an immediate and intimate experience of living gratefully. In selecting topic resources, as elsewhere, we favor quality over quantity. This page is not meant to be a directory of related websites and organizations. Rather, we have selected a few specific links and readings that we believe are most helpful in getting you in touch with your experience. Of course, the Internet is vast and our knowledge is limited; so if you know of a link or a book that is more helpful than what's listed, be sure to let us know.