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By Omid Safi October 30, 2014

In a world where we feel more connected to friends on social media friends than our next-door neighbors, an argument that finds hope in Halloween and its ability to bring community together — even if only for a few magical hours.

October 29, 2014

With the elections next week, a story of forgiveness and redemption from a civil rights legend.

By Andréana E. Lefton October 28, 2014

Riding the El train in Chicago prompts this essay on the pervasive grip of harshness and the vitality of gentleness. How can we be gentle with others when we struggle with being gentle with our selves first?

By Trent Gilliss October 27, 2014

A line-up of fascinating bits from a gorgeous duet to your greatest musical moment, from prescient advice on over-working to being children of the moment. Read on.

By Bernard Chazelle October 26, 2014

A computer scientist's thorough and jaunty romp through Johann Sebastian Bach's most spectacular feats of musical engineering. An open invitation for Bach aficionados and novices alike to turn on the volume. If music be the food of love, read on.

By Courtney E. Martin October 24, 2014

It’s fall and things are dying. What least productive practices and mindsets are you working on shedding?

By Omid Safi October 23, 2014

As the chlorophyll fades and the splendor of fall emerges, a meditation on color, mortality, and divine presence — complemented with the poetry of Rumi and Farid un-Din Attar.

By Parker J. Palmer October 22, 2014

As we acknowledge the pain and suffering in the world, we must also look for the possibility within us as we aim to change what's wrong.

By Andréana E. Lefton October 21, 2014

What is the autobiography of your voice? An invitation to write the story of your voice and allow yourself to be surprised.

By Courtney E. Martin October 17, 2014

With the ever-widening wealth gap between the rich and the poor, statistics abound. But they fail to animate the human spirit. Story is a way into history and "teaching our hearts how to live as choiceful human beings."

By Trent Gilliss October 16, 2014

Sometimes the lead is the anecdote. A humorous story from a Nobel laureate that will bring a smile to your face and other instruction on powering down, offering help, bearing responsibility, and mystical connections.

By Parker J. Palmer October 15, 2014

More than 50 years ago, Thomas Merton warned that the pressure of modern life might distract us from the wisdom that makes work fruitful.

By Andréana E. Lefton October 14, 2014

A page torn from an ancient woman's journal prompts this poetic meditation on brokenness and beauty.

By Omid Safi October 13, 2014

An encouragement to be "children of the moment," a people with the spiritual discipline of being fully present in the here and now.

By Bekah Johnson October 11, 2014

What's that one song you listen to over and over again? The one that elevates you to a space bigger than yourself, the one that gives you chills every time you hear it play. Share and we just may reach out to you for the next installment of the Your Audio Selfie project.

By Courtney E. Martin October 10, 2014

There is a place beyond exhaustion, when asking 'What can I do to help?' is inadequate and burdensome. A commentary on how we can practice the art of generosity, to reach beyond the ease of asking towards the grit of doing.

By Trent Gilliss October 09, 2014

Highlights of some of the most heartening work our executive editor has read this past week, including Tara Mohr's advice to women on taking in criticism, seeing the sacred in the mundane, engaging our prophets, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into photos we chose.

By Parker J. Palmer October 08, 2014

The poet W.S. Merwin calls us to our mystical connections with the people in front and behind us.

By Andréana E. Lefton October 07, 2014

The power of song on the radio connects three worlds to one woman, ushering her into the eternal present by conjuring up memories of the past.

By Omid Safi October 06, 2014

Invoking the words of Heschel, a Muslim scholar hearkens back to the prophetic tradition and asks what it means to be morally responsible in a world of ISIS and American empire?

By Trent Gilliss October 05, 2014

In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.

By Courtney E. Martin October 03, 2014

Sometimes the most sacred experiences happen in the most mundane of places: in a big box store, after your spouse empties the litter box, or during an encounter with a taxi driver.

By Trent Gilliss October 02, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly missive: a season of autumn invitations, a thoughtful essay on male friendship, confessions of an accidental feminist, a joyful contemplation on being Mormon in the modern world, and an unexpected moment of generosity.

By Parker J. Palmer October 01, 2014

With the political season in full swing, a reminder that the great prophets were courageous, outrageous people who railed against the powers-that-be. And a poem by Mary Oliver.

By Andréana E. Lefton September 30, 2014

How many of us are ready to step into the gaze of someone — including ourselves — who sees us as we really are?

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