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Seasons of Grace: The Life-giving Practice of Gratitude Hardcover – 18 Dec 2002


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  • Hardcover: 266 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 December 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471208329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471208327
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 386 g
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Gratitude, Cicero observed, is more than just a virtue; it is the parent of all the other virtues.  In Seasons of Grace: The Life-giving Practice of Gratitude, Alan Jones and John O?Neil explore the spiritual practice of gratitude, which can be expressed in acts as simple as writing a thank-you note, cleaning the house or meditating in the garden.  Although the authors do not draw explicitly on Naikan Buddhism, their approach is astoundingly similar to Naikan, which emphasizes gratitude as the key to compassionate living.  The book is beautifully organized into sections around the four seasons: spring is a time to appreciate the gift of a renewed creation; summer a season of frolicking in nature and enjoying some rest; autumn a contemplative period of introspection; and winter an interval of gathering with loved ones.  Each chapter closes with ?gratitude practices,? offering concrete ideas of ways to cultivate and express gratitude.  (Publishers Weekly, January 27, 2003)

"What do you say?"
"Thank you."
Maybe it's because we're always reminding our children to say it, or because our parents kept reminding us to say it, but we rarely stop and think about those two little words we use all the time.
Thank you.
Don't just say it. Feel it. Try this. Close your eyes. Sit up straight. Take deep breath. As you exhale think . . . thank you.
Do it again, please.
Thank you.
Who were you thanking? God? The Universe? Yourself? No one in particular? It doesn't really matter. It feels good no matter who you're thanking -- especially when it's for nothing, or everything.
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."
Cicero said that and so do the Rev. Alan Jones, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and John O'Neil, the president of the Center for Leadership Renewel, in a simple and wise new book called "Seasons of Grace -- The Life-Giving Practice of Gratitude". (SF Chronicle, January 26, 2003)

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"In Seasons of Grace, Alan Jones and John O?Neil show us how to receive the Grace we have already been given. A must-read book for anyone who wants to live a full life."
?Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather?s Blessings

By taking the time to give thanks and experience gratitude for life?s everyday pleasures and surprises, we open ourselves to joy and wonder and plant the seeds for spiritual renewal.

Offering a cornucopia of practical advice, astute reflections, and beautiful excerpts from literary and spiritual works, Seasons of Grace will release you from stress by showing you how easy it is to practice gratitude in your daily life. Through inspiring real-life stories from the authors? lives and those of their friends and the people they?ve helped in their work, you?ll discover that gratitude isn?t just etiquette or one more thing to do. Rather, it is a spontaneous response that will restore peace, awe, and a sense of well-being in your life. Seasons of Grace traces gratitude through the metaphor of the four seasons, charting the many hallmark occasions and often-surprising opportunities to practice gratitude throughout the year:

  • Spring: a season of rebirth and a time to appreciate the gift of creation, your family and heritage, and the importance of spring cleaning in every sense of the term;
  • Summer: a season to give thanks for being alive, explore gardens filled with beautiful flowers, meet your fears, appreciate the healing power of play and the magic of your five senses, and experience healing rest;
  • Autumn: a season to reflect on what it means to be alive, discover authenticity, enjoy transformative journeys, feed your mind and spirit, and find your own true life story;
  • Winter: a season to gather around the table with loved ones, celebrate life?s bounty, enjoy the holidays with friends, do what you can to change the world, and be grateful for being a mortal creature who is alive right now.

A grateful heart is vital to realizing a fully human life. Discover the transformative power of gratitude in your own life with the inspirational guidance of Seasons of Grace, a book destined to become a spiritual classic.


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