We all need sources of inspiration, provocation, and support to live our best lives. Writing, videos, and audio recordings nourish a commitment to living gratefully. Search here for treasures and draw freely from their gifts…
(January, 2015) Dacher Keltner explains some of the ways in which power encourages individuals to act on their own whims, desires, and impulses.
(May, 2010) In this beautifully animated clip from Dirt! The Movie, Wangari Maathai tells an inspiring tale of doing the best you can under seemingly interminable odds.
Here, where the rivers dredge up
the very stone of Heaven, we name its colors—
muttonfat jade, kingfisher jade, jade of appleskin green…
(September, 2015) Actress Tembi Locke shares a love story that began outside a gelato shop in Italy. A story of passion, caregiving, grief and deep, soulful love. (10:21)
May you wake with a sense of play,
An exultation of the possible.
May you rest without guilt,
Satisfied at the end of a day well done…
John O’Donohue speaks to Krista Tippett of the possibility of creating our own inner landscapes of beauty, to keep us vital in the midst of bleak and dangerous surroundings and experiences.
How about bringing a more gentle form of motivation, rooted in appreciation, celebration, and acceptance, to our goals? How about letting gratitude guide us?
(November, 2016) “Kwanzaa Celebration” is a catchy song that will have us dancing, singing, and learning all about the celebration of family, community, and culture. Illustrated with simple, playful animation.
(2013) Eric Whitacre’s stunning choral piece “Glow” sung by a “virtual choir” of hundreds of people from around the world.
Five science-based strategies for the holidays (and the rest of the year).
These are dark times. Rumors of war
rise like smoke in the east. Drought
widens its misery. In the west, glittering towers
collapse in a pillar of ash and dust. Peace,
a small white bird, flies off in the clouds.
God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night…
(December, 2013) What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.
Every night before I go to sleep
I say out loud
Three things that I’m grateful for,
All the significant, insignificant
Extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life…
There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken, a shatteredness out of which…
On July 25, 2016 we gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Br. David Steindl-Rast. We are delighted to share here videos of the entire event.
A detailed account of a conversation about “Everyday Mysticism” that took place in San Francisco on the occasion of Brother David’s 90th birthday.
It takes practice to achieve gratefulness. Here Br. David shares a playful practice using each letter of the alphabet as a prompt.
Turn off the t.v. Sit with Anger…Fear…Grief…
Research shows that an “attitude of gratitude” can measurably improve our overall well-being. This clever video explains how it works…
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