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Attitude of Gratitude

For most of us reading this, there is much to be thankful for. For many around the world though, gratitude is a challenge in the face of daily struggles for food, water and shelter. Even today in this country, many fear an uncertain future as we sort through a shifting political landscape. Yet, when we look back in history, we see that past eras have been fraught with much greater issues of injustice, discrimination, and conflict.  We, as a society, have come a long way and despite what may appear on the surface, there is no turning back.

“In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Author Eat, Pray, Love

Fortunately, we do have tools available to us that can help us get through hard times, whether we are dealing with First World problems or Third World problems. Keeping an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ is one of the most useful principles that can help us navigate the changing times we live in. Even being thankful for what we do not necessarily like or agree with can be very powerful. Needless to say, this is not an easy task because our natural reaction to any form of suffering is often denial and resistance.

So today, we offer this idea – Gratitude for Everything! The good, the bad, the sad and even the suffering. When we can keep our perspective focused on gratitude, we will be able get through life’s challenges much more easily. Being grateful for what is and not always focusing on what is not, will likely help move us in the direction of our dreams and allow us to manifest the best possible future. No one says it will be easy, but by really learning the lessons in each situation, we can move on much more quickly to a better future.

We wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving and hope you are able to enjoy it with family and friends. We wish the people at Standing Rock, North Dakota a safe time. May they stay warm and protected as they protest to protect their water and land. We thank the Native Americans who graciously welcomed and fed the Pilgrims so long ago. May all beings find peace and support as they go through the experiences and lessons life has to offer.

As always, we appreciate hearing from you. What are you grateful for? How do you cope with challenging situations? When you comment here we will send you a free mp3 of our music in gratitude!

10 Climate-Friendly Habits To Consider

UN COCC logoThis week is the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France and it is bringing back memories for us. In 1972, Dean Evenson and I attended the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm where among other things, we videotaped the 15 Native Americans who had been sent over by Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, to share their message about Mother Earth. Meeting those indigenous people changed our lives and their wisdom inspired us to create our nature-based music and start our label, Soundings of the Planet.

Now the United Nations is meeting again, this time to discuss Climate Change. In the 43 years since that first conference, global warming has become a looming issue that stands to affect everyone on the planet. We hope that our governmental and business leaders take this issue very seriously and also that citizens of every country look at how they can change their lifestyle to help turn the tide of global warming.
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Here are 10 Climate-Friendly Habits to consider that are suggested by the French conference organizers. They may seem like small steps, but when multiplied by millions around the world, they are at least a move in the right direction in reducing CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions.
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