Gratefulness – A compilation

Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.
David Steindl-Rast
A Listening Heart

Gratitude makes us feel bursting with delight, just to remember the gifts we have received. Thus we are doubly blessed when we receive something: for the gift itself and later, in recall, for the miracle of having been given it.
M.J. Ryan

A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even in paradise.

For all that has been, thanks; to all that will be, yes.
Dag Hammarskjold

God always provides what we need, but we must be ready to open our eyes and see it.
The Midrash

Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of [Read more…]

A Quote from John Perkins – Hoodwinked

By John Perkins (from the book “Hoodwinked”):

“Each one of us must take action in our choices every day. We hold the power, if only we recognize it.

The questions for you are these: What are your passions? Talents? What will bring you the greatest sense of accomplishment? Satisfaction and joy?

Whether you are a student, dentist, plumber, housewife, or something else, you can talk to your friends, family and clients about issues, join organizations that represent your passions, send e-mails, use materials that are environmentally and socially responsible, support politicians who take actions oriented to benefit future generations, vote in the marketplace for companies committed to doing the right thing, and accomplish objectives you have dared only to dream about until now.

It all starts with recognizing your power. You can change the world. Commit to honoring your passion and acknowledging your power. When you combine yours with the passions and talents of others, miracles will happen. Together we can create a sustainable, just and peaceful world.”


Staying Awake… Daily Practices

  1. Relationship with Self: Spiritual Fulfillment
    • Create a regular daily practice – prayer, reflection, meditation, yoga
    • Watch for examples of interconnectedness everywhere
    • Make your conversations positive – with encouragement, hope, possibility
    • Want less, buy less, use less
    • Practice deep breathing several times a day
    • Think of five things you are grateful for; share them with a friend
    • Reflect: What is my life’s purpose? “How I live my days is how I live my life” (Dillard)
    • Read, think, talk about, watch something inspirational every day
    • Create spaces for [Read more…]

Quotes About Mind/Body Medicine

Compiled by Sue Staropoli, M.A.

“The human mind can be trained to play an important part both in preventing disease and in overcoming it when it occurs.” (Anatomy of an Illness p. 118)

“Many physical disorders are caused by repressed, unconscious feelings.” (The Mindbody Prescription)

“The fact that the mind rules the body is, in spite of its neglect by biology and medicine, the most fundamental fact which we know about the process of life.” (Franz Alexander M.D. – Love, Medicine and Miracles, p. 1) [Read more…]

7 Practices For Peacemakers

From the Audiobook Peace is the Way: Bringing War and Violence to an End by Deepak Chopra.



  • Take 5 minutes to meditate for peace– sit quietly with eyes closed, attention on heart and inwardly repeat the words: peace ….. harmony…. laughter…. love –
  • Allow these words to radiate from your heart’s stillness throughout your body
  • End of meditation – “Today I will relinquish all resentments and grievances.”  Bring to mind anyone against whom you have a grievance and let it go.  Send that person forgiveness

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Basic Assumptions – Philosophy of Natural Healing

Compiled by Sue Staropoli, M.A.

“Our Life Energy is the source of our physical and mental well-being, of glowing health, of the joy of living.” – (Your Body Doesn’t Lie – p. 54)

“Symptoms” of Health:
Health, in a human being, is the perfection of bodily organization, intellectual energy, and moral power.
Health is the fullest expression of all the faculties and passions of man, acting together in perfect harmony.
Health is entire freedom from pain of body and discordance of mind.
Health is beauty, energy, purity, holiness, happiness.
Health is that condition in which man is highest known expression of the power and goodness of his Maker. [Read more…]

Characteristics of Holistic Health

by Jerry Driessen, PhD – Exec. Dir., Assn. For Holistic Health

  1. It is person oriented rather than disease oriented.
  2. Its objective is full, vibrant health (positive wellness), not symptom amelioration.
    It respects the valid contribution of current medical science and practice.
  3. It focuses on internal healing as a useful supplement to surgery, radiation and drug therapy.
  4. It is tri-level (physical, emotional, spiritual), not uni-level (physical body).
  5. It focuses on primary prevention rather than crisis intervention. [Read more…]

I Pledge Allegiance

by David Ault (written in 2004)

In a world landscape littered with disregard rather than respect, seemingly divisive opinions towering over community and destructive choices outweighing personal integrity, it is all too easy to stand back and do nothing. It is all too easy to go numb and settle for survival. It is all too easy to recite words and not take the time to comprehend or savor their meaning. It requires more for us to be courageous rather than popular, gracious rather than self absorbed. A true hero is one who lives mindfully.

I choose to believe there is more power in a conscious, loving, mindful thought than in all the proposed weapons birthed from hatred, ignorance and fear. In fact, I believe there is so much power in what one conscious individual can do for the healing of this planet, that I vow to spend the rest of my waking years enrolling others to live it, speak it and write about it with unlimited vision. I believe that the joining of many can and will feed and foster peace on an earth that hungrily awaits enlightenment. [Read more…]

What’s Normal Can Make You Sick

by Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D.

What is your favorite New Year’s resolution? Social psychologist, Eric Fromm once wrote, “Just because millions of people seem to share the same forms of pathology it does not make them sane.” Is what we see as “normal” daily living in fact, making us crazy? If you engage in the normal way of life for the majority of Americans, are you risking your health? Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to”normalize” your life?

Newspaper columnist, Ellen Goodman writes, “Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to the job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, the car, and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.” She asserts that such a lifestyle is the norm for most Americans. [Read more…]