Gratefullness Quotes

I subscribed about a year ago to the daily quotes which come from, an organization started under the inspiration of Bro. David Steindl-Rast, a wonderful teacher whose message is about the centrality of the grateful heart in spiritual and emotional health. Here’s some wonderful quotes. Ponder on one each day:

Prayer is an act of love, words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love. St. Teresa of Avila

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa

Heaven and earth are threads from one loom. Shaker proverb

Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire. Teilhard de Chardin

In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds. Henri Nouwen

Penetrate the heart of just one drop of water, and you will be flooded by a hundred oceans. Mahmûd Shabistarî

My storehouse having been burnt down, nothing obstructs my view of the bright moon. Masahide, Zen poet

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. Jalaluddin Rumi

Every being is an abode of God, worthy of respect and reverence. Hindu Scripture

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

When it seems humanly impossible to do more in a difficult situation, surrender yourself to the inner silence and thereafter wait for a sign of obvious guidance or for a renewal of inner strength. Paul Brunton

The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Whenever feeling downcast, each person should vitally remember, “For my sake, the entire world was created.” Baal Shem Tov

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. John Quincy Adams

True affluence is not needing anything. Gary Snyder

If you dedicate yourself to service, the doors will open. Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

Catastrophe is the essence of the spiritual path, a series of breakdowns allowing us to discover the threads that weave all of life into a whole cloth. Joan Halifax

If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine. Thomas a Kempis

Each minute of life should be a divine quest. Paramahansa Yogananda

Don’t let other people’s opinions burn holes in your dreams. Elsa Joy Bailey

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others. Archibald Rutledge

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.  Henry Ward Beecher

I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love all pray in their distress, and to these virtues of delight return their thankfulness. William Blake

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. Emily Dickinson

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. The Talmud

The main thing in one’s own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry. Maya Angelou

“I wake up in the morning asking myself what can I do today, how can I help the world today.” Julia Butterfly Hil

Behind every shadow of life is the great light of God. Paramahansa Yogananda

It may be that when we no longer know what to do

we have come to our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go

we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.

~ Wendell Berry

Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time. Shirley Chisolm

In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. Howard Thurman

All beauty of this world is wet with the dew of tears. Theodor Haecker

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

Suffering is the sandpaper of our life. It does its work of shaping us. Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. Ram Das

Make your meditation a continuous state of mind. A great worship is going on all the time, so nothing should be neglected or excluded from your constant meditative awareness. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Instead of looking for love, give it; constantly renew it in yourself and you will always feel its presence within you. It will always be there smiling at you, gazing on you kindly.Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Faith is the courageous confidence that trusts in the Source of all gifts.  David Steindl-Rast

The gardener uses both roses in the flowerbed and thorns in making fences Hazrat Inayat Khan

The foundation of greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment, instead of pursuing the idea of greatness. Eckart Tolle

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. Rachel Carson

The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Keep alive within you and bring under wise control that courage which makes you long to undertake great works, which others might consider it folly to attempt. St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction. Paul Brunton

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. Helen Keller

In the continuous flow of blessing our heart finds meaning and rest. David Steindl-Rast

Even if I should be locked up in a narrow cell and a cloud should drift past my small barred window, then I shall bring you that cloud, Oh God, while there is still the strength in me to do so.  Etty Hillesum

Dive deeply into the miracle of life and let the tips of your wings be burnt by the flame, let your feet be lacerated by the thorns, let your heart be stirred by human emotion, and let your soul be lifted beyond the earth.Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted – a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. Rabbi Harold Kushner

Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.Pema Chodron

As one can see when the eyes are open, so one can understand when the heart is open. Hazrat Inayat Khan

Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.Etty Hillesum

In your heart must well that sympathy which soothes away all pains from the hearts of others. Paramahansa Yogananda

The greatest surprise is that there is anything at all — that we are here. David Steindl-Rast

God is the mirror of silence in which all creation is reflected. Paramahansa Yogananda

How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.Hafiz

First thing in the morning, before you meet or greet anyone, remember to greet all of nature, all visible and invisible creatures. Say to them: “I am grateful for your work, I love you and want to be in harmony with you!” At this very moment, in response to your greeting, all of nature will open to you and send you energy for the entire day. Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Paradoxically, we achieve true wholeness only by embracing our fragility and sometimes, our brokenness. Wholeness is a natural radiance of Love, and Love demands that we allow the destruction of our old self for the sake of the new.Jalaja Bonheim

Love is the sacrament by which all life is redeemed and fulfilled.  Samuel Miller.

