Gathered Wisdom, Jan 31, 2023

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

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.

-Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

Found at Well for the Journey

Reclaim Your Chicken

Writer Jon Bernie says that connectedness comes when we practice awareness without effort.  No trying, no doing, no defensiveness, no chicken with its head cut off.  Just gazing and seeing without resistance. “This is what it means to understand profoundly—not personally—what responsibility really is: the realization that we are interwoven with everything and everyone.”

Read the reflection.

From Awakin.

Crowd Solidarity

Sometimes, says Diana Butler Bass, our prideful knowledge of scripture keeps us from clearly hearing the truth of the biblical message. The crowd that heard Jesus utter the Beatitudes might have been far different from us and so heard those words in a far different way than we do.

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From The Cottage Sunday Musings.

The Unchosen One

What happens when a child actor is overlooked for the part of Anakin Skywalker for a Star Wars movie?  It depends on how you tell your story, says Devon Michael, who tells his own story in this Karma video.

Watch the video.

From Karmatube.

Unexpected Grace and Gratitude in Prison

Artist Brooke Rothshank went to Elkhart County Jail in Indiana to teach a class to the prisoners not knowing what to expect. But, she says, “When I left that first day I felt as if I had discovered a room full of goodness that was hidden away. I know these men made mistakes. I know I’ve made mistakes.  We didn’t know each other’s past, so all we could do was start right there in the present.”

Read the reflection.

From Grateful Living.

Today’s To-Do: Reach Out to an Older Relative

We often connect with the older adults in our lives only at family gatherings and holidays. But talking to older adults can be interesting and good for everyone. An article to pass on to your younger family and friends.

Read the short article.

From The Upside.

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