Gathered Wisdom, March 1

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

One discovers the light in darkness…but everything in our lives depends on how we bear the light. It is necessary, while in darkness, to know that there is a light somewhere, to know that in oneself, waiting to be found, there is a light.

-James Baldwin, Nothing Personal

From Well for the Journey.

The 5 Kinds of Love We Often Overlook

Romantic love gets all the attention, but there are many ways to love, and not all of them involve a sexual partner, says Marisa Cohen.  Most of us give and receive more love than we realize.  Look at these five ways to experience love.

Read the essay.

From Happify Daily.

An Unusual Gift From My Grandfather

Her grandfather always brought her such unusual gifts.  The little cup full of dirt she could not play with seemed senseless to her.  But she watered it every day just as her grandfather had told her to do.  Then one day something unusual happened. She still thinks it was her first lesson in the power of service.

Read the reflection.

From Daily Good.

Writing a Better Story

Singer, songwriter, and poet Carrie Newcomer reflects on the stories of her life and comes up with a new storyline, in reflection and in song. “I can tell a story of love or a story of fear. I’m choosing each day to smooth down that clean page and tell a better story,” she says. What might your better story be?

Read and listen.

From Daily Good.

Trusting Our Essential Self  to God

Immense humility, not arrogance, characterizes someone who lives in his or her essential self. Richard Rohr calls it “the true self.” In this position, says Rohr, “You simultaneously know you are a child of God, but you also know that you didn’t earn it and you are not worthy of it. You know it’s entirely a gift.”

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Working-Class Spirituality

Joanna Seibert reflects on the admonition of Bishop Steven Charleston that Christianity is not a spectator sport. “Eventually, all our spiritual practices connecting us to God will be calling us to some action, reaching out of ourselves in some way.”

Read the reflection.

About Joanna Seibert.

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