Gathered Wisdom, Aug. 16

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

Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Centre, a speaking voice, to which we may continuously return. 

Thomas R. Kelley, A Testament of Devotion

Found in Well for the Journey

Finding Connection

Nature is honest, says ecotherapist and guide Grant Hine.  Nature just accepts you for who you are. Trees don’t criticize each other for being too fat or too skinny. “Every tree is perfect. And if we can see people in that way as being, that’s how they’ve grown, that’s how they are. So there’s no pressure. It’s honest.”

Watch the video from Green Renaissance or read the reflection.

Found at A Network for Grateful Living.

Facing Up to the Chaos

It’s dangerous to face the darkness alone. “Today the idea is omnipresent that we must constantly forsake what is safe and move into the unknown, with all the chaos and demons we will meet there,” says Ron Rolhesier. But we should only do that if we are sure someone or something has its arms around us and is holding us.

Read the essay.

From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

I Have Time

Perhaps the antidote to rushing about in our lives is to stop and say, “I have time.” That simple pause and simple phrase allows us to be present to the moment rather than race to do something without giving it thought. Stopping and saying, “I have time” gives your nervous system a beak. It offers a moment of choice as to how you will proceed.

Read the essay.

From Daily Good.

Between Good & Evil: The Practice of Spiritual Discernment

The third and fourth century desert mothers and fathers gave up all their material goods to go into the desert and experience only God. But the desert was also known as the habitat of demons, so the mothers and fathers also went to slay the evil within. What was required was acute spiritual discernment between the voice of God and the voice of evil. Today we still seek that discernment. 

Read the essay by Br. David Vryhof.

From Society of St. John the Evangelist.

The Most Important Thing

By Julia Fehrenbacker

I am making a home inside myself. A shelter
of kindness where everything
is forgiven, everything allowed—a quiet patch
of sunlight to stretch out without hurry,
where all that has been banished
and buried is welcomed, spoken, listened to—released.

Read the rest of the poem.

Found at A Network for Grateful Living.

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