1-7-2016 Gratitude

UCE AMG January 7 Agenda

Opening Words

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large
amount of Gratitude.”

From Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne


Welcome to the UCE Addictions Ministry Group. We are a group of people who have
struggled with our own addictions and the addictions of others. We hope to struggle well
together as we work towards finding sanity, peace, love, and healthy relationships in our
lives. We will strive to spend our time together in a spirit of love embracing the inherent
worth and dignity of all. We accept and respect the varied paths that our members will
take to find sanity, peace, love, and healthy relationships. We covenant to to be together
in a confidential, safe environment where we can explore our paths and our stories.

Check-in and Processing of Check-in

Discussion: Gratitude

The Stream of Life
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves
of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and
of death,
in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood
this moment.
~ Rabindranath Tagore; from Gitanjali (Song Offerings)
Nobel Prize for Literature 1913*

Of course, Brene Brown would have done research on gratitude.
There is a youtube of her talking about joy and gratitude. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IjSHUc7TXM

David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine Monk who is a resource for
thoughts on gratitude.  https://www.ted.com/talks/david_steindl_rast_want_to_be_happy_be_grateful?language=en

This   http://www.wnyc.org/story/science-gratitude/    documentary-style special narrated by Susan Sarandon and distributed by Public Radio International is a product of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley—in collaboration with the University of California, Davis  and their project,  Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude.   http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/expandinggratitude

This http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/news_events/announcement/state_of_gratitude_radio_series_for_national_public_radio  link is to the page that has the audio for the series, called "The State of Gratitude," features eight 90-second pieces exploring different aspects of gratitude.

From the New York Times “The Selfish Side of Gratitude”   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/opinion/sunday/the-selfish-side-of-gratitude.html



Closing Words

An awe so quiet I don’t know
when it began.
A gratitude had begun to sing
in me.
Was there some moment dividing
song from no song?
When does dewfall begin?
When does night fold its arms
over our hearts to cherish them?
When is daybreak?
-Denise Levertov

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