Rilke follows the course of change through seasons and captures the loneliness of uncertainty in everyday life. Includes Joanna Macy's brilliant reading of "Onto a Vast Plain."
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Talking with your pre-teen son or daughter can be difficult enough, says Naazish YarKhan, without adding terrorism and its misguided association with Islam to the mix.
An imaginative video that brilliantly captures the essence and impact of David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College.
Glenn Greewald's calling out of Sam Harris' speech as anti-Muslim rhetoric sparked quite a debate. Is Mr. Harris a new form of atheism an old form of colonialism?
A powerful Zen parable teaching us about compassion and gratitude in the face of death.
A sneak preview of our upcoming show with Sounds True founder Tami Simon. Enjoy and share your favorites.
On this Mother's Day, in some odd way, I can think of no more fitting tribute than to listen to Ms. Boorstein reciting these lovely lines from Pablo Neruda.
On this Mother's Day weekend, a time to celebrate the women in our lives and be real about parenting. Along with art on happiness, brainstorming reactions, and emerging forms of spirituality in Ireland.
In Ireland, former Catholics are rediscovering their religious beliefs and Irish heritage in pre-Christian spirituality. Shweta Saraswat and Tricia Tongco's story on the reemerging presence of Pagan spirituality in Dublin.
Much has happened in so-called Muslim-Western relations in the last decade, not the least of which is the Arab Spring. Has the paradigm changed or does it remain same? A look to the ever-changing nature of culture.
Catch highlights of Krista's interview with Andrew Zolli about taking on society’s toughest problems and making ourselves more resilient. Also read his take on where you can find God.
Our weekly wrap-up with poetry and prose, stories of Easter dishes from afar and links to things we're reading in the news and blogging worlds!
With a simple idea and chalk, street art welcomes people to stand inside "happiness" to "provoke thought about what happiness is."
A poem about friendship and intimacy, waiting and being present in the moment that is heartbreaking and heartening in its song.
Vigorous discussions on what we're owed and what we earn, the slow work of healing, and stories of inspiration about being alone in this busy world.
As we rush forward into the work week, a poem to slow us down, turn us about, and maybe just maybe, laugh at ourselves. Marie Howe reads her poem "Hurry."
Listen to Marie Howe read these striking lines from her poem. Her ability to read her own work is marvelous.
Religious traditions take many forms in the U.S. For a Nigerian immigrant's daughter, it's creamy frejon that's the Easter week delicacy.
You don’t have to spend months in meditation, says Eckhart Tolle, to gain insights that could change your life, even your health.
Sometimes it takes persistence to pitch a voice you know is right — and the willingness to listen to others around the dinner table.
The public's trust in "organized religion" is on the decline. While wearying, Martin Marty says that these polls offer insights and lessons on how religious institutions must serve the public better.
Sometimes it takes a complete stranger to see the "deep, deep hole" within ourselves. The story of a common bond between a wildlife conservation and a pygmy leader — and the bounty of that friendship.
With all that's happened this week, language and images that create places of peace and reflection and connection with our fellow human beings.
Images of thundersnow in Minnesota, cherry blossoms in Japan. Words on science and truth from Auden and Krauss. Time-lapse graphic recording on vulnerability. And sometimes healing is a process never-ending. Our capsule of all things On Being.
When you believe strongly in an idea, how do you shepherd it into being? As senior editor Trent Gilliss explains, sometimes it takes years of perseverance and framing.