David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk who co-founded ‘A Network for Grateful Living’, an organization dedicated to gratefulness as a transformative influence for individuals and society (http://www.gratefulness.org). He also co-founded the Center for Spiritual Studies with Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi teachers.
In a very recent TED Talk on 27 Nov 13, ‘Want to be happy? Be Grateful’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtBsl3j0YRQ), he talks about grateful living as a global ethic and the full response to a given moment and all that it contains. It is a universal practice that fosters personal transformation, cross-cultural understanding, interfaith dialogue, intergenerational respect, nonviolent conflict resolution, and ecological sustainability.
“The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy”, says Steindl-Rast, and “happiness, is born from gratitude”. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
Grateful living according to him is “being aware that every moment is a gift. And, opportunity is the gift within the gift”. We need to be grateful in every given moment.
Being Grateful is as simple as crossing a street, explained in 3 steps:
- STOP – We rush through life. It is important to be quiet and build stop signs into our life.
- LOOK – We need to open our eyes, our ears, all our senses to the wonderful richness that is given to us. We must open our hearts to enjoy this opportunity. Nothing makes us more happy when all of us are happy.
- GO – This is an invitation to do something…to Share, to be Mindful, to live with Integrity, to Learn, to Excel, to be Socially responsible…
A grateful world is a happy world. We must practise Moment-by-Moment gratitude in our lives to make the world a happy place.