We all want to be happy. This is something we all share in common. Gratefulness brings happiness. It is possible to find opportunities to be grateful in every moment - to appreciate and respect, not to be forever wanting or living in fear, and to act from a sense of abundance not scarcity.
Brother David suggests we just need to slow down, to connect to and be aware of what is happening around us, be open to see the opportunities present in each and every moment, and be willing to take those opportunities. This he believes will guide us to a happy life.
Brother Davidexplore the parallels between new paradigm thinking in science and religion that together offer a remarkably compatible view of the universe". and having my worldview about religion and spirituality shifted significantly. Until then I had always kept science and spirituality in completely separate places in mind.
In this particular TEDx talk, Brother David suggests that the 'instructions' for a happy life are similar to those we are taught as children when learning to cross the road - it's common sense too - that we need to Stop, Look, Go. He encourages us to find easy and daily ways to stop and be present in the moment, to look and see what is happening around us and to see opportunities to engage and be happy.
Living a simple life, connected with nature and community gives us many opportunities to slow down enough to stop, to look, to listen, to be present in the moment - to connect, to feel at one with the world, to feel a sense of belonging - belonging to the community of life, belonging to the universe and then continuing on in our lives with the renewed respect and gratefulness for life, for the opportunities that exist in every moment to live a happy and meaningful life.
My exposure to the the thinking and wisdom of people like Fritjof Capra and Brother David, and other Schumacher Scholars in my early 20s led me to open my heart and mind to the possibilities of what my life could look like lived with purpose and meaning, and encouraged me to simplify my life so that I could find the moments to stop, look and go, be grateful and be happy.
Stop, look and go well!