Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life

Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life

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Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life by Angeles Arrien


What would happen if you made gratitude your focal point for one full year? With Living in Gratitude, Angeles Arrien invites you to find out. Integrating the latest teachings from social science with stories, prayers, and practices from cultures and traditions spanning the globe, she presents a 12-month plan for making gratitude your foundation for daily living.

Opening with themes such as “Beginning Anew” and “The Power of Equanimity” and progressing to “Letting Be and Letting Go,” “The Mystic Heart,” and more, readers will steep themselves in “the parent of all virtues,” exploring:?- How to overcome habitual tendencies toward envy, comparison, and narcissism;?- Blessings, learnings, mercies, and protections---the four portals to the grateful heart, and how to cultivate these key entryways in our work, relationships, health, finances, and personal growth;?- Journaling and reflection exercises, perennial and indigenous wisdoms, and universal practices for every season and situation.

“The practice of gratitude bestows many benefits,” writes Angeles Arrien. “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.” Living in Gratitude, is a dependable resource for making this cherished virtue your guiding light along life’s journey.
 
 
Praise for Living in Gratitude
 

“The daily practice of gratitude will enhance the quality of every aspect of your life, including better health, more fulfilling relationships, and greater financial abundance.  This book is the best manual I have ever come across to show you how.  I highly recommend it!”
—Jack Canfield, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles
 
“Having written about and practiced gratitude for over a decade, I felt there was nothing else to say about the topic.  Then I read Living in Gratitude.  Angeles takes the practice of thankfulness to a whole new level.  Month by month, she guides us with questions and reflections to use gratefulness to grow spiritually in work, finances, health, and relationships.  I give thank to her and to this book.”
—M.J. Ryan, author of Attitudes of Gratitude and A Grateful Heart
 
“Are you exhausted?  Disheartened?  Worried?  Please do yourself a favor and read this book.  Please allow this heart food to feed you at the deepest levels of your being.  This is more than a book—it is a manual for living a life that you love and that matters, a life of savoring and serving, a life or inter-communication and grace.  Please, let yourself be fed.”
—Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer
 
“Angeles Arrien is one of the most gifted and generous teachers of our time.  She brings forward the perennial wisdom of traditional cultures and gives it accessible, pragmatic application that is essential to the health of our contemporary society.  Angeles Arrien is a rare and true wise elder.  She embodies what she teaches.”
—Frank Ostaseski, founder and director of the Metta Institutue

 
Contents

1) January: Begin Anew
Four Concerns of Soul Making – Hopi Reminders for Starting Anew – Renewed Innocence: Five Qualities of Children

2) February:  Attend to the Heart
The Four –Chambered Heart  -  Spoken and Non-spoken Verses of Love – Dalai Lama’s Practice of Cherishing Self and Others

3) March:  Compassionate Service
Five Principles of Compassionate Service – Luck:  Where Opportunity and Preparedness Intersect – Nabakov’s “Thrill of Gratitude”

4) April:  Mercy and Atonement
Spirituality of Empathy – States of Ingratitude – The Cultivation of Mercy and Forgiveness

5) May:  The Gift of Grace
Grace, Gravitas, and Gratitude – Memorial Day and Aboriginal Dreamtime – Nine Practices of Excellence from Japan

6) June:  The Power of Equanimity
Balance, Equanimity, and Renewal – Japanese Practice of Naiken – The Practice and Identification ofEquanimity

7)July:  Embracing Nature
Four Natural Qualities for Survival – Nature’s Three Laws of Governance – Four Soul Retrieval Places in Nature

8) August:  Cultivating Peace
Embracing Nonviolence: The Quaker Queries – Shifting Our Relationship to Conflict:  Questions from the Talmud – Three Guidelines for Fair Fighting

9) September: Opening to Guidance and Wisdom
Seven Outer Practices of Highly Effective People – Seven Internal Practices for Developing Spirituality and Character – Five Principles of Optimum Health

10) October: Letting Be and Letting GoDeeper Lessons of Living and Being Human – Longings and Belongings
Community and Celebration:  Being a Social Architect

11) November:  Grateful Seeing
The Breath of Thanks Practice – Indigenous Giveaway Practices – Grateful Seeking:  Looking for Goodness and What Is Working

12) December:  The Mystic Heart
The Holidays and the Mystic Heart – Two Kinds of Gratitude – Gift-Giving and Royal Generosity

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604079845
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 554,372
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Angeles Arrien

Angeles Arrien, PhD (1940 – 2014) received her master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctorate from the California Institute for Integral Studies. Dr. Arrien's teachings bridge the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and comparative religion, while focusing on universal beliefs shared by humanity. She lectured and led workshops internationally on cultural anthropology and transpersonal psychology at colleges, corporate settings, and personal growth facilities. Her books include The Four-Fold Way, The Second Half of Life, and Living in Gratitude, and her audio-learning programs include Gratitude, Gathering Medicine, and more.


Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is a spiritual teacher, lecturer, and author of four New York Times #1 bestsellers, including A Return to Love, Meditations for a Miraculous Life, and many other books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xix

Foreword Marianne Williamson xxiii

Introduction 1

1 January: Begin Anew 23

Four Concerns of Soul Making

Hopi Reminders for Starting Anew

Renewed Innocence: Five Qualities of Children

2 February: Attend to the Heart 41

The Four-Chambered Heart

Spoken and Non-spoken Verses of Love

Dalai Lama's Practice of Cherishing Self and Others

3 March: Compassionate Service 61

Five Principles of Compassionate Service

Luck: Where Opportunity and Preparedness Intersect

Nabokov's "Thrill of Gratitude"

4 April: Mercy and Atonement 77

Spirituality of Empathy

States of Ingratitude

The Cultivation of Mercy and Forgiveness

5 May: The Gift of Grace 95

Grace, Gravitas, and Gratitude

Memorial Day and Aboriginal Dreamtime

Nine Practices of Excellence from Japan

6 June: The Power of Equanimity 115

Balance, Equanimity, and Renewal

Japanese Practice of Naikan

The Practice and Identification of Equanimity

7 July: Embracing Nature 131

Four Natural Qualities for Survival

Nature's Three Laws of Governance

Four Soul Retrieval Places in Nature

8 August: Cultivating Peace 149

Embracing Nonviolence: The Quaker Queries

Shifting Our Relationship to Conflict: Questions from the Talmud

Three Guidelines for Fair Fighting

9 September: Opening to Guidance and Wisdom 167

Seven Outer Practices of Highly Effective People

Seven Internal Practices for Developing Spirituality and Character

Five Principles of Optimum Health

10 October: Letting Be and Letting Go 185

Deeper Lessons of Living and Being Human

Longings and Belongings

Community and Celebration: Being a Social Architect

11 November: Grateful Seeing 203

The Breath of Thanks Practice

Indigenous Giveaway Practices

Grateful Seeing: Looking for Goodness and What Is Working

12 December: The Mystic Heart 221

The Holidays and the Mystic Heart

Two Kinds of Gratitude

Gift-Giving and Royal Generosity

Epilogue: Living in Gratitude-Where We Have Been and How We Can Continue 237

Notes 241

Bibliography 251

Reader's Guide 267

About the Author 273

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

more fulfilling relationships, and greater financial abundance. This book is the best manual I have ever come across to show you how. I highly recommend it!”
-- Jack Canfield, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles Having written about and practiced gratitude for over a decade, I felt there was nothing else to say about the topic. Then I read Living in Gratitude. Angeles takes the practice of thankfulness to a whole new level. Month by month, she guides us with questions and reflections to use gratefulness to grow spiritually in work, finances, health, and relationships. I give thank to her and to this book.”
--M.J. Ryan, author of Attitudes of Gratitude and A Grateful Heart
Are you exhausted? Disheartened? Worried? Please do yourself a favor and read this book. Please allow this heart food to feed you at the deepest levels of your being. This is more than a book—it is a manual for living a life that you love and that matters, a life of savoring and serving, a life or inter-communication and grace. Please, let yourself be fed.”
-- Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer Angeles Arrien is one of the most gifted and generous teachers of our time. She brings forward the perennial wisdom of traditional cultures and gives it accessible, pragmatic application that is essential to the health of our contemporary society. Angeles Arrien is a rare and true wise elder. She embodies what she teaches.”
-- Frank Ostaseski, founder and director of the Metta Institutue "Brimming with story, spirit, science, culture, and prayer, Angeles Arrien brings her luminous wisdom to create a masterpiece of soulful living."
-- Jean Houston, PhD, author of A Mythic Life

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