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candleLight a candle to honor the light that cannot be extinguished.

Under the Walnut Tree, a poem by Lynn Martin
Lynn Martin's poem makes a sudden bridge from sorrows we cannot express to the universality of this heart-stricken aloneness. A "deep listening" unites us.

Gratefulness: A Source of Strength - German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer reflects on the transformative power of gratefulness during grief.

Sister José Hobday talks about living life "to the hilt." (1:32 Video)

Learning to Die, an article by Brother David Steindl-Rast. "Whenever we do give up a person or a thing or a position, when we truly give it up, we die – yes, but we die into greater aliveness."

Bonnie's Bridge - This passage from Paul Bennett's Loving Grief, accompanied by Elaine Mansfield's reflections, offers the blessing of feeling your own way through grief that only your heart can process.

O Spirit of Life and Renewal - Do you ever feel that you have wintered long enough? Let this poem by Jane Rzepka lift your spirits.

Running in the Rain, from the Rain, to the Rain, an essay by James Behrens. Behrens describes one possible response when love hurts us.

The How of Happiness, by Sonja Lyubomirsky.  In these excerpts from her book, Lyubomirsky explores with scientific data what determines happiness and how gratitude fits in.

The Landscape that Laughs
by Lex Hixon
According to Hasidic teachings, our own life, our own mind, our own dream is an open door to the Divine, since the universe is God’s Life. 
Part 1: Holy Ecstasy
Part 2: Understanding Suffering
Part 3: Guidance from Soul Masters
Part 4: Awakening to Our Divine Nature
Part 5: Spiritual Life on an Earthly Plane

Sun Trail, a poem by Dale Biron. How do we each respond to happiness? Can we gratefully embrace the gifts life provides?

Laughter, a poem by Dale Biron. Who among us has not dealt with our share of grief and sorrow? Perhaps it was some profound disappointment around a goal we did not reach, sadness when a loved one passed away, or anguish over world events. This poem speaks of that time when healing occurs.

Any Morning, a poem by William Stafford. Give yourself permission to rest in a moment of simple pleasure, free from judgment, through Stafford’s poetic hints.

The Now That Does Not Pass Away, an interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast
What do we do with the fact that our human life is bound for destruction; yet that “all joy wants eternity,” as Nietzsche puts it?

Praying the Great Dance Brother David describes ways to be "anchored in lasting joy" through prayer.

Setting the Heart to Gratefulness, by Susan Mazrolle Gratefulness can’t make pain go away.  And maybe it’s not meant to.

The Idea Journeying with Us, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Written only two years after his five-year-old son died, this passage from Emerson speaks of a gradually discovered, tranquil inner terrain.

Great Longing, a Qbox answer by Norman Fischer. Human longing is endless, and only something equally endless can satisfy it.

Lingering Grief, a Qbox answer by Patricia Carlson
What do you do if you're stuck in grief for a very long time?

Talking to Grief, by Denise Levertov
In this comfortingly nonjudgmental poem, Levertov addresses her grief as if it were a lost dog seeking shelter.

Coming to Terms with the Sorrow of Being, a Qbox answer by Linda Fisher. To relieve our suffering we must learn and experience what we have never been taught: That joy and sorrow are not opposites, but inherently interdependent.

Joyful Suffering, a Qbox answer by Brother David. Sooner or later, to live means to suffer; but if you live gratefully you can through suffering become more creative and more truly yourself.

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