On the Blog

By Barbara Mahany May 25, 2015

The Magic Hedge is an oasis on the outskirts of Chicago renowned for its excellent birdwatching. With the hopes of sighting of a rare bird, two friends venture forth to encounter small miracles, the warmth of unexpected community, and the blessings of stillness.

By Sharon Salzberg May 24, 2015

An unexpected moment on the Katie Couric show instills an awareness of the fruits of mindfulness, a deep sense of lineage, and an inexpressible peace for our columnist.

By Courtney E. Martin May 22, 2015

More than 25 percent of us may be jeopardizing the "good life" by blindly pursuing more to keep up with the Joneses? Courtney Martin on operating on income autopilot and re-interpreting our financial wealth.

By Mariah Helgeson May 21, 2015

While preparing for our live show with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn in Nashville, their cover of “The Final Countdown” goes viral. So fun to watch!

By Omid Safi May 21, 2015

What it would be like to build, one glance at a time, a beloved community? Inspired the defaced churches in Cappadocia, Omid Safi appeals to the loving glances that acknowledge the sacred beyond in each one of us.

By Parker J. Palmer May 20, 2015

How we ask each other questions can evoke a deeper sense of self. Words of advice from Parker Palmer and a poem by Denise Levertov on the power of asking with good intention, and hearing each other into being.

By Anneke Campbell May 19, 2015

A mother contemplates her own addictive need to fix things with her daughter. Using mindfulness as a tool for recovery she answers compulsive behavior with the opportunity to be present in ever-deepening self-awareness, and the ability to witness emotional weather without engaging or reacting to it.

By Sharon Salzberg May 17, 2015

The act of letting go is a popular idea — but it isn't easy. It's a practice requiring time, patience, and a good deal of steadfastness. Words of wisdom on acknowledging an experience and changing our relationship to it.

By Courtney E. Martin May 15, 2015

Rilke asks us to live the questions. Socrates says the unexamined life is one not worth living. But, staying awake to the moral complexities of one's actions is not a quiet prospect.

By Mariah Helgeson May 14, 2015

What happens when two millennial Jesuit podcasters interview Krista Tippett? Practical wisdom on the way millennials do religion and a whole host of Jesuit humor.

By Omid Safi May 14, 2015

Zayn Malik's announcement crushed millions of fans' hearts, including that of our columnist Omid Safi. Despite the comforting scenario painted by Stephen Hawking, Omid prefers this one universe, this one place we call home.

By Krista Tippett May 13, 2015

Krista Tippett pays homage to Patrick Henry, a mentor who speaks to her enduring intuition that, in losing rote affiliation, religiosity and Christianity may have a chance to recover their deepest, wildest heart for the sake of the world.

By Parker J. Palmer May 13, 2015

The word "depression" is used to describe a personal condition as well as large-scale economic collapse. Parker Palmer shares a story of personal story of his last encounter with depression and two interviews that talking about depression and economic crisis.

By Maggie Lane May 12, 2015

Everyone suffers, silently or obviously, one way or the other. Once you see that connection, tenderness follows. A cancer survivor's meditation on gratitude and the marvel that is being alive.

By Trent Gilliss May 11, 2015

A weekly roundup of the many things surfacing and playing out in the world with some of our favorite writers and thinkers.

By Sharon Salzberg May 10, 2015

To truly meet each other "that mysterious junction of suffering and love could well be the most truthful and potent place."

By Esther Cohen May 09, 2015

What unites us all is that we all have mothers. A poet traces the path of her life through her Rumanian grandmother and the women who followed.

By Courtney E. Martin May 08, 2015

Becoming a mother can be a startling experience — a belonging to a communion of motherhood and the stark reality that one's identity will never be the same again. For this upcoming Mother's Day, Courtney Martin contemplates the fragility, fierceness, and myopia of motherhood and the ineffable beauty of being a mother.

By Omid Safi May 07, 2015

Metaphors of light and reflection abound. But what about the metaphors of mirror and mirroring. Omid Safi holds that image with palms up and open.

By Parker J. Palmer May 06, 2015

A trip down the Grand Canyon (and, of course, a poem) reveals a truth and shows us all that we are most whole when we live in the layers of our being.

By Trent Gilliss May 05, 2015

It's all good this week. Stories of success, laughter, landscape, and renewed energy.

By Sharon Salzberg May 03, 2015

The mind can get in the way of itself. Sharon Salzberg on the hindrance of delusion and not seeing things as they actually are by going numb and turning away from the world.

By Trent Gilliss May 02, 2015

Sometimes we buzz through our social media streams and forget to pause, connect, and read more deeply. The marvelous writer Terry Tempest Williams teaches us to do just that — all through the story of her dog.

By Dennis S. Ross May 02, 2015

"Ritual does for behavior what poetry does for words." When the hope of youthful enthusiasm turns grim and gray and the spiritual challenge of uncertainty beckons, a rabbi finds hope in ritual as poetry in action, recognizing the spirituality in the routine, recapturing the sacred in the mundane, and rediscovering beauty in the ordinary.

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