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BY Jackson Culpepper February 01, 2016

Growing up with firearms provided life-long lessons on responsibility and discipline for many families. A man born and raised in a Southern hunting family reckons with the heritage of guns in his life and our our deeply held tendencies to trust in violence.

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BY Becky LeBlanc November 17, 2015

When the complexities of life challenge us, we find ourselves longing for simplicity. A poetic rumination on the desire to bolster belief with understanding.

BY Ananya Vajpeyi November 17, 2015

The daughter of the renowned Hindi poet Kailash Vajpeyi turns to ancient rivers and archaic rituals to find comfort in the uninterrupted thread running through her past, present, and future.

BY Sharon Salzberg November 16, 2015

The harmful cycle of guilt can devolve into cycles of self-hatred. Guiding words on the constructive work of remorse, which can be especially powerful when directed toward forgiving ourselves.

BY Chris Beaty November 16, 2015

A composer's song for the background noise of a family living room — a soundtrack for the ordinary work of cooking, cleaning, and growing up.

BY Omid Safi November 15, 2015

How should we receive the news from Paris? Omid Safi shares a few thoughts on the attacks after spending a day of silence.

BY Robert Inchausti November 14, 2015

Confronted with the separate, psychological worlds of our thoughts, Syd Banks' mysticism influenced a generation of psychiatrists and offers an alternative to the chaos of individual thoughts.

BY Trent Gilliss November 13, 2015

It's important to feel gratitude for the small things in life: moments of calm, the love we experience and witness, the qualities that make us and our children unique — and well-designed book covers! A collection of writings on how we can more wisely approach the highs and lows of the daily journey.

BY Courtney E. Martin November 13, 2015

Being a mother is an act of transformation and discovery. Courtney Martin examines the gifts of obliteration of motherhood, and the maternal love that rushes in as responsibility beckons.

BY Omid Safi November 12, 2015

There are many connections most of us do not see. Stories of hope about educating the "whole child" in North Carolina and a village in Afghanistan using pizza party donations and Rumi's poetry as a bridge.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 11, 2015

There are those people who know how to get ahead of the train wreck and those folks who are called to their senses after the collision has happened. But, catastrophe, too, can be a contemplative path if you choose to accept it.

BY Sherry K. Watt November 11, 2015

What if we acknowledged racism as a disease, and treated it accordingly? A cancer survivor asks and ponders the lessons she's learned from battling the illness as she watches recent events at the University of Missouri unfold.

BY Carina Devera November 10, 2015

A photo essay on the humbling privilege of climbing the highest mountain in the continental United States — and the value of persistence.

BY Mariah Helgeson November 09, 2015

Darwin's concept of "deep time" finds its musical expression in a piano arrangement by German composer Hauschka.

BY Sharon Salzberg November 09, 2015

We are genetically inclined to look for possible negative outcomes. But, does this survival mechanism serve us well in our time? Some helpful insights on not judging ourselves too harshly and creating a new sense of spaciousness within.

BY Brendan Tapley November 08, 2015

Whether to persevere or to surrender often determines the story of our lives. The question is knowing when to hang on and when to let go. A look at the common conundrum that results when life causes tension between two virtues.

BY Marie Sambilay November 07, 2015

The Philippine-Catholic ritual of pabasa reveals the power of song to reacquaint us with tradition, bridge superficial divides, and connect us through the kinship of our imperfections.

BY Courtney E. Martin November 06, 2015

To turn down an opportunity seems counterintuitive. But how can we transform an excess of asks into opportunities for other people to shine? A column on living the less-harried life that "keeps us weighted down with self-importance."

BY Trent Gilliss November 05, 2015

The paths we walk through life can be rife with obstacles, some small and others that seem unsurmountable. A few reminders we're not alone in our struggles, and that nurturing our connection with those around us can help us thrive in this complex world.

BY Omid Safi November 05, 2015

The ego must die in order for love to rise. Omid Safi with a praise song for the maturing face of love.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 04, 2015

What makes each child unique cannot be measured or scored. A nourishing story from a school principal on the "many ways of being smart" and testing children.

BY Trent Gilliss November 03, 2015

Watch the live video stream of Krista Tippett speaking about the mystery and art of living with poet Christian at Yale University's Battell Chapel on November 3rd!

BY Grace Villamil November 03, 2015

Many seek the unique freedom only found in nature's wide open spaces. A multimedia sculptor and photographer explores the roots of her artistic creations in her intimate connection with nature's “unknowable infinity.”

BY Sharon Salzberg November 02, 2015

Too often, we confuse love with attachment. Sharon Salzberg on striking a balance between needing and a generosity of the heart — for ourselves, for all beings, for life itself.

BY Lara Dotson-Renta November 01, 2015

An affirmation of presence, a victory of joy, a connection maintained: these are the things a young mother observes in her elderly next door neighbors, as a husband gently tends to his wife in her final days. A beautiful account of what love truly looks like.

BY Jane Gross November 01, 2015

Can the process of grieving go on too long? Especially when you write about it for a living? Jane Gross on her bout with understanding death's unsettled trajectory.

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