What does it mean to be grateful through the ups and downs of life? How can we appreciate the gift of each day without minimizing the challenges that face us personally and as a global community? This workshop, rooted in the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk who has taught at Esalen for decades, addresses these questions. Through the mediums of music, movement, poetry, conversation, and collage, we discover together how gratefulness applies to our losses, everyday lives, and relationships. Specific practices enhance our confidence about making a difference in the world and give us a deepened understanding of Abbey Lincoln’s lyrics: “Keep your hand wide open, Let the sun shine through, ‘cause you can never lose a thing if it belongs to you.”
This workshop is appropriate for laypeople, for anyone in a caring profession looking to renew their spirits and develop new tools to continue serving others fruitfully, and for people looking for a spiritual path in harmony with but not bound to a specific tradition.
Recommended reading: Steindl-Rast and ed. Hallward, Essential Writings.