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20 Morning Affirmations

Here are some morning affirmations to start the day off with clarity, purpose and joy.

3 Essential Practices for Gratitude

Experience more fullness of heart with these gratitude exercises.

4 Steps to Transform Your Morning

Stretching, meditation, and gratitude make up this simple daily ritual from writer and teacher Geri Larkin.

5 Minutes of Marvel: How to Practice Extreme Awe

We’re still in that time of year when we challenge ourselves to create new and healthier habits. The newspapers are full of specials for gym memberships and packages of yoga classe…

5 Tips if You Feel "Behind" in Life

When you feel like you’re falling behind in life, here are five things to refocus your attitude and get back on track.

Book Review: Hallelujah Anyway

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering MercyBy Anne LamottRiverhead BooksAnne Lamott is the spiritual writing world’s Ernest Hemingway—her sentences are brave and clean and true, an…

Cultivating a Gratitude Practice

In all my years of following the Buddhist path, there has been only one teaching that made me cringe. Whenever I heard it, my reaction was, “Are you kidding me?!”  Here’s the …

Cultivating Contagious Gratitude

When I walk through my plant nursery, The Sacred Garden, right after we have watered, there is a tangible energy in the air. Everything feels different. When I stop to be observant…

Getting to the Soul of Gratitude Practice

An excerpt from The Grateful Life

Give the Best Present: The Gift of your Presence

Recently I met someone who reminded me about what really matters, someone who inspired a perspective that remade my world anew. And for that reason, I’m so glad I can say yes to th…

Giving Thanks For All the Little and Big Things in Life

Would it surprise you to learn that you can begin changing your life right now, right where you are? As easily as turning on a light switch? It would? Good! You just started.Have y…

Giving Thanks for Giving Thanks

One day recently, as we sat outside a bakery where the season's first pumpkin pies had just gone on display, my friend T told me that she hates Thanksgiving.She said she hates it b…

Giving Thanks for the Small Stuff (And Nothing is Small Stuff)

Having suffered several losses in my family over the years, I must admit that it has changed my view of gratitude. Before my mom and brother got sick and passed away, I might have …

Grateful People Are Happier People

"A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer."—Doris Lessing Think of anything—big or small—that exists in your life, whether it is a…

Gratitude as a Life Line

Aloha and Happy New Year! I pulled the following commentary from a blog-post-related dialog and expanded on the answer as the content seemed so relevant that I wanted to move it to…

Gratitude: An Act of Truth Telling

Excerpted from Ambition Addiction: Giving Thanks on the Road to Recovery by Benajmin Shalva

How Gratitude for Life Beats Fat

It took losing 50 pounds for Brad Hirschfield to even realize that he was overweight, or so he jokes. The joke is, in fact, on point: Hirschfield, 38, is a teacher and Orthodox rab…

How to Be Here

Before anything else can be said about you, you have received a gift.

Letters to My Mom

A moment of gratitude from Sonia Kang to Irene Martinez

Living for the Future with Joanna Macy

Eco-Buddhist Joanna Macy on facing an uncertain future, changing the world through love, and looking at the Earth as an extension of ourselves.

Missing

It is such a funny word, missing. We use it all the time, “I miss you,”  “I wouldn’t want to miss that,” “My keys are missing.” But there is nothing that prepares you, no matt…

My Practice: A Feng Shui Expert’s Daily Routine for Wellness

Take an honest walk through modern day feng shui expert, Laura Benko’s daily routine.

Our Walk in the World: Distributing the Weight

I was moved by our conversation last night. I understand how you feel the presence of suffering always in the background, juxtaposed against the peaceful times and moments of abund…

Shift into Gratitude 17 Tools for Our Times

It takes no great leap of the imagination to say that we are living in tough times. As a priest, professor, and psychologist, I see struggling parishioners, students, and clients w…

Simple Ways Towards the Sacred

Simple Ways Toward the SacredBy Gunilla Norris“God” is only a word that we use, thinking we know what it means, according to Gunilla Norris, a much-esteemed writer, meditation teac…

Thanks, Tide!

The Tide commercial hit me. In times of disaster, people turn to the most basic of human needs — and one of those that I had never thought about is clean clothes. The Tide Loads of…

The Blessing Bee

The writer Rachel Maizes reflects on counting her blessings.

The Heart of Money: A Question of Being “Blessed”

Q: My old friend from college tells me he is “blessed” because he made a fortune. I’ll admit to being a bit envious, but the big problem isn’t his money: It’s that he really believ…

The Importance of Showing Gratitude in Relationships

Demonstrating appreciation brings people closer

The Joy of 24/6

A busy writer begins a personal Sabbath and finds himself profoundly grateful for the restIn college I lived downstairs from an Orthodox Jewish girl who, on Friday evenings, would …

The Joy of Thanks

People who knew the extraordinarily prolific and influential writer G. K. Chesterton consistently described him as "exuberant" and "exhilarated" by life. What was his secret? He de…

The Power of Thank You

When you begin to notice that you are bogged down by too much to do, and stress begins to rear its ugly head in your relationships with defensive comments, blame, and accusations, …

Travel Wisdom

The wellness journey of 1,000 miles begins with four steps

Your Assignment: Change the Whole World in a Day

If you want something that lasts for days, plant flowers. If you want something that lasts for years, plant trees. If you want something that lasts for eternity, plant an…

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