We invite you to peruse this collection of articles, video, practices and more which speak to beginnings, possibilities and potential. May these resources support our welcoming the new year with gratitude, inspiration and hope.


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Turning New Year’s Resolutions into Revelations
Kristi Nelson invites us to make “the means more of the ends” by putting gratefulness rather than scarcity at the center of the resolutions we make this year. Bringing a grateful balance to our resolutions can make them revelations in our lives, not just a long list of “shoulds.”


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Blessing
May you wear your years like a well-tailored coat
Or a brave sassy scarf.
May every year yet to come:
Be one more bright button
Sewn on a hat you wear at a tilt…


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Could Gratitude Be the Most Important Emotion of All?
A study in California of survivors and their experiences of gratitude, has shown that being grateful can have huge implications not only for personal well-being, but for a more peaceful world.


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Beauty Is an Edge of Becoming
In this 6-minute excerpt from a conversation with Krista Tippett, Irish poet and mystic, John O’Donohue gives voice to the connection between beauty and those edges of life — “thresholds” — where the fullness of reality becomes more stark and more clear…


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The Science of Gratitude
A superb one-hour documentary, narrated by Susan Sarandon, focusing on the latest information regarding the power (or lack of it) of being thankful. We hear research, expert opinion, and individual stories to illustrate how gratitude often has a large impact on overall happiness and well-being.


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Films Envisioning a Hopeful Future
A list of films shown and discussed by Br. David and Dr. Francis Lu at the annual film seminar at Esalen Institute in 2011. These films evoke, through their characters, scenarios, and their bold cinematography and music, the qualities needed to carry hope forward and make it a reality through courage, passion, and imagination.


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Beginning Anew with Mother Earth Practice
A “relational” mindfulness practice adapted for Mother Earth from Thich Nhat Hanh’s practice “Beginning Anew.” The practice involves gratitude – loving the Earth, beneficial regrets, making amends and sharing.


We hope you enjoyed these resources. To discover more, visit our complete Library of Resources or dip into Gratefulness in Daily Life.