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By Trent Gilliss March 09, 2015

From spectacular images of Holi to supporting an artist that's meant so much to us, this week's capsule shares some of our best work — and those of others.

By Marty Kaplan March 07, 2015

Experiencing the ineffable is a winding path, a journey with as many pivots and tacks as straight lines. And sometimes you find your course in a dentist's chair, contemplating why the this matters and realizing you just need to show up.

By Courtney E. Martin March 06, 2015

Part of becoming an adult is learning how to lower your expectations. But parenting a toddler brings different gifts — of rediscovering discovery, reuniting with awe, and finding where the mundane becomes miraculous.

By Omid Safi March 05, 2015

So much can terrify us in the world today. Fear is a natural response. But the path of love, Omid Safi writes, is not the absence of fear but a notion made possible through vulnerability.

By Parker J. Palmer March 04, 2015

Parker Palmer shares one of his favorite stories about the Dalai Lama and a poem from Stephen Levine on the majesty of humor and love.

By Trent Gilliss March 02, 2015

A look at some of the best pieces of the week, including nature at work, saying no, and expressions of men and grief.

By Michael Fryer March 01, 2015

There are people holding out on the toughest frontiers of existence, surrounded by misery, yet sustained by beauty. A thoughtful essay that meditates on the question: How can we be more alive to the presence of beauty and transcend conflict?

By Trent Gilliss February 28, 2015

An illustration of contemplative practices showing the breadth of meditation and mindfulness within traditions. It certainly opens up one's understanding about how these disciplines take root and manifest themselves in our lives, non?

By Courtney E. Martin February 27, 2015

When yes is overused it takes what should be a whole-hearted gift and turns it into an anxiety-producing check box. Courtney Martin's argument for saying "no" gracefully and learning to measure life in acts of unhurried love.

By Omid Safi February 26, 2015

We crave community and intimacy. But, are we looking for it in the wrong places — in our phones and mobile devices rather than in each others' eyes? With Rumi as his guide, Omid Safi on needing less digital connection and more rejuvenation of heart and soul.

By Parker J. Palmer February 25, 2015

Aided by Hafiz, Parker Palmer reminds us that the inner life does not have to be a somber one, but a life rich with experience.

By Mariah Helgeson February 24, 2015

How is the way we live online changing the way we court, the way we love, the way we marry? Helen Fisher's "Singles in America" study offers some curious insights into the trials and tribulations of modern love.

By Trent Gilliss February 23, 2015

Some of the best things of the week: on quiet nobility, thin places, the fist of fate, severed friendships, and Malcolm X.

By Zubin Mistri February 22, 2015

The memory of a father weeping reminds a son how men often don't tend to grief well. But, by sharing emotions, fathers may be a key in helping boys grow into stronger, more compassionate human beings.

By Omid Safi February 21, 2015

Today marks 50 years since Malcolm X’s assassination in 1965. A call to see the relevance of Malcolm’s fierce, radical critique and draw inspiration for today's world.

By Courtney E. Martin February 20, 2015

Closure may not be all it's cracked up to be. Courtney Martin on the death of a friendship and the insatiable, sometimes unsatisfying, need to create silver linings where none exist.

By Emily Jacobi February 19, 2015

Our greetings matter as much as our answers. What happens when we intentionally bring our hearts to the forefront of our interactions? What happens if we take a page from the Tzoltzil Mayans and ask one another “How is your heart?”

By Parker J. Palmer February 18, 2015

We are told to embrace the fact that death is part of life. Embracing emotional honesty, Parker Palmer shakes his salty fist at fate's inevitable hand with a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

By Krista Tippett February 17, 2015

With so much media coverage of the violence and mayhem and murders, how do we shine a light on the people living lives of quiet nobility who are doing good in the world before they are extinguished?

By Selena Carlson February 16, 2015

Join us at 7:00 pm tonight for a live video stream of Krista's conversation with Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus fame. We'll be taking your questions online too!

By Trent Gilliss February 16, 2015

A potpourri of thinking on joy, letting suffering speak, writing poetry, and the wisdom of children — as curated by Trent Gilliss.

By Mariah Helgeson February 16, 2015

The highly acclaimed and beloved poet Mary Oliver reads her four-part poem, "The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac," — a poem in which she explores death, purpose, and the call to live after being diagnosed with lung cancer several years ago.

By Anastasia Hacopian February 15, 2015

When age and experience dwindle our capacity for wonder, the books of our childhood may be our salvation and our "thin places" where the boundary between the material and the magical opens ourselves to wonder all over again.

By Sisonke Msimang February 13, 2015

Children ask questions that challenge the best of parents. They also expose the weaknesses of our responses. A set of reflections from a black South African mother and activist who is confronted by the truth of her daughter's words and embracing the "weirdness" of their "dark brown and peach" family.

By Omid Safi February 12, 2015

The killing of three college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has shaken the Muslim community to its core. Omid Safi remembers the extraordinary human beings we lost and the pain that may lead to a new civil rights movement.

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