Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Physical Distancing as a Spiritual Practice

March 20, 2020

“May the deep blessings of earth be with us.
May the fathomless soundings of seas surge in our soul.
May boundless stretches of the universe echo in our depths
to open us to wonder
to strengthen us for love
to humble us with gratitude
that we may find ourselves in one another
that we may lose ourselves in gladness
that we give ourselves to peace.”

-John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth (Eerdmans: Michigan) 44.

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: The Regions of Kindness

March 23, 2020

‘Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.”

Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: The Unexpected Gifts of Patience

March 27, 2020

“To slow down is to be taken into the soul of things.”

-Terry Tempest Williams

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Honor and be Present to Stillness

March 30, 2020

“Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness.
This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.”

-Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Our Interconnectedness with all Creation

April 2, 2020

“There is no difference between
healing your body and healing the Earth
or helping another to heal.
It is all the same Body.
There is no difference between
healing Earth’s body and healing your own
or helping another to heal.
We are all the One Body.
Begin anywhere.
Begin with one tree, or a bird.
Begin with your own heart or skin, clean out your liver, clear your mind.
Begin with the growth of a child, your family’s food.
Then continue to include one small part of the time.
You will be healing the Whole.”

-Alla Renee Bozarth, The Book of Bliss

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Featuring Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

April 6, 2020

“Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people—it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others. Community does not necessarily mean living face-to-face with others; rather, it means never losing the awareness that we are connected to each other. It is not about the presence of other people—it is about being fully open to the reality of relationship, whether or not we are alone.”

-Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness, 55

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Awakening to Delight

April 16

“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite.
It actually takes guts.”

-Pema Chödrön

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Saying Yes to Hope

April 20, 2020

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”

-Anne Lamott

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Loving the Earth

April 22, 2020

“May I never not be frisky,
May I never not be risqué.
May my ashes, when you have them, friend,and give them to the ocean,
leap in the froth of the waves,
still loving movement,
still ready, beyond all else,
to dance for the world.”

-Mary Oliver

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Weathering the Storm Together

April 27, 2020

“While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.
The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown,
But how we will weather this unknown together.
So on this meaningful morn, we mourn and we mend.
Like light, we can’t be broken, even when we bend.”

-Amanda Gorman from The Miracle of Morning

Being a Compassionate Neighbor: Be An Astonishing Light

April 30, 2020

“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”

-Gwendolyn Brooks

Being Bearers of Hope: Welcoming the Present Moment

May 4, 2020

“We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have, and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing… we are kept in perpetual unrest: forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in, the fundamental verb, to Be.”

-Evelyn Underhill

Being Bearers of Hope: Open Your Eyes To The Beauty Around You

May 7, 2020

“Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself.”

-Maya Angelou

Being Bearers of Hope: Dwell in the Spirit of Yes

May 12, 2020

“For all that has been,
Thank you.
For all that is to come,
Yes!”
-Dag Hammarskjold

Being Bearers of Hope: Bravely Going To The Places That Scare You

May 14, 2020

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
-Brené Brown

Being Bearers of Hope: Margaret Wheatley Shares Two Peaceful Practices

May 18, 2020

“When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.”
–Margaret J. Wheatley

Being Bearers of Hope: Opening Our Hearts to Compassionate Presence

May 21, 2020

“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
-Henri J.M. Nouwen

Being Bearers of Hope: The Breath of Love and Transformation

June 11, 2020

“Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered. We must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil.”
-adrienne maree brown

A Message from Barbara Lund, Wisdom Ways Director

June 19, 2020

“If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough”
-Meister Eckhart

Being Bearers of Hope: Celebrating Pride

June 28, 2020

“The flag is an action – it’s more than just the cloth and the stripes. When a person puts the Rainbow Flag on his car or his house, they’re not just flying a flag. They’re taking action.”
-Gilbert Baker, Designer of the Rainbow Flag

Being Bearers of Hope: On Becoming and Belonging

July 2, 2020

“Home is really about where you can be who you are.”
-Agnes Biswalo, participant in the Wisdom Ways
“Exploring Home Conversations” (2016)

Being Bearers of Hope: Conversations for a Better World

July 9, 2020

“When the ear receives subtly; it turns into an eye.
But if words do not reach the ear in the chest, nothing happens.”
– Rumi, from When Things Are Heard

Being Bearers of Hope: Maintaining Our Capacity for Laughter

July 23, 2020

 “Laughter is carbonated holiness. . . . You laugh and you feel as if someone better (someone stronger), has entered you, taken ahold of your arms, legs, and heart and is helping you walk on this path called ‘life’ just a little happier.”
– Anne Lamott

Being Bearers of Hope: Lean Into Your Questions

July 30, 2020

“Have I lived enough?
Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?
Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured loneliness with grace?”
-Mary Oliver, from “The Gardener”