The Transformative Power of Sufficiency & Gratefulness


An on-demand eCourse with Lynne Twist & Brother David Steindl-Rast

In this six-session, on-demand program, we will explore the power of focusing awareness on the gifts, opportunities, and commitments in our lives. Sufficiency and gratefulness help us recognize that we may not need new goals or big changes in order to be deeply happy. Instead, re-orienting to the “currencies” and currents of our lives may hold the key. Learn with two of the world’s great thought-leaders as they share their wisdom.


Gratefulness and appreciation are so very closely related to one another. And when you appreciate something you want to cherish it, you want to serve it, you want to keep it, and improve it even. Gratefulness makes you aware of all gifts. ~ Br. David

  • How can experiencing sufficiency and contentment – rather than judgment and aspiration – become an impetus for transformation in our lives?
  • What are are some of the ways to distinguish between possibility, hope, and faith?
  • How might love and gratitude help to generate needed changes in our world?
  • What are the gifts and opportunities we tend to take for granted?
  • How can cultivating daily practices focused on appreciating “enough” and “what already is” in our lives help to bring forth joy?
  • What is real abundance, and how can we discover and nurture it?

Please join us in exploring these questions, and many more, in this eCourse centered around an intimate, inspiring conversation held between old friends, Br. David Steindl-Rast and Lynne Twist in San Francisco, CA on October 1, 2016. Interview by Sara Vetter.

Course Details: 

You will receive links to all six sessions at one time, to complete at your convenience. Each session will include:

  • A 12 -18 minute video segment of an interview and conversation with Br. David Steindl-Rast and Lynne Twist
  • A full transcript of the  video segment
  • Links to resources which support each course session, i.e. articles, videos, and poems connecting to the theme of the week
  • Practice suggestions
  • Questions for reflection
  • Additional questions for extended study

FAQs about the eCourse

Session Themes:

Session One:      Discovering the Seeds and Stories of Gratefulness and Sufficiency

Session Two:     Toxic Myths of Scarcity: Counteracting Cultural Conditioning

Session Three:  True Abundance and the Great Fullness of Life

Session Four:    We Are Always Practicing Something: Turn Towards Trust & Joy

Session Five:     Manifesting the World You Long For

Session Six:       Taking a Stand for Possibility, One Opportunity at a Time 

This Program is Designed to Help You:

  • identify the forces which can contribute to a sense of scarcity and unhappiness
  • experience greater contentment and gratefulness
  • understand what it means to take a stand for joy, courage, and reverence
  • learn ways to practice living every day of your life as your legacy
  • nourish your life and relationships with increased appreciation
  • know what is “enough” in your life
  • see, and seize, opportunities to make a difference with your gifts.

We limit life going only for the imaginable – we need to be open for surprise.
~ Brother David Steindl-Rast

eCourse Cost $0

* This eCourse is currently offered at no cost as part of our mission to make our services accessible to all. All donations to our non-profit enable us to offer our services at no cost and without advertising. Donations are tax-deductible and deeply appreciated.

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Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist is a global visionary and author of the best-selling book, The Soul of Money, which examines our attitudes toward money and offers compelling insight into our lives and the true essence of prosperity. The book has just been re-released by WW Norton on March 14, 2017.

From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to serving in refugee camps in Ethiopia, and preserving the threatened rainforests of the Amazon through The Pachamama Alliance, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and our current historical landscape.

Lynne is the founder of the Soul of Money Institute and was recently interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for the show Super Soul Sunday, which will air April 23, 2017.

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Br. David Steindl-Rast

Born in Vienna, Austria, David Steindl-Rast studied art, anthropology, and psychology, at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts (MA) and the University of Vienna (PhD). In 1953, he joined Mount Saviour Benedictine Monastery, where he is now a senior member. He began studying Zen in the 1960s, and became a pioneer in interfaith dialogue. In 1975 he received the Martin Buber Award for his achievements building bridges between religious traditions.

His books have been translated into many languages. Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer and A Listening Heart have been reprinted and anthologized for more than two decades. His most recent books are Words of Common Sense, Deeper Than Words: Living the Apostles’ Creed, 99 Blessings: An Invitation to Life, The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life, and Faith Beyond Belief: Spirituality for Our Times; A Conversation.

Brother David is a co-founder of A Network for Grateful Living and, where he currently serves as a senior advisor.

This course is offered in partnership with The Soul of Money Institute.