A Spiritual Journey by Wendell Berry

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.

(C) Wendell Berry

  • Tell the story of a spiritual journey you have taken. What happened? Why changed? What did you learn?

  • What do you understand by the poet’s phrase, “a journey of one inch,”? What does that one inch consist of? How is it different than a journey of miles?

  • Begin a poem with these words, “My spiritual journey…”