Quoted: David Steindl-Rast on the gentle power of gratefulness

15 Jun

When an acquaintance asked me which religion we have chosen to raise our children in (we are an indo-german family), I told him no religion. His wife was shocked and asked then what values are they going to have -now that is a different question. I told them I hope to raise my children with moral values and that they develop a form of spirituality. This interview is that kind of hope.

TED Blog


By Susan Zimmerman

David Steindl-Rast has the honor of closing this year’s TEDGlobal. [ted_talkteaser id=1283]The Benedictine monk, whose words made an appearance in Louie Schwartzberg’s classic talk “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude,” is known for bridging Catholicism and Buddhism. In the book The Ground We Share, he reveals that the key to both faiths, when you boil it down, is gratefulness.

We sat down with Steindl-Rast before his talk to ask him a few questions.

What is your definition of gratefulness?

Two things have to come together for someone to be grateful: First, we have to experience something we really like, and the second is that it has to be a gift. In other words, it must be a free gift — we haven’t bought it, we haven’t traded it in, we haven’t earned it. It is really a gift to us. When these two things come together —…

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