Wake Up Grateful: Open Your Heart to Life is a joyful and profound six-week online course exploring the five foundational principles of grateful living, as articulated by Kristi Nelson in her book Wake Up Grateful. This dynamic self-paced course — recorded during the live online course we offered in spring, 2021 — is an invitation to deepen and expand your relationship with grateful living as a way of life, an orientation for day-to-day living in the best of times and in the most challenging circumstances. We delve into generative questions such as: How does one greet each moment gratefully? What becomes possible when we open ourselves to wonder? How do we truly take nothing for granted? When we tend what we value, what changes? How can love transform our lives and world?
The six video sessions — each 65 – 75 minutes long — are vibrant and engaging, with a rich mix of Kristi’s teachings from the book, guided practices, and conversations with honored guests, Alexandra Elle, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Lynne Twist, and Nipun Mehta. The course also includes the special gift of a video conversation between Br. David Steindl-Rast and Kristi, recorded in April, 2021. We provide you with six abundant toolkits of resources – one for each session – that offer both guideposts and inspiration, and all participants are invited to share insights and reflections throughout the course in our new, online community platform.
The course is designed for anyone wishing to explore the core principles of grateful living — whether new to gratefulness or wanting to deepen a longstanding interest. While we recommend taking at least six weeks to make your way through the course and dive deep into each session’s abundant teachings and resources, please navigate at your own pace. Whatever the rhythm of your learning journey, may it open pathways to greater wellbeing, resilience, joy, and a wholehearted YES to life!