Gathered Wisdom, March 22

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

May the blessing of light be on you—
light without and light within.

May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.

From Irish Blessings and Proverbs published by JB Irish Books Ltd

Found in Well for the Journey.

The Price of Peace

Brother David Steindl-Rast offers four suggestions for how we as a people can return to being a community of peace. The price for peace will broken hearts, he says, but they will be broken open not broken down, open to embrace everyone.

Read the essay.

From A Network for Grateful Living.

Seeing Beauty in Ourselves and Others

An older woman who is slipping into dementia cannot see her own beauty until friends introduce the idea of kintsugi – a method of repairing broken pots with gold leaf.

Read the reflection.

From Kolbe Times.

The Keys to Aging Well

A reporter with PBS News Hour talks with neuroscientist and professor Daniel Levitin about the aging process and why some people age better than others. Aging is not inevitably a time of decline and loss; it can be a period of renewed energy and engagement. 

Watch the interview or read the transcript.

Found in Daily Good.

On Hope

Krista Tippett of On Being reflects on hope – not as idealism or optimism but as a choice to live in the world as it is, not as we wish it were. “You could make a persuasive case that humanity is hurtling backward,” says Tippett, “But hope calls me to attend, too, to the world that wants to be born.”

Read the article.

Found in Daily Good.


By Mary Oliver

And here is the serpent again,
Dragging himself out from his nest of darkness,
His cave under the black rocks,
His winter death.

Read the rest of the poem.

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