Gathered Wisdom, Feb 15

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


To become wise, we must learn to listen – first to God, and then to wise and good teachers. To become wise we must become students and observers of life, recognizing ways of living that lead to wholeness, seeing what works and what doesn’t.

-Br. David Vryhof

Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Let The Sun Rise

In another wonderful video from Green Renaissance, James Motlhamme shares his experience of orienting to each new day with a sense of contentment and optimism. No matter how hard it gets, he says, each day the sun rises and gives us an opportunity to begin again.

Watch the video.

From A Network for Grateful Living.

The Really Terrible Orchestra

Some years ago, a group of frustrated people in Scotland decided that the pleasure of playing in an orchestra should not be limited to those who are good enough to do so, but should be available to the rankest of amateurs. So they formed The Really Terrible Orchestra, made up of those who love to play but aren’t very good at it.  Read this delightful essay about what happened next.

Read the essay.

From Daily Good.

A Prayerful Stance

Prayer, says Fr. Richard Rohr, is not words or even thinking. It is, rather, living in the awareness and presence of God right here, right now, all the time. Wherever we are, however we are, God is there with us.

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

What we Do in Private

Since we are all part of the Body of Christ, everything we do affects the whole body. As Parker Palmer says, f you are here faithfully, you bring great blessing. Conversely, says Rumi,  If you are here unfaithfully, you bring great harm.

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From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

Practicing Rehumanization as We Move Into Uncertainty

John Paul Lederach is a sociologist and specialist in conflict transformation. In this essay, Roshi Joan Halifax offers John Paul’s ideas for rehumanization in this time of uncertainty. We must foster our moral imagination in order to put others first and us second.

Read the reflection.

From Daily Good.

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