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BY Alexandra Elle January 18, 2016

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.

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BY Trent Gilliss December 25, 2015

On this Christmas day, read Dr. King's final Christmas sermon from 1967 — a prescient reminder of our interconnected world in 2015, with neighbors living halfway around the world and in our backyard today.

BY Trent Gilliss December 24, 2015

Listen to this enchanting rendition of a holiday classic, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, read by celebrated writer Neil Gaiman in the way Dickens intended.

BY Omid Safi December 24, 2015

Christians and Muslims are celebrating the births of Muhammad and Jesus on back-to-back days. Omid Safi reflects on these beautiful adjacencies and what the unity of these two traditions can teach us about opening our hearts, minds, and homes to those seeking physical or spiritual refuge.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 23, 2015

Remembering a passage from the Christmas services of his childhood, Parker Palmer finds counsel for living an honest and genuine life. We must, he says, allow the good words we speak to become incarnate in our actions.

BY Holly Haworth December 22, 2015

For winter solstice, one woman's fear of losing time — and then learning to find and treasure the light in long, dark moments. Murmurations for the night.

BY Trent Gilliss December 22, 2015

With 2015 drawing to a close, our Letter from Loring Park features stirring essays and homespun music focusing on the true importance of Advent, the celebration of Rumi, and reimagining the icons and traditions of our popular culture.

BY Mihee Kim-Kort December 22, 2015

A young mother of twins returns to the comfort of the kitchen and cooking rice as she remembers learning from her own mother as a child, and revels in the unique tension between her desire for order and the joyful chaos that her children bring.

BY Marie Sambilay December 21, 2015

As these days of anticipation of Christmas draw closer, a creative reimagining of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Bipolar Explorer for your listening pleasure.

BY Cody Maynus December 21, 2015

Advent is not a season for the triumphant, but the broken. An oblate-in-training on celebrating the sacred season walking and worshiping in silence with Benedictine nuns.

BY Sharon Salzberg December 21, 2015

Recalling the harrowing experience of one of her students, Sharon Salzberg considers the Buddha's teachings on practicing intentional lovingkindness, and its power to heal both from without and within.

BY Rachel Faith December 20, 2015

The ritual of lighting luminaria on Christmas Eve in New Mexico inspires this reflection on grief and waiting for the light.

BY Marguerite Theophil December 20, 2015

Through the eyes of a young Iranian refugee in Mumbai, an Indian philosopher and educator reconnects the Christmas story to the spirit of Advent.

BY Mike Kim December 19, 2015

A Dominican friar-turned-soldier reflects on the essential role he's discovered as a "combat shaman" — and how his work of spiritual growth and guidance continues from the pulpit to the ranks.

BY Courtney E. Martin December 18, 2015

2016 is around the corner. What’s the question you’re putting to bed and what’s the one that’s just being born within you at this transitional time of year?

BY Chris Martin December 17, 2015

A father's poetic awe at his elemental connection with his son, and the thrill he feels in witnessing this miracle of new life.

BY Omid Safi December 17, 2015

More than 800 years later, the great Sufi mystic Rumi continues to influence millions. Omid Safi marvels at the unifying and ripening power of Rumi's wisdom and grace through his poetry and his presence.

BY Rahim Snow December 16, 2015

As excitement abounds for the latest Star Wars film, one wonders about the hold that these stories have on us. More than pop culture, these films and characters are part of our modern-day mythologies, reflecting the conflicts that we face every day and helping us to understand ourselves.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 16, 2015

Through the story of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, a ballad and some thoughts on holding despair and human possibility.

BY Trent Gilliss December 15, 2015

A dispatch from Austria as our team interview Br. David Steindl-Rast in the Alpine setting of St. Gilgen, a contemplation on the quiet character of Advent, and reminders for us to continue seeking light where we can as Hanukkah comes to a close.

BY Claire Hitchins December 15, 2015

Paradox runs through the season of Advent weaving together transcendence in imminence, power in vulnerability, kairos in chronos, the ultimate in the intimate. A set of homespun songs for this mysterious season of waiting.

BY Sharon Salzberg December 14, 2015

Actions stem from deep roots within, but how much attention do we give this inner space? A reminder that while nothing can be accomplished without action, actions in turn are made by the intentions that fuel them.

BY Jane Gross December 13, 2015

In this culture of independence, the compassion of strangers can be surprising. After an unexpected fainting spell, our columnist finds that selflessness still abounds around us — even in the hearts of her fellow New Yorkers.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 13, 2015

For the final night of Hanukkah, a poem brought on by Allen Ginsberg.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 12, 2015

The penultimate night celebrates getting older and the embers within.

BY Gary Nelson December 12, 2015

Familiar items are strangely comforting throughout life, much less in difficult times. A gay man discovers himself through his ongoing relationship with a Renoir painting.

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