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    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.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: peace  religious 
     
    Wherever we may come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: spiritual 
     
    By looking up, by raising our eyes above our limited horizon, we are more likely to perceive the blessings hidden in affliction.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: blessing  eyes 
     
    "The root of joy is gratefulness."
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: joy 
     
    The universe is gratis. It cannot be earned, nor need it be earned.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: universe 
     
    Each one of us is called to become that great song that comes out of the silence, and the more we let ourselves down into that great silence the more we become capable of singing that great song.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: silence  song 
     
    From experience we know that whenever we are truly awake and alive, we are also truly grateful.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: experience  awake 
     
    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.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: future 
     
    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.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: saying  mother  scientist 
     
    One single gift acknowledged in gratefulness has the power to dissolve the ties of our alienation.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: power  gift 
     
    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.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    Faith is the courageous confidence that trusts in the Source of all gifts.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: trust  gift  faith  confidence 
     
    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.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: live  community  gift  real  artist 
     
    Gratefulness is the gallantry of a heart ready to rise to the opportunity a given moment offers.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    Truth is something we discover by carrying it out. It is not a list of statements, but a direction of life.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: truth 
     
    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.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: death  heart  joy  world  trust  faith  learn 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    "...Grateful living makes life meaningful and full of joy."
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: living 
     
    ...our happiness hinges not on good luck; it hinges on peace of heart.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: happiness  peace  heart 
     
    Blessing is the lifeblood throbbing through the universe.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: blessing  universe 
     
    Only gratefulness, in the form of limitless openness for surprise, lays hold of the fullness of life in hope.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: hope 
     
    Gratefulness is that fullness of life for which we are all thirsting.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    Any change in attitude changes the way one sees the world, and this in turn changes the way one acts.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: world  attitude 
     
    There's opportunity upon opportunity to be grateful; that's what life is.
    — 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.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    Gratefulness makes us aware of the gift and makes us happy. As longas we take things for granted they don't make us happy. Gratefulness isthe key to happiness. Practicing gratitude is so central to my spirituality.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: happiness  gratitude  key  gift 
     
    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.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: heart  grace  gift 
     
    Love is saying yes to belonging.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: saying 
     
    In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.
    — David Steindl-Rast
    tags: joy  moment 
     
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