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Being around people can be an anxious experience, if not draining experience, for many. But, how can we manage that trepidation and move forward? Alexandra Elle reflects on having the courage to show up and interact when it feels next to impossible.
On the Blog
When the crush of a beige cubicle and endless meetings deaden creative impulses, a newborn baby girl prompts an explosion of creativity — and the celebratory, enthusiastic person the author's dream job had taken away.
Fortified by forward-looking Muslim leaders and thinkers in the United States, a Jewish man seeks to "hear truth from whatever source it comes" even, and perhaps especially, those with whom he may never see eye-to-eye with about faith itself.
With a vivid retelling of a story from the sage poet Rumi, Omid Safi on the wisdom of chickpeas and going from a state of hardness to one of softness — and being on fire.
Father's Day is just around the corner in the U.S. Parker Palmer shares some of his dad's most humorous gems and a poem by Dana Gioia to celebrate all the men in our lives.
Gandhi once said, “To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” And, gardening, our author says, can be a precise mirror for the soul. A story of friendship, vigil, and tending and depending upon the Earth from the bucolic fields of the Italian countryside.
From being spiritually bold to praising softness, perspectives on exploring life from inside and out.
To be faithful and to practice faith in the Buddhist sense of the word, one must walk a path of doubt — one of honest questioning and active investigating. An enlightening column from Sharon Salzberg.
With an unexpected, unfolding kinship with her horse, a yoga instructor finds a path to revealing — and healing — old wounds. An arresting essay on the wondrous beauty of relationship.
Compartmentalizing can be a useful tool — whether dealing with the empty voids of our working lives, or the prolonged absence from the ones you love — in making it possible to live a whole life.
A metaphorically rich reminder that the "hard" values we so often revere and strive for in this modern world often supplant the necessary gentleness required to cultivate relationships, understanding, and love of one another.
In remembering a great civil rights leader not many know of, Parker Palmer shares a story about a man of few words.
Who was Vincent Harding? A story of an encounter that happened but was never realized as one man focused on success while ignoring the outstretched hand of a quiet legend.
So often in the West we believe that the most genius works of art are created with suffering and torment. But, the Dalai Lama might say happiness is the foundation of great creativity of all kinds.
A collection of what we're reading and publishing — from Lord of the Rings and love to Springsteen's tribute to Townsend!
How can we encourage our children (and ourselves) to work hard at mastering skills that evade us? Courtney Martin on delaying judgment, giving time to develop grit and resilience, and flailing at those things we're not naturally good at.
A viral post showing images inside the sacred site in Mecca inspired awe and adoration from Muslims around the world, and controversy. But Omid Safi finds power in the revelation of the center, the heart of the Ka'ba, and an opportunity to turn inward to the beloved.
With Gerard Manley Hopkins as his guide, Parker reflects on the sacredness and beauty of life and difference.
A small-town Quaker meeting inspires a meditation on the collective human silence, and the communion that brings points of orientation in a disorienting world.
With a mix of banjos and bedlam, a review of on what we're reading, writing, and printing this week — all good for the sharing.
With news reports swirling about the fallibility of structures, the Buddha's teachings on volition point us to the crucial importance of our own intentions, the responsibility in our actions, and therefore for our own freedom. An outlook on a way forward to our own accountability.
Rather than grieve for the loss of “normalcy,” a mother of a child with refractory seizure disorder chooses to exult in her being exactly the way she is. Weaving in the Four Noble Truths, she marvels at the gifts of intimacy, false notions of power and control, and the hope and humor that follows.
A mother reflects on curating an updated library of children's literature for her daughter to read — one that speaks to "the full spectrum of brown and black folks to mitigate the future onslaught of ubiquitous whiteness" and people she could imagine being.
A powerful lesson on the allure of the ego and the mystery of love expressed through the mythology of the Lord of the Rings and the poetry of Rumi.
Inspired by the words and actions of Thich Nhat Hanh, Parker Palmer asks what it means to hold our differences in ways that open us to possibilities we never would have imagined.