Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Celebration of Gratitude ...

In daily life we must see that it is not happiness 
that makes us grateful,
but gratefulness that makes us happy.

Br David Steindl-Rast

Hi everyone! It is no secret that one of the themes of this blog is gratitude, gratitude as a means of balancing and offsetting the compassion fatigue and chronic sorrow of caregiving, and gratitude as a core value in life. 

So, imagine my pleasure in finding that  Sounds True, (the folk who offer recordings on music, health and healing, and spirituality that you find in many bookstores), and, (Br David Steindl-Rast and his worldwide network of folk "dedicated to gratefulness as the core inspiration for personal change, international cooperation, and sustainable activism in areas of universal concern"), are joining together to offer a FREE live video event from San Francisco on Saturday June 23rd.

A Celebration of Gratitude is a gathering of a diverse group of experts from differing cultures, nationalities, faith traditions and occupations joined together by a shared interest and belief in the power of gratitude. Some of the speakers, discussants and performers include:

  • Brother David Steindl-Rast:  Founder of A Network for Grateful Living
  • David Whyte: Poet and Author
  • Angeles Arrien:  Author and Anthropologist
  • Fritjof Capra:  Physicist
  • Anthony Chavez:  Cesar Chavez Foundation
  • Barrett Ersek:  Entrepeneur and CEO, Holganix (A bionutrient, organic lawn care products company)
  • Dr James Gordon: The Centre for Mind Body Medicine
  • Chungliang Al Huang:  Living Tao Foundation, Author, Philosopher, and Artist
  • Michael Lerner, PhD:  President, Commonweal (Health & environmental institute running residential retreats for cancer patients)
  • Joan Halifax:  Zen Buddhist Roshi, Ecologist, Civil Rights Activist
  • WS Merwin:  Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Laureate
  • Toni Powell:  Founder,
  • Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD:  Science Director, Greater Good Science Centre, UC Berkley
  • Lynn Trojahn:  Philanthropist, Vice President of Advancement for ACCION (International microfinance)
  • Dr Philip Watkins:  Gratitude Researcher
  • Orland Bishop:  Community Activist and Social Change Innovator, Founder of Shade Tree Multicultural Foundation  (Pioneering approaches to urban truces and mentoring of at-risk youth)
  • San Jose Taiko:  Japanese Drumming Troupe
  • Lawrence Beaman:  Bass Baritone Vocalist
  • Destiny Muhammad:  "Harpist from the Hood"
  • Kai Hazelwood:  Ballet Dancer, Fitness Trainer, Choreographer, and Producer
  • Dr Brenda Wade:  Psychologist, TV Host, and Author

You can register for this free video event at A Celebration of Gratitude and, if you are busy on June 23rd, you will be able to access an on-demand streaming edition a few days after the event. Enjoy!


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