I think this is a really wonderful website. I have appreciated so much brother David’s book gratefulness is the heart of prayer
My wife who I have put down in small ways I was totally unaware of and for which I am ashamed, have apologized and ssked forgiveness.
I have various health conditions which tend to monopolize my attention from time to time, and that is very limiting. I need to come into a full acceptance of whatever discomfort I am experiencing and simply let it be.
I was blessed to have first encountered brother David when he gave a workshop on Whidbey island sponsored by a local institute. I think it was around 1988, and immediately after the workshop I got his book Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer. That book really impressed me. I didn’t find the site for a long time after and the work of gratefulness has been a true blessing in my life. Thanks to each and everyone of you for what you bring to our collective experience.
I learn patience, humility, how to be non-reactive and more self-reflective especially in the presence of someone I have conflict with who sees some part of me I am blind to.
On a personal level I am in the process of healing and transformation and expect that to unfold this year. For my country I trust that with our new administration we will see some peace, calm, and hope and perhaps some reconciliation. On the world stage I hope to see some real progress on fighting climate change as well as and improvement with our international relations.
Good morning everyone. I am putting my faith in this day of the inauguration of a new president that some fresh air will come in to our country and revive our hearts. May we all experience a brightening of our spirits.
The sometimes startling beauty I perceive in the natural world as well as the the sweet vulnerability of a person who is so open hearted and present that I awake to another level of consciousness…these are some of what keeps me expanding my experience of life.
Oddly enough the pain I have been going through for the past year is giving me meeting because I know it is part of a much larger and meaningful process of personal transformation. If I could not hold my suffering within a framework that made sense life would be very sullen indeed.
Postings on this page seem to have slow down now that were in the new year. I miss hearing your voices as they have been an inspiration to me, and I feel that there has been and still is a real sense of community. Let me bless you all wishing youHappiness and peace in this new year.
When I lived in Seattle I volunteered for a youth at risk after school program called community or youth. We worked with kids who are at risk of failing in school. Each student had an adult mentor. Mentors and their students would see each other weekly doing various activities that would broaden the horizons of the kid. And then we would have workshops as well as activities I took them outside of the city. We had a strong emphasis on values, being true to one’s word, setting goals of life a...
When I lived in Seattle I volunteered for a youth at risk after school program called community or youth. We worked with kids who are at risk of failing in school. Each student had an adult mentor. Mentors and their students would see each other weekly doing various activities that would broaden the horizons of the kid. And then we would have workshops as well as activities I took them outside of the city. We had a strong emphasis on values, being true to one’s word, setting goals of life and being part of a community. The success of this project relied on collaboration at all levels…Among staff members, between staff and mentors, and certainly between mentors and their students and among the students himself. It was one of the best experiences in my life.
Usually something new. As a child I always had an explorer’s instinct, and still do. Sometimes, just getting in the car and driving down roads I’ve never been on is interesting enough to get me off my backside.
I will stand and really be present with my wife today and tell her how much I love her. I will cuddle my key and feel the warmth of connection. When I go to the café for coffee I’ll smile at the barista. And in each instance I know I will feel how fortunate I am and feel grateful. I can think of this as practice, but to me it’s just immersing in the goodness life has to offer. In other words am I doing gratefulness, or is gratefulness doing me?
I appreciate your candor, Ose, and please know we are with you.
Thank you diane.
Glad to have you in this space and I wish you a full recovery of your health and confidence. I appreciate your courage and openness, and send virtual hugs as a sign of caring we all need. Please know that you are not alone.
Amen. The ocean for me is so calming in its great expansiveness.
Our family also did a zoom gathering for Christmas. It was wonderful.
Thanks for the specifics Howie. Our love of life lives in small, daily gestured.
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