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By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Gratefulness makes us aware of the gift and makes us happy. As long as we take things for granted they don't make us happy. Gratefulness is the key to happiness. Practicing gratitude is so central to my spirituality.

By Anonym 19 Sep

David Steindl-rast

The you must be there for the I to find itself. Trust in you gives me trust in myself. In the encounter between the you and the I, faith is born. I am so truly I because I have faith in you. Only the I that comes about through faith can have faith.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

At a certain pitch of religious experience, the heart just wants to sing; it breaks into song. Paradoxically, you could say when the silence finds its fullness, it comes to word.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

The root of joy is gratefulness...It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Gratefulness is not just saying "thank you." It's acting. It is being yourself. A mother is grateful, shows gratefulness by mothering, a scientist by doing science.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

People who have faith in life are like swimmers who entrust themselves to a rushing river. They neither abandon themselves to its current nor try to resist it. Rather, they adjust their every movement to the watercourse, use it with purpose and skill, and enjoy the adventure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

If you're really mind-full, and if you underline that aspect of fullness, wholeness, or wholeheartedness, it reveals the gift character of everything.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

One can learn to focus on "opportunity" as the gift within every given moment. This attitude towards life always improves the situation. Even in times of sickness, someone who habitually practices grateful living will look for the opportunity that a given moment offers and use it creatively.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Through people that I did know or through things that I did touch, I am connected with everything that ever was and everything that ever will be. Everything hangs together with everything.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Order is the disposition of things in which each gives to the other its room, its own proper place. That's the external aspect. The other is that order that springs from love: there's no other way of establishing order except through love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Grateful living makes life meaningful and full of joy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

We can't really waste our time; we have to see that we are all in the same boat and that different religious traditions point in the same direction, and now let's get moving together, doing something for peace.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

There is no one harder to live with than an artist. Therefore an artist is a real gift because he or she raises the sanctity of everyone else in the community.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

There is no closer bond than the one that gratefulness celebrates, the bond between giver and thanksgiver. Everything is a gift. Grateful living is a celebration of the universal give-and-take of life, a limitless yes to belonging. Can our world survive without gratefulness? Whatever the answer, one thing is certain: to say an unconditional yes to the mutual belonging of all beings will make this a more joyful world. This is the reason why Yes is my favorite synonym for God.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

After all, how could I be a person if Ultimate Reality were impersonal?

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Joy is that kind of happiness that does not depend on what happens.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

By looking up, by raising our eyes above our limited horizon, we are more likely to perceive the blessings hidden in affliction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Can you be grateful for everything? No. But in every moment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

The goal is partly the enjoyment; it doesn't come later, but within the very process of the struggle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart that springtime, no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift, gratuitous, gratis, a grace.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Among the many things that profoundly impress me about the Dalai Lama, quite high up on the list is his ability to say "I don't know". I've often wished that other people in prominent positions wouldn't feel the compulsion to have an answer for everything and would feel equally free to say "I don't know." It's a sign of wisdom to know that you don't know and a sign of stupidity to think that you know everything. I admire it enormously in him, and wonder why so few people in leading positions reach that stage.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Gratitude is here presented as more than a feeling, a virtue, or an experience; gratitude emerges as an attitude we can freely choose in order to create a better life for ourselves and for others. The Nigerian Hausa put it this way: Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Any place is sacred ground, for it can become a place of encounter with the divine Presence.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

We have thousands of opportunities every day to be grateful: for having good weather, to have slept well last night, to be able to get up, to be healthy, to have enough to eat. ... There's opportunity upon opportunity to be grateful; that's what life is.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

At any moment the fully present mind can shatter time and burst into Now.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Each string of a wind harp responds with a different note to the same breeze. What activity makes you personally resonate most strongly, most deeply?

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

As we learn to give thanks for all of life and death, for all of this given world of ours, we find a deep joy. It is the joy of trust, the joy of faith in the faithfulness at the heart of all things. It is the joy of gratefulness in touch with the fullness of life.

By Anonym 17 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Meaning springs from belonging.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

The challenge is to learn to respond immediately to whatever it is time for. Not to wonder whether you have time for it or whether you like it, but simply to respond when it is time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

What brings fulfillment is gratefulness, the simple response of our heart to this life in all its fullness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it -- that alone can be like waking up from a dream.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

"The root of joy is gratefulness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

When you focus so much on the word, you tend to neglect the realm of silence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

"The Holy Spirit . . . wants to flow through us and realize all these wonderful possibilities in the world - if we only open ourselves and allow it to happen.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Truth is something we discover by carrying it out. It is not a list of statements, but a direction of life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise then you will discover the fullness of your life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

One single gift acknowledged in gratefulness has the power to dissolve the ties of our alienation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

The artist ought to know that a thousand painful deaths always lead into greater life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Solitude without togetherness deteriorates into loneliness. One needs strong roots in togetherness to be solitary rather than lonely when one is alone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it. What happens here is a spiraling ascent, a process of growth in ever expanding circles around a steady center.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more.

By Anonym 18 Sep

David Steindl-rast

The light of love shines “in the darkness” (John 1:5), in suffering, in confusion, in all that we will never understand. Love makes darkness itself shine. This opens altogether new possibilities for dealing creatively with the shadow side of reality. Words can only serve as pointers; we must put this to the test in our own dark hours. Those who have done so, those who have suffered lovingly, have discovered the transformative power of love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Only gratefulness, in the form of limitless openness for surprise, lays hold of the fullness of life in hope.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Try pausing right before and right after undertaking a new action, even something simple like putting a key in a lock to open a door. Such pauses take a brief moment, yet they have the effect of decompressing time and centering you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

The experience of love and the experience of death destroy the illusion of our self-sufficiency. The two are closely connected, and to become fully human we must experience both of them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

There's opportunity upon opportunity to be grateful; that's what life is.