“The Inner life of any great thing will be incomprehensible to me until I develop and deepen an inner life of my own.”

Parker J. Palmer, founder and Sr. Partner Emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal

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As a child I did not enjoy reading. Books with big words were the worst and having to “look them up” in the 20-pound unabridged dictionary added to my displeasure. Not understanding the meaning of things and having to read aloud in school were sources of painful frustration and embarrassment.

Things shifted when I finished college and entered the working world. Learning suddenly became more relevant and purposeful, and I gobbled up new sources of information and knowledge to feed my appetite for professional development.

It took a bit longer for me to find my hunger for morsels of personal, emotional, and spiritual growth. If you told me years earlier, I’d be reading spiritual resources — and even poetry — on a daily basis, you would surely have seen my eyes roll.


How have you developed and deepened your own inner life? What inner work is calling you to continue on this path toward greater self-awareness and wisdom?