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BY Jennifer Michael Hecht September 27, 2016

To embrace life despite the truth of suffering is an audacious act. Jennifer Michael Hecht guides us through Albert Camus on the myth of Sisyphus, as a reassuringly contrary argument for life over death.

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BY Lily Percy June 19, 2016

“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.

BY Sam Yang June 18, 2016

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.

BY Omid Safi June 17, 2016

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.

BY Courtney E. Martin June 16, 2016

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.

BY Parker J. Palmer June 15, 2016

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.

BY Trent Gilliss June 14, 2016

Writings on transcending social, psychological, and physical boundaries, and coming together in deeper connection with ourselves and each other.

BY Jane Gross June 14, 2016

Returning to the potter's wheel, Jane Gross shares learnings on embracing uncertainty and lack of control, in ceramics and in life.

BY Nancy Thompson June 13, 2016

In the world of superheroes, superpowers stand in. But in truth, the path to strength of heart, spirit, and soul is demanding, and requires us to perform feats that at times seem super-human.

BY Paul Raushenbush June 12, 2016

In a jagged spirit of rawness and redemption, Paul Raushenbush remembers the nightclubs where he found community and transcendence and joy. Despite its scarcity, he calls us to answer the mandate of love rather than anger as a redemptive force… because he has no other option.

BY Sharon Salzberg June 11, 2016

In pop culture “coolness” is sometimes equated with nonchalance, isolation, and sarcasm. Sharon Salzberg asks us to rethink what it means to be “cool” and argues that kindness and empathy can be the “in” thing.

BY Krista Tippett June 10, 2016

Rabbi and philosopher Jonathan Sacks speaks of difference as expansive and unifying, rather than a force for division.

BY Lily Percy June 10, 2016

“You're running often side-by-side, or one person in back of the other, rather than looking somebody in the eyes as you're being vulnerable with them.” John Cary is an architect, a father, and a marathon runner. For him, running is a spiritual practice.

BY Courtney E. Martin June 10, 2016

Sometimes our wildest dreams are not for ourselves, but for those we love. Courtney Martin pens a powerful message of hope for her daughters' future, and for the future of women in the world.

BY Omid Safi June 09, 2016

Our columnist Omid Safi pays tribute to the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali and the legacy he lived.

BY Parker J. Palmer June 08, 2016

Guided by Naomi Shihab Nye's beloved poem "Kindness," Parker Palmer reflects on our capacity to emerge from the depth of suffering, into the fullness of compassion.

BY Trent Gilliss June 07, 2016

Physical presence and inner life are more integrated than we might imagine. Meditations on how we move through stress, our relationship with the body, and making meaning in the rhythms of everyday life.

BY Sarah Smarsh June 07, 2016

When we over do the things we love, sometimes the solution isn't to do less or more but to do it differently. Sarah Smarsh reflects on treasuring the method of running over the measurement of it — and learning to scramble and splash with intention.

BY Krista Tippett June 06, 2016

"Call it the hidden hand of God; I would simply call it the hidden hand of the equations. And that gets us from the beginning to here." Theoretical physicist Brian Greene on the hidden nature of reality, and the power of scientific theory to reveal the beauty that we cannot observe.

BY Angie Thurston & Casper ter Kuile June 06, 2016

As more millennials declare themselves "spiritual but not religious," what does meaningful community look like in the 21st century? For legions of CrossFit enthusiasts, it's a community of care and nurturing — and a place where you can also perfect your squat.

BY Lily Percy June 05, 2016

“Running has helped me become more present.” Some people turn to prayer or meditation or yoga as a way to slow down and make sense of their lives. Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!, found that in running.

BY Yahia Lababidi June 04, 2016

“Let yourself be silently pulled by what you love.” Weaving poesy with mellifluous prose, an Egyptian poet celebrates the power of the lyrical art to bring us closer to the divine, and to ourselves.

BY Courtney E. Martin June 03, 2016

For Courtney Martin feminism is a living, breathing thing. But in an age of gloss and soundbites, how can the movement remain inclusive and sustain its influence?

BY Omid Safi June 02, 2016

Inspired by a beautiful hike in the Swiss mountains, Omid Safi with a meditation on the jaggedness of our hearts' stones, then and now. And some photos to illustrate it.

BY Parker J. Palmer June 01, 2016

Involvement is exhilarating, but saying yes to everything can be unhealthy in its own way. Guided by a poem by William Stafford, Parker Palmer points to the value of knowing when to engage, and when to let go.

BY Trent Gilliss May 31, 2016

Collected counsel on forging meaning and joy from our suffering, and finding calm in times of tension.