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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 Courtney E. Martin October 30, 2015

In the absence of a religious tradition, is there a fundamental need for prayer? Courtney Martin on finding comfort in praying to her late, burly grandfather rather than a god to whom she couldn't relate.

BY Omid Safi October 29, 2015

There's an elephant in the interfaith dialogue room. Omid Safi with a critical look at the uneven speaking field in America for Muslims and how the politics of Palestine/Israel shapes and affects Abrahamic interfaith dialogue.

BY Trent Gilliss October 28, 2015

Alain de Botton's short piece of writing on love and loneliness is elegantly handled in this animated short by Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 28, 2015

In response to Courtney Martin's letter, Parker Palmer corresponds with his dear friend about the uncertainty of life. A contemplation on the value of being vulnerable and open to supportive friends.

BY Trent Gilliss October 27, 2015

A mix of selected essays and posts on the magic and mystery of making, the art of family communication, and murmurations on a pond.

BY Zach Schlosser October 27, 2015

Virtual reality technology is hinting at new possibilities, including the unexpected potential of “VR” to shape our inner lives, identities, and values — and lead to a fuller appreciation of the lives we have.

BY Annie Parsons October 26, 2015

For those who feel weary of the journey, Kristen Graves names "the grace in struggle," wrapped in the image of an ever flowing river. Our Monday Evening Melody for this autumn day.

BY Sharon Salzberg October 26, 2015

To always be a beginner is frustrating to many of us. What if we embraced this as a choice rather than a deficiency? Sharon Salzberg on sticking it out and the right effort of beginning again.

BY Sarah Fought October 25, 2015

The KonMari method includes the simple act of asking the question, "Does this spark joy?" A woman testifies to the transformational potential of creating an organized, mindful space.

BY Mark Nepo October 24, 2015

The journey through cancer is one of hard-earned lessons about everyday living. Mark Nepo shares a dream about a rickety bridge and his insights into the unknown other — and how we might allow the stranger to inhabit our lives and the unexpected wholeness it brings.

BY Courtney E. Martin October 23, 2015

Courtney Martin reclaims the lost art of letter writing with this epistolary correspondence to Parker Palmer about purpose and how we can seize it while still acting with integrity.

BY Omid Safi October 22, 2015

What would it take for us to look under the skin of happiness and make haste to being whole? Rather than looking to the self-help aisle, where might we look?

BY Beth Bachmann October 21, 2015

The limitations of language can be a barrier to deep connection. But the metaphor of unity and interconnectedness found in a sculpture by Jaume Plensa reminds us of the power of art and poetry to traverse this boundary.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 21, 2015

Has technology failed to deliver on its promise: to lighten our load? A wry meditation on play, gratitude, and the gift of life.

BY Trent Gilliss October 20, 2015

Whether it's blood quantum and identity, a homeless man's understanding of our best friends, or the telling of bad teeth, a gathering of what we're reading, writing, and publishing.

BY Chelsea Fullerton October 20, 2015

Autumn inhabits the stretch in between beginnings and endings — and students dwell in that same space. With the help of Rilke, an educator voices the call to "live everything," "have patience with what is unresolved," and to "love the questions."

BY Chris Heagle October 19, 2015

When she finally played Carnegie Hall in 1963, becoming the first African-American woman, classical pianist to do so, Nina Simone was still disappointed... because she wasn't playing Bach.

BY Sharon Salzberg October 19, 2015

On finding herself amidst a buzzing group of Pope Francis's admirers, Sharon Salzberg marvels at their elation at simply being in his presence — and reflects on what they can teach us about being open to receiving spiritual goodness.

BY Jane Gross October 18, 2015

Ceramics can provide ritual to quiet a frazzled mind. But even when it doesn't go so well, there are lessons to be learned in calm perseverance. Jane Gross shares a lesson from the potter's wheel.

BY John Sarrouf October 17, 2015

Communication with our children can sometimes hit a wall. A father shares some helpful guidelines for architecting richer, more connected relationships with children. What could be more important?

BY Mary Oliver October 16, 2015

A poem for the passing of summer, a song for the shadow, and an invocation for attention.

BY Courtney E. Martin October 16, 2015

It's easy to mentally sanitize and romanticize the creative process, but the real work is done in the clutter and the mess of daily living. An enconium on imperfection, self-doubt, and the importance of pushing through.

BY Mary Oliver October 15, 2015

Poetic expression is a character with many personalities, much like one's favorite pet dog. A new poem from Mary Oliver on the playfulness of writing verse.

BY Omid Safi October 15, 2015

Recent mass killings in Oregon and abroad inculcate a kind of fear that can be paralyzing. Through the lens of a Native American tale, Omid Safi refuses to feed those wolves and chooses to feed another wolf: love.

BY Mary Oliver October 14, 2015

A requiem for the holiness that's visible — in the trees, the mountains, and the rivers. Permission to lean into wonder and to linger in beauty incarnate.

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