Gathered Wisdom, June 28

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

Hope does not deny all the difficulty and all the danger that exists, but it is not stopped by them.
There is a lot of darkness, but our actions create the light.

-Jane Goodall, The Book of Hope, From Well for the Journey

Make a Difference

Never again will he say, “I am just a  . . .” says Terry Hershey. Not “just a mom,” not “just a brick layer,” not “just a friend.” Every one of us is important. Everyone can make a difference.

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From Terry Hershey’s “Sabbath Moments.”

What Do You Really Want?

It took scientists thousands of years to learn what lives in the depths of the ocean. Just so, our desires may be buried deep in our inner selves in resplendent beauty that we are not aware of. When we allow our desire for transformation and healing to meet Jesus’ desire to transform and to heal, we will recognize our deepest desires.

Read the essay.

From Renovare.

Love Is Not A Feeling, It’s An Ability

“Anytime we do the work of love, we are doing the work of ending domination.,” says bell hooks in a conversation with Sharon Salzberg. “In a culture of domination, it’s extremely hard to cultivate love or to be love. At this moment in our nation, there’s so much disrespect afloat. Respect comes from a word meaning to look at. Right now, we are not looking at one another with loving-kindness, with compassion.”

Read the interview.

Found in Awakin.

Jesus and Bias

We all see things from our own perspective with our own biases. That may be why, In much of his teaching, Jesus employed stories. Through these short “imaginative vacations” to another world, Jesus helped people see from a new vantage point.

Read the essay.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Carrying Tension

Jesus was in the business of transformation. Again and again he took in hatred, anger, and curses. He held them, transformed them, and gave back love. He asks us to do the same in our own communities.

Read the essay.

From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

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