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BY February 7, 2017

A writer turns away from what’s toxic on social media and chooses self-care in this cultural moment.

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BY August 12, 2016

One of the hibakusha, the survivors of Hiroshima, reflects on life after the bombing in frank words: to honor the lives destroyed, and hope that her experience with death imparts a lesson about the preciousness of life.

BY August 11, 2016

The strength of spirituality lies in the just action it inspires. Omid Safi points to faith as inextricable from the work of bringing about a community of equity and love.

BY August 10, 2016

Is a life made, or grown? A contemplation from Parker Palmer and Marge Piercy on the quiet, joyful work of tending to ourselves as wild, flourishing thickets of life.

BY August 9, 2016

Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.

BY August 9, 2016

With the metaphor of the humble onion as her guide, Naomi Shihab Nye pens a poem in praise of all the small forgotten miracles of everyday life.

BY August 8, 2016

Two celebrated astronomers from the Vatican Observatory on the joy of discovery and delighting in what we don’t know. Listen to this podcast from Becoming Wise.

BY August 5, 2016

Athleticism can pay off with glory and spectacle, but it’s also a daily ritual, a crucible for character. Theologian Don C. Richter explores the the spiritual underpinnings of the discipline of sport.

BY August 3, 2016

An invocation for gratitude — for the open spaces around us, for the quiet resilience of nature, and for the power of vulnerability to open us to new possibilities.

BY August 2, 2016

A dispatch from across the pond on frank and generous response to difficult questions, and hovering in a magical, suspended moment.

BY August 2, 2016

The late historian Vincent Harding explores the potent and challenging spirituality shared by two fathers of the movement for civil rights.

BY August 1, 2016

“When I’m running, I’m in my body, with all of its limitations but with all of its capabilities at the same time.” Mike Stavlund wrote “A Force of Will” about the death of his four-month-old son. “Running became a metaphor for my life,” Mike says.

BY August 1, 2016

On the Becoming Wise podcast, feminist playwright Eve Ensler speaks of the affirming physicality of our bodies, and of finding true contentment in the lives we already lead.

BY July 29, 2016

We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in our history. What kind of path will we choose to forge ahead? john powell calls us to reform old narratives of oppression, violence, and exclusion into something hopeful and new.

BY July 28, 2016

Skin remembers how long the years grow when skin is not touched, a gray tunnel of singleness, feather lost from…

BY July 28, 2016

In the face of fear and hatred, it’s easy to be a mirror but harder still to hold fast to love and tenderness. Omid Safi calls for a more gritty, luminous love that manifests justice.

BY July 27, 2016

Parker Palmer offers up a remedy for feeling adrift: embracing surprise, and taking on sense of reverence to mystery.

BY July 26, 2016

The tension we’re living through requires our sincerest attention, but we must also nurture our relationships with joy. Trent Gilliss offers hopeful words on fostering communities of humility and understanding, with love and laughter at their center.

BY July 26, 2016

It is a privilege to feel that this is a time of unusual turmoil. Sarah Smarsh points at our responsibility in this revelatory moment: not just to look at the injustice we live amidst, but to act on what we see.

BY July 25, 2016

“If you watched me run, you wouldn’t think I was sitting or thinking about sitting.” Justin Whitaker is a writer, a ChiRunner, and a Buddhist. For Justin, running is a part of his spiritual practice.

BY July 25, 2016

From Becoming Wise, New Monastic Shane Claiborne speaks of bridging the gap between the structures we are raised in and the human needs around us.

BY July 23, 2016

We can begin to understand each other by asking the right questions — and listening to the stories we receive in turn. Lori Lakin Hutchinson sheds frank and essential light on the reality of racism in America.

BY July 22, 2016

The final days of expectation can bring surprising clarity. Courtney Martin pauses in this suspended space, and marvels at the end of the wait for new life, in all its gritty wonder.

Activists walk through the crowd near the Quicken Loans Arena during the 2016 Republican National Convention July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
BY July 21, 2016

Drawing on the walking undead from Game of Thrones, Omid Safi comments on the stubborn disease of white supremacy, and on resisting its spread with the resilience of kinship and kindness.

BY July 20, 2016

Can we be more generous in understanding those who are different from us? Parker Palmer recounts lessons learned over a lifetime on our true proximity and kinship with “the other.”

BY July 19, 2016

Our days have been marked by pain and gaps in understanding. The enduring presence of kindness, mercy, poise, and the beauty of music provide guidance in harrowing times.

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