Gathered Wisdom, Mar 21, 2023

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

When we awaken and are able to recall who we are and to whom we belong, when we stand up and dust ourselves off and begin the journey home, God comes running to meet us.

Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
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The Way of Sabbath

Our five-week study of Sabbath wraps up this week. Abraham Heschel’s book The Sabbath has taught us a new way to celebrate the seventh day of the week. Rather than seeing the fourth commandment as a series of  do’s and don’t’s, we realize that God’s gift to us of Sabbath is an invitation to rest in the nearer presence of God as we will in eternity.

Find all the material on The Way of Sabbath at the Wisdom Years website.

The Seven Types of Rest Everyone Needs

Sleep and rest are not the same thing, says Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a physician and sleep researcher. She identifies seven types of rest we all need – including physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Read the excerpt from Dr. Dalton-Smith’s TED Talk.

Found in Daily Good.

Enter Spring,
Parker Palmer Muses on the Season

Before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck, says writer and teacher Parker Palmer. But in that mess are the conditions for rebirth. We often find that true in our own lives – what looks like it is totally dead and decaying actually holds the material from which new life comes.

Read the reflection.

Found at Fetzer Institute.

The Humility to Be Taught

Richard Rohr finds that Paul’s young disciple, Timothy, has a ”teachable spirit.” Timothy, says Rohr, possesses an “enduring sense of openness and humility that does not close down by reason of failure, facts, or cynical old age.” 

Read the reflection.

From the Center for Action and Contemplation.

A Turtle’s Silver Bead Of Quietude

Turtles survive winter by digging into the mud at the bottom of the pond. There they actually stop breathing. They live believing, – even if they can’t name it – that the world will one day warm again and welcome them into its sunlight.

Read the reflection.

From Awakin.

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