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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 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 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

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

By Anonym 17 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Meaning springs from belonging.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Is the relationship between God and Jesus Christ not unique? Of course it is. But so is yours. The relationship between God and every human being is unique and irreplaceable—in ever-new variations of the Christ theme.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Gratefulness is that fullness of life for which we are all thirsting.

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 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Grateful living makes life meaningful and full of joy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

"The root of joy is gratefulness.

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 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

...our happiness hinges not on good luck; it hinges on peace of heart.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefullness, and gratefullness is a measure of our aliveness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

What is necessary when we want to face reality? Stillness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Impatience makes us get ahead of ourselves, reaching out for something in the future and not really being content with where we are, here and now.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Home and journey together constitute the creative polarity of the heart, the two dimensions we must cultivate if we want to 'develop the heart.

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 19 Sep

David Steindl-rast

There is a wave of gratefulness because people are becoming aware how important this is and how this can change our world. It can change our world in immensely important ways, because if you're grateful, you're not fearful, and if you're not fearful, you're not violent. If you're grateful, you act out of a sense of enough and not of a sense of scarcity, and you are willing to share. If you are grateful, you are enjoying the differences between people, and you are respectful to everybody, and that changes this power pyramid under which we live.

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 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 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

From experience we know that whenever we are truly awake and alive, we are also truly grateful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

If you learn to respond as if it’s the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.

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

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 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

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

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 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Gratefulness has the courage to trust and so overcomes fear.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Steindl-rast

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

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

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

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 14 Sep

David Steindl-rast

The antidote to exhaustion may not be rest. It may be wholeheartedness. You are so exhausted because all of the things you are doing are just busyness. There's a central core of wholeheartedness totally missing from what you're doing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

If there is anything the artist or a true work of art teaches us, it is that variety and complexity really increase the unity, and that to achieve unity within a great variety of complexity is a greater achievement and more satisfying piece of art than to achieve unity with just a few elements, which is relatively easily achieved.

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 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 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 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 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

Gratefulness is the great task, the how of our spiritual work, because, rightly understood, it re-roots us.

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

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

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

Gratefulness is the inner gesture of giving meaning to our life by receiving life as gift.

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

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 13 Sep

David Steindl-rast

Gratefulness is the gallantry of a heart ready to rise to the opportunity a given moment offers.