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.

β€” David Steindl-Rast

The most heartwarming David Steindl-Rast quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

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


Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more.


Eyes see only light, ears hear only sound, but a listening heart perceives meaning.


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.


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.


People who have faith in life are like swimmers who entrust themselves to a rushing river. They neither abandon themselves to its current nor try to resist it. Rather, they adjust their every movement to the watercourse, use it with purpose and skill, and enjoy the adventure.


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


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.


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


As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it.

And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it. What happens here is a spiraling ascent, a process of growth in ever expanding circles around a steady center.


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.


Solitude without togetherness deteriorates into loneliness.

One needs strong roots in togetherness to be solitary rather than lonely when one is alone.


About David Steindl-Rast

Quotes 67 sayings
Birthday July 12, 1926

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


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.


Each string of a wind harp responds with a different note to the same breeze.

What activity makes you personally resonate most strongly, most deeply?


What brings fulfillment is gratefulness, the simple response of our heart to this life in all its fullness.


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


The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving.

In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves.


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.


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.


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


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


One single gift acknowledged in gratefulness has the power to dissolve the ties of our alienation.


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.


The artist ought to know that a thousand painful deaths always lead into greater life.


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


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.


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


By looking up, by raising our eyes above our limited horizon, we are more likely to perceive the blessings hidden in affliction.


Only gratefulness, in the form of limitless openness for surprise, lays hold of the fullness of life in hope.


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.


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.


Love is saying yes to belonging.


Grateful living makes life meaningful and full of joy.


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.


In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.


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.


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


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.


Gratefulness has the courage to trust and so overcomes fear.


If you're really mind-full, and if you underline that aspect of fullness, wholeness, or wholeheartedness, it reveals the gift character of everything.


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


"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."


Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful.

The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted.


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


When you focus so much on the word, you tend to neglect the realm of silence.


Wherever we may come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual.


Any place is sacred ground, for it can become a place of encounter with the divine Presence.


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.