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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 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.

BY Courtney E. Martin September 23, 2016

We bring different aspects of ourselves to each interaction, to each unique circumstance. But where do we find space to be true to ourselves? Courtney Martin on the radical, courageous act of embracing ourselves in all our flaws.

BY Omid Safi September 22, 2016

A true friendship doesn't only bring support and joy, but also challenges us to grow. Omid Safi reflects on the importance of nurturing relationships that acknowledge our imperfections, and nourish the best in us.

BY Trent Gilliss September 21, 2016

The search for fulfillment feels endless, but what if the answer dwells around and among us? Contemplations on the joyful wisdom embedded in work and in life.

BY Parker J. Palmer September 21, 2016

As the days grow shorter and the air grows crisp, Parker Palmer invokes Rainer Maria Rilke on lessons from the season: on having faith when we fall, and trusting in the mysterious resilience of life.

BY Sharon Salzberg September 20, 2016

Unwavering gratitude can be an intimidating ideal. Sharon Salzberg examines gentle attention to the positive as a generous alternative to our negativity bias.

BY Omid Safi September 19, 2016

Who is the woman at the heart of the hajj? Omid Safi honors the roots of the global pilgrimage, and the social gravity that it holds for modern life.

BY Paul Elie September 17, 2016

The now-prevalent culture of mastery and expertise take root in ideas of grit and the "10,000-hour rule." But, doing something new for the first time, even just a little, changes your sense of it altogether.

BY Courtney E. Martin September 16, 2016

To stay curious and questioning in the modern world can be a lonely endeavor, and yet there is refuge and wisdom when we gather. Courtney Martin​ on restoring our moral imaginations, together.

BY Parker J. Palmer September 14, 2016

The violence of our culture can trap us in a spiral of fear and paralysis. Parker Palmer on the importance of centering our minds and hearts in sacred spaces of our own, wherever we may find them.

BY Trent Gilliss September 13, 2016

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle on respecting the resilience of nature, new learnings from Krista Tippett on self-compassion in life and career, and more deliberations on living alongside one another.

BY Sarah Smarsh September 13, 2016

Reflecting on a tumultuous summer, Sarah Smarsh leans into the gifts that abound amid tragedy and loss, with hope for our unity and our resilience.

BY Mohammed Fairouz September 12, 2016

As the United Nations prepares for its 71st session, Mohammed Fairouz honors the courage of those who came before us to make bold vows and asks us to step beyond our cynicism to achieve our greatest aspirations.

BY Courtney E. Martin September 09, 2016

The world as we know it is undergoing a profound transformation. Courtney Martin scrutinizes our most dearly-held defaults and finds an abundance of innovators challenging the traditional model of success.

BY Omid Safi September 08, 2016

Beyond our busyness and worn-out calendars, Omid Safi seeks out the places where the eternal shines through the temporal — and offers a benediction for the beloved.

BY Parker J. Palmer September 07, 2016

Weary of political correctness, but wary of its opposite, Parker Palmer offers up some practical wisdom on owning our shadow selves with grace and asking the same of our leaders.

BY Trent Gilliss September 06, 2016

To soothe spiritual aches and exult in the bittersweetness of being in the world — a few lines of poetry from beloved voices, from Mary Oliver to Marie Howe.

BY Marie Howe September 06, 2016

Marie Howe marks the space left in her life by her late brother — tiny movements and moments now conspicuously absent. A tender elegy for a loved one gone too soon.

BY Anita Barrows September 05, 2016

In this solemn reflection in summer light, Anita Barrows draws out the sweet tension of sorrow in the midst of beauty.

BY Carrie Newcomer September 03, 2016

A life is composed of the ordinary and extraordinary, remarkable and mundane. An expression of gratitude from Carrie Newcomer for all of it, from big love to good coffee.

BY Trent Gilliss September 02, 2016

A reassuring, imagined moment of silence and clarity in the face of a frenetic world, with the guidance of Sylvia Boorstein and Pablo Neruda.

BY Alicia Partnoy September 01, 2016

A powerful love is often quiet in its intensity. Alicia Partnoy reads her poem, a love note to love.

BY Trent Gilliss August 30, 2016

From the solemn to the playful, a selection of poetry to comfort and amuse.

BY Christian Wiman August 30, 2016

A reflection from Christian Wiman on finding God and wonder in all the world's imperfection.

BY Mary Oliver August 29, 2016

Encouragement from the far shore of life to live fully into the miracle of our existence, with purpose and awe at every waking moment.

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