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Stop.Look.Go

Highlights

Explore Stop.Look.Go through this curated collection of resources and practices.

Videos

Want to be Happy? Be Grateful.

by Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB
In his talk from TEDGlobal 2013, Br. David addresses how Grateful Living can change the…
Articles

Cultivating a Practice: Grateful Living as a Way of Life

by Kristi Nelson
Cultivation is a form of practice and harnesses the energy of purposefulness. We can cultivate…

Gratefulness has three steps: not missing the opportunity, appreciating the opportunity, and using or enjoying the opportunity. By this method we come fully alive, full of joy, which is what we are all longing for.

Br. David Steindl-Rast

Grateful Living weaves greater awareness throughout all of our moments. Like other forms of practice, Grateful Living offers a way to approach, frame, and learn from everything that unfolds in our lives, allowing us to access deeper reserves of resilience and wisdom. When you commit to practicing something, you become its student. You become attuned to its presence and promise. The good news is that the path of practice is deeply merciful; there is no doing it wrong. There is only the gentle reminder and opportunity to return again and again to your intentions, perhaps just one more time today, or simply one delicious moment more than yesterday.

Br. David Steindl-Rast lays out a simple yet rich prescription for how to practice Grateful Living: Stop.Look.Go. Most of us know this maxim by heart from when we were children standing at the curb with an adult next to us. It helps us to harness our awareness, open all our senses, pay close attention, note the opportunities, and only then act purposefully. When we set out to meet the moments in our lives as if they are precious and truly matter, we cultivate attention, intention, and action: we stop, we look, and then we go. Following this rule preserved our lives as kids, and as adults it can help preserve our availability to the fullness of life.

Stop.Look.Go focuses us on cultivating three characteristics essential for a grateful life: presence, perspective, and possibility. When we stop, we become more present. When we look, we seek the gifts of a grateful perspective. When we go, we awaken possibility.

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

Digging Deeper

For continued exploration, dive into these additional resources on presence, perspective, and possibility.

Grateful Voices

Grateful Voices: Claire

by The Grateful Living Team
In this short film, Claire shares her story of deafness, defiance, grit, and gratitude.
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Collections

New Year Transformation: Resources for the Journey

by The Grateful Living Team
May this collection of resources help to support you in welcoming the new year with…
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Videos

Seek Silence

by Green Renaissance
“Do not fear silence, make peace with silence, for it is in the quiet moments…
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Community Reflections

Community Reflections: Seeds of Hope

by The Grateful Living Community
Our community reflects on the question “What seeds of hope am I actively planting and…
Music

Mantragold – “Gratitude”

by Mantragold
We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the sounds and sights of this…
Videos

Just Be Nice

by Green Renaissance
“You are walking this life. Make sure that you leave beautiful steps behind,” says Morné…