Iona Musings

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef Not I—not anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it yourself. ~Walt Whitman A slight wind sweeps over the rocky hill, a cool relief after my quick walk and brief climb. Shoes off, I lean back on the grassy spot I’ve claimed and look around […]

February 02, 2018 by Bryan Berghoef 1 Comment
Categories: Body Prayer, Nature and spirituality, and Pilgrimage. Tags: Iona. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

The Isle of Iona: Definitely a Special Place

Today’s post is by Leah Rampy “I’ve heard it called a ‘thin place,’” he told me. “I’m not sure that I believe that, so I want to see for myself.”  It sounded to my ears as if he’d laid down a challenge—to me, or the island, I wasn’t sure which. Coming from someone I respect, […]

November 11, 2017 by Leah Rampy
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, Pilgrimage, and Prayer. Tags: Iona and pilgrimage. Formats: Article and eNews Article. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Pilgrimage: The Way of the Heart

Article by Carole Crumley (in January 2017 eNews) This past month, it seems that everything in my life has been in motion. Trips to stores, shops, the post office have multiplied exponentially. Precious visits to family and friends have kept us on the road. Christmas scripture readings have magnified this sense of movement. A young […]

Nature Heals

Nature heals. Numerous articles have reported on research documenting various healing properties of nature. Those recovering from surgery heal faster and with fewer relapses when they see a tree instead of a brick wall from their hospital window. Residents in Toronto reported feeling better and having fewer health problems when there were more trees on their street. Gardeners were no doubt affirmed to hear that a strain of bacterium in the soil triggers the release of serotonin that in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Children who grow up on farms are less likely to develop asthma. The microbes in the soil beneath our feet contribute to our health by way of the foods we eat.

I find these studies fascinating; I love being reminded of the synergies of all living things. Still I wonder what more is possible.

A Challenge to Everyday Life

We are all traveling somewhere, whether we regularly find ourselves at the airport, on a path through some untamed wilderness, or at the kitchen table. Life’s journey moves us from one place to another, and we are the unwitting (and sometimes unwilling) passengers.

The Stones Will Cry Out – Reflecting on My Pilgrimage to Iona

The Stones Will Cry Out REFLECTING ON MY PILGRIMAGE TO IONA Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!” (Lk 19:39-40) A pilgrimage can effect a change of heart: though an outward journey, it […]

January 01, 2009 by John Madden
Categories: Pilgrimage. Tags: Iona. Formats: Article. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.