There are days when being “awake” to the truth of the conditions of the world is more than our hearts may feel able to bear, but these are the moments when taking stock of the opportunities at hand can help. Grateful Living asks us to stop to experience our heart’s truth, to look in order to notice all that warrants our care and appreciation, and to go — taking action that expresses our deepest commitments to a peaceful, thriving, and sustainable world, held as sacred by all, for all.

May this curated collection of poetry, practices, audio meditations, essays, and more awaken your heart and inspire loving action.

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Silent Peace Meditation with Br. David

by Dankbar Leben
This silent peace meditation features opening wisdom from Br. David Steindl-Rast and is presented in…

Poems for Soft Hearts in Hard Times

by The Grateful Living Team
Time and again, we turn to the wisdom and comfort of poems when facing life’s…
A Mighty Purpose - video by Green Renaissance

A Mighty Purpose

by Green Renaissance
In this video, Bronwen Lankers-Byrne inspires us to stand up for that which we hold…

The Great Bell Chant: A Prayer for the End of Suffering

by Thich Nhat Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem
A 7-minute meditation or prayer featuring the words and voice of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk,…

Bright Word Mandala Practice

by TaikoPeace
Handwriting bright word mandalas is a practice of TaikoPeace, a movement started by renowned taiko…

Resources on Unlearning and Transforming Racism

by The Grateful Living Team
Gratitude situates one well to know what can be and must be done to challenge…

Five Small Gestures of Gratitude to Counteract Fear and Violence

by Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB
Imagine a country whose citizens—maybe even its leaders—are brave, calm, and open towards each other;…

Standing our Sacred, Grateful Ground

by Kristi Nelson
Grateful living asks us to connect with those things that matter most deeply to us,…

I Will Be a Hummingbird

by Wangari Maathai
(May, 2010) In this beautifully animated clip from Dirt! The Movie, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai…


by Bernadette Miller
May you taste the colors of sunset, may you touch the chorus of dawn, may…

Feature photo by Vonecia Carswell