Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted

Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted


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With a growing body of researching demonstrating the tremendous social, physical, and mental health benefits of gratitude, Kristi Nelson invites readers to join her on the path to feeling fully alive and grateful no matter what circumstances or challenges life presents. Building on the groundbreaking universal teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast, dubbed “the Grandfather of Gratitude” by Oprah Winfrey, and using her own affecting story of surviving Stage IV cancer as a framework, Nelson recounts how she learned to embrace uncertainty, fear, and vulnerability through gratitude practice, and opened the door to living with great fullness of heart. After an in-depth exploration of the guiding principles to living gratefully, readers embark on the journey of cultivating their own grateful living practice, with series of real-world exercises, meditations, and reflections. Each is anchored in the states of consciousness necessary to lead a more grateful life: to be fully present, to see with fresh eyes, and to be open to ever-present possibility. The profound gift Nelson offers through her story and perspective is transformative, reconnecting readers with the joy of being alive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635862447
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 11/24/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 103,056
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kristi Nelson is the author of Wake Up Grateful and the executive director of A Network for Grateful Living. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and has spent more than 30 years in nonprofit leadership, development, and consulting. She has worked at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Soul of Money Institute. Nelson is a Stage IV cancer survivor who cherishes living among friends and family in western Massachusetts.

As a scholar, writer, and social activist, Brother David Steindl-Rast has shared messages of peace, interfaith dialogue, social justice, and environmental stewardship worldwide for more than 50 years in spoken and written word that is both thoughtful and occasionally infused with beauty, wonderment, and wit. His TEDtalk Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful has garnered over 5 million views and thousands of people a day tap into the interactive online community he co-founded, A Network for Grateful Living, for information and guidance on the transformative power of gratefulness as a mindfulness practice.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Brother David Steindl-Rast
Introduction: Alive and Grateful
Part I: From Gratitude to Grateful Living
  1 Gratefulness: Gratitude for the Great Fullness of Life
  2 The Five Guiding Principles: Grateful Living as a Way of Life
  3 Stop. Look. Go.: Cultivating a Grateful Living Practice
  4 Living Gratefully Moment to Moment: How to Have a Grateful Day
Part II: Grateful Living in the Real World
  5 Savoring Uncertainty
  6 Reassuring the Body as It Is
  7 Appreciating Our Emotions
  8 Befriending Our Full Selves
  9 Cherishing Connection
  10 Holding the Heart of Grief and Love
  11 Belonging in Nature
  12 Celebrating Sufficiency
  13 Healing a Hurting World
  14 Living a Grateful Legacy

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