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BY Jennifer Michael Hecht September 27, 2016

To embrace life despite the truth of suffering is an audacious act. Jennifer Michael Hecht guides us through Albert Camus on the myth of Sisyphus, as a reassuringly contrary argument for life over death.

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BY Wendell Berry August 23, 2016

Wendell Berry reads his poem, a celebration of human complexity, and the rich truth that emerges in moving against the grain.

BY John O'Donohue August 22, 2016

A benediction from the late, beloved John O'Donohue, for the consoling embrace of steadiness and clarity in our most difficult moments.

BY Elizabeth Alexander August 20, 2016

An ode from Elizabeth Alexander to the spaces words fill between us, and to the path they light forward to a transcendent and unifying love.

BY Casper ter Kuile & Angie Thurston August 19, 2016

Our culture has a profound discomfort with walking openly through grief. An exploration of the healing power of companionship and openness after loss — embodied in groundbreaking gatherings for millennials longing to heal together.

BY Riccardo Gazzaniga August 18, 2016

An Italian writer pays tribute to the story of the little-known Australian sprinter who was on the podium that day in 1968 in Mexico City for the Olympic medals ceremony. A closer look at an iconic public stand for human rights reveals a heartening, surprising story of alliance and brotherhood.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 17, 2016

Parker Palmer shares the poetry of a president: a testament to the healing power of words, and embracing the shadow and light within.

BY Trent Gilliss August 16, 2016

From the inspiration and discipline we learn from sport to opening up to the experience of strangers, a digest of interesting writings on the ways we evolve together: physically, spiritually, and creatively.

BY Krista Tippett August 16, 2016

For legendary civil rights leader John Lewis, the most powerful path to the beloved community is to live as if it were already our reality. Listen to his conversation with Krista from our podcast Becoming Wise.

BY Sharon Salzberg August 15, 2016

In an anxiety-fueled society, how can we muster the courage to deal head-on with negative emotions? Sharon Salzberg counsels wise action in the face of fear, and mettle in the face of hopelessness.

BY Sarah Smarsh August 13, 2016

The challenges we fret over as adults are often simple in the eyes of our children. Sarah Smarsh offers an antidote to the vitriol of our politics — through viral videos that illustrate the wisdom of children.

BY Hideko Tamura Snider 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 Omid Safi 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 Parker J. Palmer 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 Trent Gilliss August 09, 2016

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

BY Naomi Shihab Nye August 09, 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 Krista Tippett August 08, 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 Trent Gilliss August 06, 2016

How would we treat people differently if we could hear what they hear, see what they see, feel what they feel? A video from the Cleveland Clinic encourages us to reimagine the people and spaces around us to foster deeper connection and well being.

BY Don C. Richter August 05, 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 Parker J. Palmer August 03, 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 Trent Gilliss August 02, 2016

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

BY Vincent Harding August 02, 2016

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

BY Lily Percy August 01, 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 Krista Tippett August 01, 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 john a. powell 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 Omid Safi 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.