Below are inspirational verses from various traditions to help stimulate your own contemplation and journaling for Step Three: Gratitude – May I be Grateful –  for all the easy and  not-so-easy things in life.”

Christian and Universal
“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.”

(Brother David Steindl-Rast, Jesus and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings)
“The root of joy is gratefulness…
It is not joy that makes us grateful;
it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

(Brother David Steindl-Rast)

Lacandon Maya
Before Grandfather Sun comes up,
I arise to offer sacred smoke
And prayers to the Maker and Shaper.
I send my prayers on the wind, to the four directions.
I ask Creator to take pity on humanity
For we are seeking our correct path.
I enter the Silence.
I listen to the great guardians,
Trees, without whose breath we cannot live.
I offer prayers of gratitude to the plants and nature,
For it is through nature that we are guided to the Infinite.
Nature is the good spirit that guides us
And shows us how to live in harmony and balance.

(Tezkalci Matorral Cachora, Yoeme/Lacandon Maya)

Native American
O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I come before you, one of your many children. I am weak and small. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset; my ears sharp so I may hear your voice. Make me wise, so I may learn the things you have taught my people; the lessons you have hidden under every rock and leaf. I seek strength not to be superior to others, but to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so whenever life fades, like the fading sunset, my spirit will come to you without shame. (Chief Yellow Lark Blackfoot)

It is good to give thanks unto the Lord,
To sing praises unto Your Name, Most High,
To proclaim Your loving-kindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night.
(Psalms 92: 1-2)

Our Family Prayer (Universal)
We give thanks for our variety of skills and interests;
For our different ways of thinking, moving and speaking;
For common hardships and common hopes;
For this family gathered here;
For living together and eating together;
For all our good times, and not so good times;
For growing up and growing older;
For wisdom deepened by experience;
For rest and leisure;
For the privilege of work;
For time made precious by its passing;
For all that has been,
And all that will be;
For all these blessings, we give thanks.
(Bastian/Winslow/Irons Family Prayer from unknown source)

A Simple Prayer  
Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky’s rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you’ve done!
(Source Unknown – Pertains to all Abrahamic Traditions)

You, Universally Honored.
Are a great benefactor.
By doing this rare thing,
You have taught and benefited us
Out of your compassion toward us;
I will never be able to repay your favors,
Even if I try for millions of kalpas;
I will never be able to repay your favors,
Even if I bow respectfully to you,
Offering my hands or feet and everything else;
I will never be able to repay your favors,
Even if I carry you on my head or shoulders
And respect you from the bottom of my heart
For as many kalpas as there is sand in the River Ganges.
(The Lotus Sutra 4)

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough,
and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to
clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger
into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow. (Melody Beattie)

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We clasp the hands of those that go before us,
And the hands of those who come after us.
We enter the little circle of each other’s arms
And the larger circle of lovers,
Whose hands are joined in a dance,
And the larger circle of all creatures,
Passing in and out of life,
Who move also in a dance,
To a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it
Except in fragments
(Wendell Berry)

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It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
(Mary Oliver)


To all my teachers,
I beseech,
Please stay near
and help me teach.

You wisdom helped me
To find my way,
For constant blessings
I will always pray.

To the natural world
That sustains my living
I honor her
For always giving.

Life’s bliss and pain
both invoke
fertile fields
For wisdom’s growth.
(Ed Bastian)