Category Archives: Wisdom

What Discernment Means


“Sometimes genuine discernment is wrongly seen as a mental decision about what is good followed by an act of will to carry out that good. I would say, rather, that discernment is the awareness of centered or not-centered energy in the organism…This awareness comes from an accumulated awareness of who we fully and genuinely are. It is knowing where our center – and hence our life – resides, as well as where it does not…As life builds up more and more sense of our total selves, more and more inclusion of body, mind, and emotion in our self-experience, it becomes less and less possible for us to choose against ourselves,….Discernment well made – that is, experience well known – makes choice natural, even easy. Choice is that decision either to retain boundaries of judgment manifested by blocked body energies or to risk letting in everything we are…In doing so we abandon predictions of how life will turn out, judgments of what is good or bad, assessments of what does or doesn’t fit. We simply live from our center.”

Suzanne Zuercher
Benedictine Sister


He will do the rest

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What we do is very little. But it is like the little boy with a few loaves and fishes. Christ took that little and increased it. He will do the rest. What we do is so little that we may seem to be constantly failing. But so did he fail. He met with apparent failure on the Cross. But unless the seeds fall into the earth and die, there is no harvest.

-Dorothy Day


Beauty is always here, waiting to be discovered. The secret to happiness is to find it everywhere, in everyone.

Anam Cara

Recently I have been reading John O’Donohue’s gentle book of Celtic wisdom entitled, Anam Cara.  O’Donohue is a native Irishman and a Catholic scholar.  Throughout his book, O’Donohue refers to the mystical teachings of Meister Eckhart, who observed that most often we focus our attention on what to do rather than how to be.  Since understanding the beauty of being is at the center of my inquiry right now, I found great comfort while reading that.

What is your naked truth?

“A life truly lived constantly burns away veils of illusion, burns away what is no longer relevant, gradually reveals our essence, until at last, we are strong enough to stand in our naked truth.”  Marion Woodman

Just as this beautiful painting by Gauguin was attacked last year at the National Gallery of Art, when we stand in our naked truth, we will be attacked by some.  That is why we must be fierce in our humanity.

Why am I thankful for a parking ticket?

I went to visit my friend in the city today.  I was lucky enough to find a parking spot right in front of her home.  As I turned off the car, I decided to use the parking brake because I was on a hill.  When I stepped onto the curb, I thought about the fact that I should have turned the wheels.  Nevertheless, I didn’t go back to my car to turn my wheels away from the curb.

I got a ticket for $50 because I didn’t listen to that quiet voice.  Seems like a small amount to pay to be reminded of the value of heeding inner wisdom.

Are we listening?

Katy Payne writes about her studies of African elephants in her book Silent Thunder.  She describes how sometimes the entire herd stops and listens for extended periods of time.

Are we listening?  Imagine if we, like they, practiced collective listening…

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