A Good Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast

A Good Day: The gift of today is Gratefulness

The gift of today is Gratefulness. If you treat this day as if it is your first day as well as your last day, you would have spent this day very well. Be grateful for this day right now. Open your heart to this incredible gift that is today.

Originally created as an ‘alchemical wisdom” montage featuring the Godfather of the Gratitude Movement, Brother David Steindl-Rast speaking over a customized musical soundtrack, in a blend created by Wisdom of the World Founder, Composer/Producer Gary Malkin. This touching audio track was given to world class cinematographer, Louie Schwartzberg to set to his astonishingly beautiful visual artistry.

Many people experience this short film as a morning alignment tool, other as a reminder of what matters most during life challenges. However you use it, it’s great to remember that the greatest state of consciousness we humans can ever be in is a state of gratitude. When that happens, we are overflowing with compassion and a willingness to serve the greater good.


Brother David Steindl-Rast

Brother David Steindl-Rast was born in Vienna, Austria, and holds a PhD from the Psychological Institute at the University of Vienna. After 12 years of training in the 1,500-year-old Benedictine monastic tradition, Brother David received permission to practice Zen with Buddhist masters. An international lecturer and author, Brother David is a leader in the monastic renewal movement. As well as the dialogue between Eastern and Western religions. His most recent book is Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer.

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Transcript from video:

Today is not just another day, it is the one day that is given to you today. It is a gift, the only gift that you have right now. The only appropriate response is Gratefulness.

If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response, to the great gift that this unique day is. If you learn to respond as if it were the first day of your life and the very last day, then you would have spent this day very well.

Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open, the incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment. Look at the sky, we so rarely look at the sky, so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment with clouds coming and going.

We just think of the weather, but we don’t think of all the different nuances of weather. We just think of good weather and bad weather.

This day, right now, this unique weather, maybe a kind that may never come in that form again. The formation of clouds in the sky may never be the same than it is right now, open your eyes and look at that.

Look at the faces of people that you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom not only their own story but the story of their ancestors. We all go back so far.

And in this present moment, this day, all the people you meet, all that life from generations and so many all over the world, flows together and meets you here like life giving water if you only open your heart and drink.

Open you heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch and there is electric light. You turn a facet and there is warm water and cold water and drinkable water. It is a gift that millions and millions of people will never experience.

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