Thursday, July 2, 2009

Grateful Living

Everyone knows what it means to be grateful...or do we? There's a certain kind of knowing that comes only from doing. Through these practice sessions you will deepen your understanding of gratefulness and, better yet, send it out in ripples, transforming our world.

Each practice has a place to leave messages.
To access these directly see Message Boards for Practices

Gratefulness Step-by-Step

Here we offer -- for your personal reflection
and for group study -- articles to help you
sequentially understand gratefulness and apply it to
your own life, your relationships, and our global family.

decorated egg Star Are You Thankful or Grateful?
What is the secret of gratefulness?

Star Awake, Aware, and Alert
What happens at the start, in the middle, and at the end when we experience gratefulness?

Star Tips for Offline Practice
How can we incorporate gratefulness into each and every day?

Star Practicing Gratitude
What does it take to get into the habit of gratefulness during good times, so that it becomes available to us in all times?

two daisies, photo by Jon Sullivan Star Narrow is the Way
How does gratefulness help us overcome the personal and interpersonal suffering that accompanies the gift of life?

Star A Deep Bow
How can gratefulness – as a passage from suspicion to trust, from proud isolation to a humble give and take – help us overcome differences with others?

Star A New Reason For Gratitude
How can gratefulness give us strength even in a fear-ridden and violent world?

Star How Big is Your Family?
How can gratefulness help us forge “family affection” amongst all who belong to God’s great household on Earth?

globe with points of light Star Sacramental Life
How does gratefulness help us recover the powerful vision of a world aflame with divine fire?

Star Yes, With Thanks
What is the spiritual work of our time, and how are we to go about accomplishing it?

Star How Universal Is Gratefulness? A diverse array of quotes illustrate how gratefulness permeates all cultures.

Star The Practice of Grateful Living as a Global Ethic
Explore the power of gratefulness to help us move peacefully into a new era in which we share the world's resources fairly and conserve the environment for future generations.

ABC of Gratefulness

Gratefulness permeates and informs all experience. ABC of Gratefulness primes our understanding of gratefulness (e.g. how it differs from mere thanksgiving). It also addresses questions and experiences not covered by other topics.

Message BoardGrateful Living Practice - On this forum, share the insights, questions, joys, and difficulties you encounter in your daily practice of grateful living.

A Reading on this sitePractices for Grateful Living - deepen your understanding of gratefulness through our interactive practice sessions. In addition, check out online practices at Spirituality & Practice website.

A Reading on this siteEssential Readings on Gratefulness - Essays that challenge and inspire us to live more gratefully. (More readings are available in other topic resources.)

A Reading on this siteQuestions about Gratefulness - Pause to read the questions others ask about the practice of grateful living, and perhaps you'll want to leave one of your own.

off-site linkRecommended Books - a selection of books to guide you on the path of grateful living.

Offsite Links about GratefulnessGratefulness around the Web - links to other valuable gratefulness resources.