Thursday, November 2, 2017

Want to be Happy? Be grateful - Brother David Steindi-Rast- Interview with Oprah Winfrey

David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful...."Gratitude can change our world in immensely important ways, because if you're grateful you're not fearful, and if you're not fearful you're not violent. If you're grateful you act out of a sense of enough and not of a sense of scarcity and you are willing to share." Since we've lived under the Power Pyramid for so many hundreds of years, can do you think being grateful inspire revolution?
 Brother David: The reason why the Power PyramidFearfulness makes you violent and the root of violence is fearfulness.
Oprah Winfrey: Yes, absolutely. Brother David: And then this fear builds this pyramid because the one is a little high up and the others is fearful that somebody else might get there, and so used violence to oppress the others. There's already oppression.
 Oprah Winfrey: Yeah. So when we see the terrorists throughout the world, the violence being enacted upon people throughout the world, all those people are doing that because they're afraid. 
Brother David: Exactly. And they are afraid of one another that the other one would get ahead. ..."

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