In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.David Steindl-Rast

Goodness is the only investment which never fails. Henry David Thoreau

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. Philo of Alexandria

Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly. G.K. Chesterton

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.Marcus Tullius Cicero

Thanks to the human heart by which we live; thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears.William Wordsworth

The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.Brother Lawrence

Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom. Sogyal Rinpoche


Out Beyond Ideas

Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
The world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase
each other, doesn’t make any sense.

Jalaludin Rumi

And Now I Become Myself by May Sarton

Now I become myself. It’s taken
Time, many years and places,
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people’s faces,
Run madly, as if Time were there,
Terribly old, crying a warning,
“hurry, you will be dead before —–”
(What? Before you reach the morning?
or the end of the poem, is clear?
Or love safe in the walled city?)
Now to stand still, to be here,
Feel my own weight and density!…..
Now there is time and Time is young.
O, in this single hour I live
All of myself and do not move
I, the pursued, who madly ran,
Stand still, stand still, and stop the Sun!

~ May Sarton ~




Some Inspiring Words

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
 Black Elk, Oglala Sioux
Holy Man  

“I am part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart from the rest of humanity.”  Ghandi

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” 

Anais Nin

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds.  Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.”


“There is something greater and purer than what the mouth utters. Silence illuminates our souls, whispers to our hearts, and brings them together. Silence separates us from ourselves, makes us sail the firmament of spirit, and brings us closer to Heaven.”

Kahlil Gibran

“Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others… And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“You nourish your soul by fulfilling your destiny, by developing the potential that the soul represents. When you fulfill your soul’s destiny, you will feel “right.”

Rabbi Harold Kushner

“…To a child I shall give wings, but I shall let him fly on his own.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“…All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.  We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” 

Chief Seattle

“ When we bless others, we free the goodness in them and in ourselves. When we bless life, we restore the world.”

Rachel Naomi Remen

“The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.”

John F. Kennedy

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal them to their own.” 

Benjamin Disraeli

“… for we will recover our sense of wonder and our sense of the sacred only if we appreciate the universe beyond ourselves as a revelatory experience of that numinous presence whence all things come into being.  Indeed, the universe is the primary sacred reality.”

Thomas Berry

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched… but are felt in the heart.”

Helen Keller

“Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People.”

Mohawk thanksgiving prayer.


Omega: a poem

Omega, a poem by Mike Seymour

There is something of immeasurable

                 and imponderable beauty

                  in every person

which cannot exactly be seen,

but rather touched inwardly from one’s own depths,

a deep connecting with

                  and speaking to deep

                  in a language beyond word

                                             or even breath.

To call this something a gift

                  would be limiting,

because we think of a gift as given,

and this boundlessness I speak of

                  was never given as such,

                                             but always was,

and there was never a time it was not.

Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that

this beauty is an opening,

         a portal to the truth,

                  another world in this world,

                           a mirror to unchanging space,

a presence.

I like the words God or love,

but even these terms and notions

are still only


to something finally wordless…….nameless.

And so what of our lives

                  and of our professions?

Teaching for example,

                  which is my vocation at this time.

I might ask what is teaching? 

                  and who is it that teaches?

                           and who is taught?

I think the lessons we teach

                  may only be ways

                           to occupy time and space

while this something hidden and unrevealed in us

                  is waiting to be sensed

in the mutual embrace of hospitality

         that a loving heart,

         a patient gaze,

         a kind word,

and moments of silence…..

moments of continuing…… and deepening silence,

         can invite

                  into our midst.