Editor M. J. Ryan is a connoisseur of juicy quotations, moving rituals, and everyday spirituality. Inspired by Brother David Steindl-Rast's book Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, she has put together this glorious collection of 365 blessings both traditional and new. They are organized by the seasons of the year. Paging through this book, it is possible to see how integral gratitude is to our health and well-being. Regularly offering blessings is a way to affirm our connections with others and to accept our interdependence with all people. Here is a sampler of quotations:

• "In relation to others, gratitude is good manners; in relation to ourselves, it is a habit of the heart and a spiritual discipline."
— Daphne Rose Kingma

• From joy I came.
For joy I live.
And in sacred joy
I shall melt again."
— Yogananda

• "It is gratefulness which makes the soul great."
— Abraham Joshua Heschel

• May your life be like a
growing freely in the
and joy of each day.
— Native American Proverb

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