Photo: James Duncan Davidson (TEDGlobal 2013)

Gratefulness // Brother David Steindl-Rast at TEDGlobal 2013

empau:

I really enjoyed this inspiration from Brother David Steindl-Rast at the closing of TedGlobal 2013. I’ll take with me today that “Every moment is a new gift. The master key to our happiness is in our own hands. Moment by moment we can be grateful for this gift.” Happy Sundays everyone!

Originally posted on TED Blog:

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Photo: James Duncan Davidson

David Steindl-Rast is a monk, and a composed, serene figure to wrap up the last session of TEDGlobal 2013. His theme, gratefulness, is also appropriate for the end of a long and intense week. After all, he points out, we all share the same essential goal: to be happy. And gratitude provides the key. “We all know people who have lots of misfortunes that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy, they radiate happiness,” he says. Why are they like this? “Because they are grateful. It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

So how exactly do we live gratefully? “By becoming aware that every moment is a ‘given moment,’ as we say,” Steindl-Rast explains. “It’s a gift. You haven’t earned it or brought it about. And you have no way of assuring there will be another…

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