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Living in Gratitude

Mastering the Art of Giving Thanks Every Day: A Month-by-Month Guide
Paperback Book
Sounds True
July, 2013
$23.50 CAD
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If the only prayer you say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice. —Meister Eckhart

What would happen if you made gratitude your focal point for one full year? With Living in Gratitude, Angeles Arrien invites us to cultivate the power of deep appreciation so that it becomes our foundation for daily living. Integrating the latest findings from social science with stories, prayers, teachings, and practices from cultures and traditions spanning the globe, she presents a 12-month plan for really “appreciating the world,” starting “at home,” in ourselves.

We need not settle for our present disconnection from the healing, life-affirming, and uplifting human experience of gratitude. By engaging with the perennial wisdoms, we are reminded of our natural capacity to feel and express gratitude. Through conscious and sustained practice over a period of time, we can discover again how gratitude and all its related qualities—thankfulness, appreciation, compassion, generosity, grace, and so many other positive states—can become integrated and embodied in our lives.

With a chapter devoted to each month, readers will steep themselves in “the mother of all virtues,” exploring:

  • How to overcome habitual tendencies toward envy, comparison, and narcissism
  • Acknowledging our “blessings, learnings, mercies, and protections”—the four portals to the grateful heart
  • How gratitude boosts the immune system, fosters creativity, mends relationships, and even improves financial well-being
  • Journaling exercises, perennial and indigenous wisdoms, and universal practices for every season and situation.

The practice of offering gratitude bestows many benefits. Anger, arrogance, and jealousy melt in its embrace. Fear and defensiveness dissolve. Gratitude diminishes barriers to love and evokes happiness, keeping alive what has meaning for us.

Angeles Arrien is a cultural anthropologist and renowned teacher whose books include The Four-Fold Way and The Second Half of Life.

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