The Serenity prayer that has been at the depth of my soul ever since the first time I heard it:  God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Those of us who have tried to live this prayer know how difficult it can be.  On this eleventh day of Christmas, I know that wisdom, a gift of the Holy Spirit, has little to do with intellectual pursuits and all to do with a deep-down knowing that is not predicated on degrees or job experience. I recently read the book “The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart,” by Cynthia Bourgeault and highly recommend it.  What I liked about this book is the author’s challenge to “go deep.” She gives the reader a specific pathway toward the “examined life,” the only one worth living in my estimation. She outlines clearly that what we don’t lack is means – there are many ways up the mountain. What we do lack is the depth of understanding that can truly transform our lives. Going deep requires an intentional altruism often lost on our modern culture. Today I heard that the economy is slowly recovering despite so many people still out of work. Facing an uncertain future, perhaps we would do well to spend our time honing wisdom – the spiritual intelligence that we so often avoid or set aside. To see and listen to Cynthia, follow the link below:

http://youtu.be/KLGea7qQWBE