A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude – Sneak Peek

A Good Day: A Gift of GratitudeGratefulness is more than giving thanks,” spiritual leader Brother David Steindle-Rast wrote in an essay. “Thanking comes with thinking. Gratefulness happens before thinking.”

Gratefulness, then, is a natural, unforced response — a truthful response — to receiving a gift. Brother David says it is the only appropriate response. But even the most natural, truthful, appropriate responses don’t always happen automatically. We must first be open to experiencing them, our spirits prepared to accept the gift. Living a life filled with wonder at — and gratitude for — the natural beauty surrounding us is a daily struggle for us all.

Recognizing this struggle, Brother David and Louie have collaborated on a beautiful new book, A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude, designed to awaken and release our natural gratitude for the amazing gifts life gives us every day. The inspirational book pairs Brother David’s simple, soul-stirring poem “A Good Day” with Louie’s always gorgeous and alluring images of nature.

“You think this is just another day in your life,” Brother David’s inspirational poem begins. “It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today…. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.”

To help us all further enhance our daily practice of gratitude, this newly released book also includes a DVD featuring two of Louie’s inspiring short films: Gratitude and Origins. Get a sneak peek of both films here: http://movingart.com/good-day/

This gift book also Brother David’s original A Good Day video and a link to the “A Good Day” audio track, which you can use to create your own video or slide show on what you are grateful for. Be sure to share your inspirational videos by using the hashtag: #AGoodDay

Prepare for the upcoming holiday season early and order your gift book, “A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude” today.

Brother David Steindl-Rast trained for 12 years in the Benedictine monastic tradition before practicing Zen with Buddhist masters. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell, where he became the first Roman Catholic to hold the Thorpe Lectureship, and cofounded the Center for Spiritual Studies, as well as gratefulness.org. His often-reprinted books include A Listening Heart (Crossroad Publishing Company) and Words of Common Sense for Mind, Body, and Soul (Templeton Press).

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