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By Parker J. Palmer April 08, 2015

We all want to be of service, to be needed and of use to others and to ourselves. Parker Palmer tells the playful story of a neighbor who takes this to an extreme.

By Esther Cohen April 07, 2015

What do we mean when we use the word freedom? Matthew Septimus and Esther Cohen celebrate the many Haggadah possibilities with a poem and a picture.

By Trent Gilliss April 07, 2015

Points of beauty and perspective to mark the holy week, including a stirring rendition of Blake's "Jerusalem," a favorite essay on the woman at the heart of Easter Sunday, musings on yoga spirituality for atheists, the opposite of shame, the need for gentleness, the insights of dependence, and the adventure of being born baffled.

By Esther Cohen April 06, 2015

Holidays like Passover create occasions for encounter, however strange they may be. And those encounters may lead to friendships that create new possibilities.

By Joan White April 06, 2015

A practicing Zen Buddhist pens an ode to the late poet Galway Kinnell by drawing on tradition and the art of the back-handed compliment.

By Esther Cohen April 05, 2015

For this third day of Passover, Matthew Septimus and Esther Cohen celebrate the many possibilities with a poem and a picture.

By Sharon Salzberg April 05, 2015

Mindfulness and meditation are becoming pop culture buzzwords. But it isn’t just about hearing, seeing, or observing a particular feeling; it’s about doing so in a certain way — with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Our columnist Sharon Salzberg walks us through the deeper case for mindful attention.

By Esther Cohen April 04, 2015

What if we overcame our tribal impulses and told stories that grew our imagination as a people?

By Esther Cohen April 03, 2015

Passover is a holiday with thousands and thousands of Haggadah possibilities. A poet and a photographer celebrate, each year, with a poem, and a picture.

By Courtney E. Martin April 03, 2015

Forgiving yourself for your stupid mistakes can be really difficult. By doing so, though, Courtney Martin argues that you will not only honor those who love you deeply and you will stop beating yourself up in the process.

By Omid Safi April 02, 2015

Who you're going to be and what you're going to become takes time. But, nowadays, getting educated has an extraordinary set of expectations for students. Omid Safi reminds us that students need to be gentle with themselves as they discover what it means to be a human being and not just a human doing.

By Parker J. Palmer April 01, 2015

We are born baffled. Acknowledging this can be key to becoming a writer or a person who seeks to understand the world around you better. Parker Palmer muses on a writing life and distills his experience into three principles of living deeply and richly within this world.

By Jane Reed March 31, 2015

Though we are taught to forgive from childhood, it is not always so easy to do. A daughter reflects on the burden of her father's perfectionism, the freedom of forgiveness, and the gifts of imperfection.

By Trent Gilliss March 30, 2015

Morsels to savor — all in one digest — on wonder and beauty, brokenness and healing, musicals and parenting. Get caught up in a few minutes!

By Kelly Witchen March 29, 2015

Exhausted and frazzled, we must look to the skies and draw on the wisdom of winged nature to rediscover a resilience in community and a reliance on one another. Sometimes it's not about leading, but drafting. With the insights of Rilke, a post on beauty in limitation, wisdom in rest, and resilience in dependence.

By Melani McAlister March 28, 2015

To do yoga in America today is to make a statement. Melani McAlister unpacks what "yoga spirituality" might mean for an atheist and how her "embrace of reality" might flow from the practice of yoga.

By Courtney E. Martin March 27, 2015

When we get too attached to habits, we risk losing our sense of wonder and our potential for catalytic experience. Courtney Martin's encouragement for the job of being alive: “May I see what I do. May I do it differently. May I make this a way of life.”

By Omid Safi March 26, 2015

A story from Rumi's masterpiece Masnavi illuminates the paths we all travel from brokenness to healing, from spiritually feeling worthless and cut off to being wholehearted. In the wisdom of the saints, Omid Safi reveals the goal of the spiritual path: not reaching divinity, but achieving full humanity.

By Parker J. Palmer March 25, 2015

How do we celebrate our diminishment as we age? We look for beauty in "that which the world rejects as ugly."

By Lenna Liu March 24, 2015

Our children's relationship with food builds off their relationship with themselves. A Seattle pediatrician "awakens" to another approach to caring for children and families struggling with obesity by diving into her own mindfulness and meditation.

By Trent Gilliss March 23, 2015

This week has been a whirlwind of travel and ideas on social justice, life's unveiling, being vulnerabilities and memory. A recap of what you need to read.

By Gretchen VanEsselstyn March 22, 2015

For so many of us, trying to find the time and the space to find quiet and focus inward. A Brooklyn writer discovers the gift of meditative moments while doing good by donating blood and platelets.

By Norman Allen March 21, 2015

Most of us chant tunes from the classic musical, but have you considered the spiritual lessons that the movie offers?

By Omid Safi March 20, 2015

The spring festival of Nowruz and an invitation from the First Lady allow our columnist to see the White House as “the people’s house” and a place that honors the diversity — and promise — of America.

By Courtney E. Martin March 20, 2015

In an Internet age, we create highly curated versions of ourselves. But how do we reflect the full spectrum of our own humanity and not a collection of status updates?

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