Gathered Wisdom, Feb. 8

A weekly curated collection of essays, poetry, and reflections for your spiritual journey.  From The Wisdom Years.

Plants and animals don’t fight the winter; they don’t pretend it’s not happening and attempt to carry on living the same lives that they lived in the summer. They prepare. They adapt. They perform extraordinary acts of metamorphosis to get them through…
Winter is not the death of the life cycle, but its crucible.

-Katherine May, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

From Well for the Journey.

The Hero We Need

A beautiful and inspiring song from The Makepeace Brothers lifts up everyday, simple heroes and invites us to be one.  You will listen to this again and again.

Watch and listen.

From Karmatube.

Alicia Doyle: Fighting Chance

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life,” said Muhammad Ali. Alicia Doyle learned lessons from professional boxing after she left the ring.

Read the reflection.

From Daily Good.

Caring for the Dying

“Being with someone who is dying is a sacred ministry. It can be one of the greatest gifts given to someone. Attending the dying is like the privilege of being at a birthing. It is a sometimes-painful celebration of a new life,” says Joanna Seibert.

Read the reflection.

Learn more about Joanna Seibert.

Members of One Diverse Family

Mungi Ngomane, granddaughter of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, talks about ubuntu. The African concept means that my humanity is caught up and bound to yours. We are nothing without each other.

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

The Most Spiritually Literate Films of 2021

Every year Spirituality and Practice recommends the most spiritually literate films of the previous year. Pick one or more and settle in for some inspiring viewing.

See the list.

More about Spirituality and Practice.

Gathered Wisdom is an offering of The Wisdom Years, a ministry devoted to the spiritual journey of the last third of our lives.

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