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After arriving in the U.S. in the 1930s, Albert Einstein witnessed the inequities and injustices done to black Americans. Read his little-known essay from 1946 about the "deeply entrenched evil" as he saw it then, and that pervades this country today.
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A gift of verse as we reach the close of the season of Ramadan — testaments to the comfort of faith across a lifetime, from the safety of home to the surprising kinship of a stranger.
In our latest Becoming Wise podcast, wanderer and writer Pico Iyer tells of a lifetime of discovering outer stillness as an essential catalyst to a rich inner life.
“My love for running started with me running towards my mom.” Mallary Tenore's mother introduced her to one of the defining practices in her life: running — which has been equal parts destructive, spiritual, and healing.
In journalism and in life, a generous understanding of people's stories is crucial. Courtney Martin with more questions and counsel for imagining each other in all our complexity.
The Sufi tradition is infused with the beauty of art and song. Honoring singer Amjad Sabri, Omid Safi celebrates and gives thanks for the spiritual gift of the qawwali devotional.
The enduring beauty of nature can be a comfort, but sometimes our pain needs a more empathetic salve. Parker Palmer turns to the unique, healing power of language in times of darkness and hardship.
Do we need others to see ourselves clearly? Curated reads on our need for empathy, and its power to unearth and reconcile what's hidden within.
In the aftermath of Brexit, a man remembers that we have a limitless capacity for amazement even when we should be more fearful. When those times come, remember rain.
From our Becoming Wise podcast, mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn on the physiological and spiritual potential of being present to every moment of daily life.
Change is forged in the crucibles of doubt and the unknown. Jim Marsden with an exploration of the arc of radical transformation, from heeding the call to finding a new center of gravity.
“Running challenges people to see me from a different perspective.” In the Sikh tradition there is a duty to “hone the spiritual body in the same way that we hone our spiritual selves.” Simran Jeet Singh holds that in his practice as a runner.
How do we avoid cliches and generalizations of entire groups of people? We must tell better stories and more of them by more people who deepen our understanding of the nuances rather than reducing them to a single narrative.
Fueled by a Vietnamese Zen master's question, Omid Safi waxes lyrical on the many ways we need to be loved and need to love others in a time of turmoil and uncertainty.
It's easy to blame Donald Trump for the fear and anger in this election cycle; it's much harder to see the deep roots of prejudice in ourselves and in our culture. Parker Palmer seeks a political reckoning beyond the language "us" and "them," toward a language of shared responsibility.
In the wake of tragedy, how do we respond with resilience? How do we continue to love across boundaries?
In an information-saturated world, it's the power of poetry and art that helps us transcend a steady stream of depressing news reports and partisan diatribes and process just how badly we’re hurting as a country.
Unitarian-Universalist law enforcement chaplain Kate Braestrup tells the story of a police woman who embodies the both/and of love and new life, and crime and death.
“I cannot even begin to push myself to the extent that God can help me to push myself.” Christy Marvin is the mother of three boys and a mountain runner. She’s won 6 different Alaska mountain races. For Christy, running is a spiritual practice.
Often the most valuable lessons are fathers' teach us are the ones we didn't realize we were learning. A son of Korean immigrants expresses gratitude for a lifetime of tough-love education from his wartime father.
Omid Safi honors each life lost in Orlando — with a hard look at the realities we face, and an appeal to the urgency of compassion to heal our wounds.
Blame abounds in times of crisis, but this can be a destructive endeavor. Instead, Courtney Martin advocates for emotional generosity to ourselves and each other, and for holding ourselves accountable for bringing about a better reality.
Loss and trauma can cast us into uncertainty. Parker Palmer finds solace in the words of William Stafford, and wonders if being lost is the first step on a path to something better.
Writings on transcending social, psychological, and physical boundaries, and coming together in deeper connection with ourselves and each other.
Returning to the potter's wheel, Jane Gross shares learnings on embracing uncertainty and lack of control, in ceramics and in life.