The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, who is a monk and interfaith scholar….
He studied art, anthropology, and psychology, receiving an MA from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and then a PhD from the University of Vienna. In 1952 he followed his family who had emigrated to the United States. By 1953 he joined a newly founded Benedictine community in Elmira, NY, Mount Saviour Monastery, of which he is now a senior member.
Brother David, has contributed to a wide range of books and periodicals from the Encyclopedia Americana and The New Catholic Encyclopedia, to the New Age Journal and Parabola Magazine. His books have been translated into many languages. Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer and A Listening Heart have all been reprinted and anthologized for more than two decades. Brother David also co-authored Belonging to the Universe (winner of the 1992 American Book Award), a dialogue on new paradigm thinking in science and theology with physicist, Fritjof Capra. His dialogue with Buddhists produced The Ground We Share: Buddhist and Christian Practice, co-authored with Robert Aitken Roshi. His most recent books are Words of Common Sense and Deeper than Words: Living the Apostles’ Creed.
In this fascinating talk he suggests happiness is born from gratitude. This is an inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful. Judge for yourself….