Gathered Wisdom, Aug 30

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

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

From Well for the Journey

Out of the Head, Into the Heart: The Way of the Human Being

The Unangan (Aleut) people find their instructions for living not from their heads but from their hearts. Unangan Elders, says Ilarion Merculieff, “know that even more important than a scientific understanding of how the world works is a spiritual understanding of human limits and our proper place within the web of creation.”

Read the essay.

Found in Daily Good.

A Sheep Lost and Found

The sheep was just eating grass and then he suddenly realized he was all alone. He cried, and the shepherd discovered that one was missing and went in search of it. That’s what God is like, says Howard Thurman in a 1951 sermon.  That’s what it is like when we lose our community.

Read the sermon.

From the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Wonder Increases As Speed Decreases

The more we slow down, the more we see. “As we cover less ground, we uncover more; as we narrow the field of view, our horizons expand.,” says David Haskell. He spent a year watching one square meter of forest and discovered in it more life than he could ever have imagined.

Read the reflection.

From Awakin.

One God, One Guidance System, and One Road for Us All

God has a larger perspective than we do, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser. We are concerned about all the people who don’t believe in God or don’t go to church, or have no faith. God is not worried. God has the big view. We are headed in the same direction.

Read the reflection.

From Fr. Ron Rolheiser.

Pilgrims Journeying Within
starts online Sept 8

A pilgrim, says Mark Nepo, is one who journeys and is transformed by the journey. In the last third of our lives,  the journey we take is one of coming to ourselves – stripped down, unencumbered, gently guided by God’s spirit through the blessings and burdens of this time.

We will journey together in the next online offering from The Wisdom Years as we gather weekly on Zoom. Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner will be our guide book. For details and to indicate your interest, visit our website at Or just send an email to Marjorie George at  

Gathered Wisdom is an offering of The Wisdom Years, a ministry devoted to the spiritual journey of the last third of our lives.

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