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BY Lori Lakin Hutcherson July 23, 2016

We can begin to understand each other by asking the right questions — and listening to the stories we receive in turn. Lori Lakin Hutchinson sheds frank and essential light on the reality of racism in America.

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BY Paul Muldoon August 27, 2016

Paul Muldoon pauses in a suspended moment, away from the chaos of the world, alone with the soothing roar of rain.

BY David Whyte August 26, 2016

A dawn meditation on the possibility of the day, and the quiet joy of belonging in a space of one’s own.

BY Naomi Shihab Nye August 25, 2016

From Naomi Shihab Nye, a playful address to characters in a life, in all their intriguing mundanity.

BY Trent Gilliss August 23, 2016

Profound moments of wisdom and change are often found in the interstitial spaces: in an exchange overlooked, in stories not shared. A collection of unexpected moments of beauty, curated by our executive editor.

BY Wendell Berry August 23, 2016

Wendell Berry reads his poem, a celebration of human complexity, and the rich truth that emerges in moving against the grain.

BY John O'Donohue August 22, 2016

A benediction from the late, beloved John O'Donohue, for the consoling embrace of steadiness and clarity in our most difficult moments.

BY Elizabeth Alexander August 20, 2016

An ode from Elizabeth Alexander to the spaces words fill between us, and to the path they light forward to a transcendent and unifying love.

BY Casper ter Kuile & Angie Thurston August 19, 2016

Our culture has a profound discomfort with walking openly through grief. An exploration of the healing power of companionship and openness after loss — embodied in groundbreaking gatherings for millennials longing to heal together.

BY Riccardo Gazzaniga August 18, 2016

An Italian writer pays tribute to the story of the little-known Australian sprinter who was on the podium that day in 1968 in Mexico City for the Olympic medals ceremony. A closer look at an iconic public stand for human rights reveals a heartening, surprising story of alliance and brotherhood.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 17, 2016

Parker Palmer shares the poetry of a president: a testament to the healing power of words, and embracing the shadow and light within.

BY Trent Gilliss August 16, 2016

From the inspiration and discipline we learn from sport to opening up to the experience of strangers, a digest of interesting writings on the ways we evolve together: physically, spiritually, and creatively.

BY Krista Tippett August 16, 2016

For legendary civil rights leader John Lewis, the most powerful path to the beloved community is to live as if it were already our reality. Listen to his conversation with Krista from our podcast Becoming Wise.

BY Sharon Salzberg August 15, 2016

In an anxiety-fueled society, how can we muster the courage to deal head-on with negative emotions? Sharon Salzberg counsels wise action in the face of fear, and mettle in the face of hopelessness.

BY Sarah Smarsh August 13, 2016

The challenges we fret over as adults are often simple in the eyes of our children. Sarah Smarsh offers an antidote to the vitriol of our politics — through viral videos that illustrate the wisdom of children.

BY Hideko Tamura Snider August 12, 2016

One of the hibakusha, the survivors of Hiroshima, reflects on life after the bombing in frank words: to honor the lives destroyed, and hope that her experience with death imparts a lesson about the preciousness of life.

BY Omid Safi August 11, 2016

The strength of spirituality lies in the just action it inspires. Omid Safi points to faith as inextricable from the work of bringing about a community of equity and love.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 10, 2016

Is a life made, or grown? A contemplation from Parker Palmer and Marge Piercy on the quiet, joyful work of tending to ourselves as wild, flourishing thickets of life.

BY Trent Gilliss August 09, 2016

Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.

BY Naomi Shihab Nye August 09, 2016

With the metaphor of the humble onion as her guide, Naomi Shihab Nye pens a poem in praise of all the small forgotten miracles of everyday life.

BY Krista Tippett August 08, 2016

Two celebrated astronomers from the Vatican Observatory on the joy of discovery and delighting in what we don't know. Listen to this podcast from Becoming Wise.

BY Trent Gilliss August 06, 2016

How would we treat people differently if we could hear what they hear, see what they see, feel what they feel? A video from the Cleveland Clinic encourages us to reimagine the people and spaces around us to foster deeper connection and well being.

BY Don C. Richter August 05, 2016

Athleticism can pay off with glory and spectacle, but it's also a daily ritual, a crucible for character. Theologian Don C. Richter explores the the spiritual underpinnings of the discipline of sport.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 03, 2016

An invocation for gratitude — for the open spaces around us, for the quiet resilience of nature, and for the power of vulnerability to open us to new possibilities.

BY Trent Gilliss August 02, 2016

A dispatch from across the pond on frank and generous response to difficult questions, and hovering in a magical, suspended moment.

BY Vincent Harding August 02, 2016

The late historian Vincent Harding explores the potent and challenging spirituality shared by two fathers of the movement for civil rights.

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