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…
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.
(September 2016) What if we took nothing for granted? Grateful Living is a lifestyle that can result in greater ease, peace, compassion, and joy. Kristi Nelson discusses the distinctions between gratitude and gratefulness; the value of daily rituals; the importance of community and noticing what’s working in the world; and offers an in-depth introduction to the many features on Gratefulness.org.
(On Being, February 2016) Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining.
(On Being, January 2016) Br. David speaks to Krista Tippett of mysticism as the birthright of every human being, and of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as full-blooded, reality-based, and redeeming…
(2007) On 4 February 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave what was to be his last sermon, ‘‘The Drum Major Instinct,’’ from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church. This is an excerpt from the sermon set to music. “If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Amen) That’s a new definition of greatness.”
Gratitude, it seems, is a key—perhaps the key—to feeling more satisfied with your life. It improves your relationships with loved ones. It’s even good for your heart. Learn more about these and many other cutting-edge findings in The Science of Gratitude. The program combines scientific research with personal stories illustrating the benefits and obstacles to feeling truly grateful.
Nov. 26, 2015 Kristi Nelson, cancer survivor and executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, speaks to Jim Skinner of “Stories with a Purpose” about her cancer journey, being mindful, and the power of grateful living.
(2010) A soulful, grateful song by Natalie Merchant (studio version from the album “Ophelia” 1998) –
I want to thank you
For so many gifts
You gave with love and tenderness…
Margaret Wakeley sings John Bucchino’s song “Grateful” — a heartfelt honoring of life’s many blessings. Piano accompaniment by Molly MacMillan.
(2007) This (audio only) Thanksgiving prayer offered by Br. David, accompanied by Gary Malkin’s inspired music, looks towards the possibility of our world uniting in an overflow of gratitude. (4:56)
(2007) The audio track that became the sound track beloved video, A Good Day. Br. David sat down one morning and spontaneously spoke these words to an imagined audience. Gary Malkin composed the music to accompany this meditation. (5:22)
(On Being, July 2015) She works at an emerging 21st century intersection of industry, social healing, and diverse contemplative practices. Raised Catholic with Joan of Arc as her hero, Mirabai Bush is one of the people who brought Buddhism to the West from India in the 1970s. She is called in to work with educators and judges, social activists and soldiers. She helped create Google’s popular employee program, Search Inside Yourself. Mirabai Bush’s life tells a fascinating narrative of our time: the rediscovery of contemplative practices, in many forms and from many traditions, in the secular thick of modern culture.
(On Being, 2015) “Race is a little bit like gravity,” john powell says: experienced by all, understood by the few. He is an esteemed legal scholar and thinker who counsels all kinds of people and projects on the front lines of our present racial anguish and longings. Race is relational, he reminds us. It’s as much about whiteness as about color. And it largely plays out, as we’re learning through new science, in our unconscious minds.
(2010) Terry Patten interviews Brother David as part of the Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice series of teleseminars. (1:43:37)
14-year-old triplets Leo, Nick and Steven Argel have been blind since birth. Growing up, their single mother had a hard time caring for them, and she rarely allowed them outside their home. But when they were 10 years old, Ollie Cantos—another blind man in their community—got word of their situation and knocked on their door.
“I don’t feel anger against the perpetrators, only confusion and pity and sadness. I also don’t take credit for not feeling anger. It’s simply the natural course my mind and heart have taken… I’m grateful for this grace.”
(1:33) How do we feel the child within us?
(On Being, 2015) Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, “The Vagina Monologues,” has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls. But she herself also had a violent childhood. And it turns out that she, like so many Western women, was obsessed by her body and yet not inhabiting it without even knowing she wasn’t inhabiting her body — until she got cancer.
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