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A Grateful Heart

Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Conari
 | 
October, 2002
ISBN:
9781573248556
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Banyen's Description: 

Pausing before our evening meal to give thanks for the amazingness of being alive, for the things that give our lives meaning, is perhaps our most enduring and universal tradition. Yet shared thankfulness is so often eroded by the hurly-burly hustle of a hectic life, fast food, and eating on the run. A Grateful Heart is an inspirational tool created to help readers reclaim and enrich this tradition. Organized by seasons, this collection of 365 blessings, graces, and heartfelt contemplations draws from a wide spectrum of traditions from Judeo-Christian, Taoist, Buddhist and Hindu to goddess, Native American and deep ecology. At those precious moments when we’re all seated around the table, with living food before us, these offerings can really help us mark the miracle.

Let e. e. cummings, Thich Nhat Hanh, Walt Whitman, Emerson, May Sarton, and many more offer their heartfelt words for these times, for as Howard Thurman once wrote, “To be alive is to participate responsibly in the experience of life.” That we share a deep hunger for connection—with ourselves, with one another, with nature—in this day and age is no surprise. What the writers in  A Grateful Heart are offering, from a wide variety of spiritual disciplines and secular perspectives, is the awareness that setting aside time before we eat to acknowledge the blessings in our lives can go a long way toward satisfying that hunger.

O God

help me

to believe

the truth about myself

no matter

how beautiful it is!

Marcina Wiederkehr

Publisher’s Description: 

Now in paperback, A Grateful Heart is a tool to help readers reclaim and enrich the tradition of pausing before the evening meal to give thanks. Drawing from a range of religious and cultural practices, these 365 blessings celebrate friendship, love, peace, reconciliation, the body, nature, joy, and appreciation of the moment. This illustrated feast for the mind includes quotations from Martin Luther King Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh, Gandhi, Rumi, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Denise Levertov, the Bible, and the Tao Te Ching.
A tool to help readers reclaim and enrich the tradition of pausing before the evening meal to give thanks, this illustrated feast for the mind includes quotations from Martin Luther King Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh, Gandhi, Rumi, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Denise Levertov, the Bible, and the "Tao Te Ching.

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