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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 Jane Gross April 19, 2016

Waiting for test results in a hospital can be a solitary event. And unexpectedly quiet in certain waiting rooms. Jane Gross on the silent solidarity of women forged while waiting for the results of their mammogram tests each year.

BY Paul Elie April 18, 2016

Pope Francis had an extraordinary week issuing a seminal document on love and family, travelling to a refugee "hot zone," and meeting Bernie Sanders in Rome. The common thread: the pope's willingness to accompany people where they're at and walk alongside humanity, whether it be a Syrian refugee or a U.S. presidential candidate.

BY Mitch Bogen April 16, 2016

Generations have worshipped him as the King of Folk, but Dylan's discomfort with the limelight reveals more than mere humility. An examination of the service-oriented theology in the lyrics of a lover of song.

BY Courtney E. Martin April 15, 2016

How do we navigate the fluid dynamics of sex, gender, and identity in our children when we are drawn to the comfort of binaries? Pregnant with her second child, our columnist wonders out loud about her own inclinations and attachments while raising children.

BY Omid Safi April 14, 2016

We so often highlight acts of hostility and hate, but we have a tougher time amplifying the good. Omid Safi appeals to our collective power to undermine hatred by elevating the good and the beautiful.

BY Parker J. Palmer April 13, 2016

Wisdom isn't exclusive to folks with more years under their belts. Parker Palmer invites older generations to celebrate the gifts of the young — energy, vision, and hope — and recognize the valuable knowledge contained within in every age.

BY Trent Gilliss April 12, 2016

Executive editor Trent Gilliss with reflections on the surprise of authorship, and offerings from other places where the tension makes life feel fullest.

BY Sarah Smarsh April 12, 2016

In this hyper-connected world, we lose a sense of the physical spaces crafted for ritual and coming together. Our new columnist Sarah Smarsh on the importance of built, sacred spaces in a secular world.

BY Julia Travers April 11, 2016

An offering for the literary yogis in our midst… the unexpectedly harmonious partnership of words and asana.

BY Seth Chalmer April 10, 2016

A secular Jewish man takes umbrage when his close Christian friend says he believes he will go to hell. After he returns to his religious tradition, he says, he understands these inner and outer tensions as essential to faith — even if they disagree with his personal wishes.

BY Sharon Salzberg April 09, 2016

Life can be frustrating, and we often react with resistance, or overwhelm. Sharon Salzberg reminds us that emotional balance doesn't come from denying feelings, but from allowing them room to play out fully.

BY Robert Boucheron April 09, 2016

The Shakers are known for their beautiful furniture and for their imagination around simplicity. A critical look at the history of the Shakers in America to understand our relationship to austerity and abundance.

BY Trent Gilliss April 08, 2016

The announcement of our newest podcast offering contemplations on the nature of participation in the world, and opportunities to become inextricable from the questions.

BY Courtney E. Martin April 08, 2016

We're confronted with choices of wanting to do what's best for our children and our communities. But sometimes they come into conflict with each other. What do we do then? Courtney Martin on the intersections of public and personal life as she makes school choices for her daughter.

BY Omid Safi April 07, 2016

To put the children first is a parent's most basic instinct. But when does self-sacrifice become self-destruction? Omid Safi offers a new understanding of the importance of self-care.

BY Krista Tippett April 06, 2016

The writer's life can be an excruciating one, especially for our host. She reveals the vulnerability of exposing herself and staying true to her subject — and even tweeting it out.

BY Parker J. Palmer April 06, 2016

A story of travel gone bad and the catalyst for generosity, sharing, and making good on circumstances beyond one's control.

BY Jane Gross April 05, 2016

Sitting meditation isn't a discipline easily acquired. A contemplation on the challenges of sitting and being still in modern life.

BY Jose A. Alcantara April 04, 2016

Inspired by Rebecca Solnit's book on getting lost, a high school math teacher muses on finding true north without a reliable compass… in a poem.

BY Jason Freeman April 03, 2016

Some of our limitations can be our greatest assets. A man born with disabilities tells the story of learning to embrace and make the most of the particularities of his own body — by first rediscovering his own breath.

BY Broderick Greer April 02, 2016

Our Public Theology Reimagined columnist calls on people of faith and conscience to come into proximity with execution sites like Ell Persons. When we experience these liminal spaces, we are reminded of our capacity to become preoccupied with domination and overlook the lives of the powerless and the message of Jesus' crucifixion.

BY Sakeenah El-Amin April 02, 2016

Our feet carry us forward despite the circumstances. A series of memories from a life growing up on the periphery of privilege, and finding worth in what we are, rather than worthlessness in what we are not.

BY Courtney E. Martin April 01, 2016

The digital sphere is a frontier where we assert our identities, and, in times of trauma, express our grief. With an appeal to the humanity behind this instinct, Courtney Martin questions how our empathy might become more than performance.

BY Mohammed Fairouz March 31, 2016

When loss is unexpected, grief is complicated. Zaha Hadid will be remembered for her dazzling feats of architecture, Mohammed Fairouz contemplates the profound loss of the work that is now unknowable.

BY Marie Sambilay March 31, 2016

What if we focused on strengthening the characteristics we have, rather than on all the ways in which we're lacking? Digital trailblazer Tiffany Shlain explores a heartening alternative to diagnostic psychology, and our empowering capability to shape who we are into who we want to be.

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