David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk, teacher, and author. He is the founder and senior advisor for Grateful and Grateful Living. He is the author of the excellent book Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness (first published 1984). He’s also had his poem A Good Day published as A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude (pub. 2013). Included with this book is a DVD of the beautiful Louie Schwartzberg film with Steindl-Rast reading his poem.
“Now nearing 90, Brother David Steindl-Rast has lived through a world war, the end of an empire, and the fascist takeover of his country. He's given a TED talk, viewed over five million times, on the subject of gratitude — a practice increasingly interrogated by scientists and physicians as a key to human well-being. He was also an early pioneer, together with Thomas Merton, of dialogue between Christian and Buddhist monastics. In this conversation from our visit to the Gut Aich Priory monastery in St. Gilgen, Austria, he speaks of mysticism as the birthright of every human being, and of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as full-blooded, reality-based, and redeeming.”
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