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On the Blog

By Catherine Ann Lombard July 14, 2015

An American writer living in Egypt during the months after 9/11 experiences the beauty of Ramadan in Cairo. She finds unexpected kinship in the rhythms of the culture and its people, reflecting all that is human: piety and gaiety, charity and ostentation, sacrifice and indulgence.

By Sharon Salzberg July 13, 2015

Who is "the other"? A call to cultivate deep curiosity for the lives and struggles and to move away from the "Us-versus-Them" mentality — including a reflective exercise you can perform right now, wherever you are.

By Anastasia Hacopian July 11, 2015

To trust our children requires allowing them the room to act differently that we might expect. A mother's argument for placing trust in our children's expansive imaginations and empathic potential.

By Courtney E. Martin July 10, 2015

In times of trauma, modern-day technology connects us instantly. But could it be that genetic memory metabolizes much more slowly? Courtney Martin juxtaposes modern day urgency with a long view of legacy.

By Omid Safi July 09, 2015

Is there room in our seeking for not-knowing? Are our hearts big enough to hold mystery? A prayer and a meditation for the mystery of the last ten nights of Ramadan.

By Parker J. Palmer July 08, 2015

"How can we learn to embrace with love the whole of who we are?" Parker Palmer with three tools to help us show up as we really are and live and love fully as we engage with the world.

By Trent Gilliss July 07, 2015

Mysteries of an expanding universe and other ties to what makes a life worth living.

By Sharon Salzberg July 06, 2015

To celebrate the 80th birthday of the great spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sharon Salzberg recounts her first encounter with him and the importance of his example — in words and in deed.

By Rachel Meyer July 04, 2015

A longtime yogi sees fatherhood through the lens of the complementary balance of effort and ease, strength and softness.

By Courtney E. Martin July 03, 2015

An inspirational profile of one of those modern-day heroes, SAS, a doctor whose key insights turned the tide of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone — an exemplar of quiet commitment and unending courage who saved thousands of lives by bridging worlds.

By Omid Safi July 02, 2015

Feces can be a powerful thing, but not in the way that you might gather. Before becoming a father, Omid Safi thought love was something you feel or experience, the everyday ritual of changing his daughter's diaper taught him about a love that's stronger than shit.

By Chris Heagle July 02, 2015

The act of extending a hand, of seeking, can sometimes leave you humbled by an amazing experience. Watch Abigail Washburn and her band The Village find unexpected rewards at a dinner party with local musicians in China.

By Parker J. Palmer July 01, 2015

As we celebrate the Fourth of July in the States, Parker Palmer contemplates the hope, the promise, and the opportunity of "we the people" with a song from Leonard Cohen.

By Trent Gilliss June 30, 2015

Our readers and our columnists explore Vincent Harding's question in light of the Charleston tragedy — and how we can reclaim our fears and our hopes in this great experiment. Plus, some things I've been reading this week (for your eyes only).

By Sharon Salzberg June 29, 2015

As we become global citizens and focus on issues around the world, we neglect to look out the window of our back yards and into our local communities. A reminder to be part of the locality where we live too.

By Laura Kelly Fanucci June 28, 2015

Beginning with a quote from Hazrat Inayat Khan, an exploration and a grappling with suffering, parenting, and the nature of love.

By Trent Gilliss June 27, 2015

The wealth of information curated and articulated — drawing on all our executive editor reads, hears, and sees. From collective silence to the moral quality of action, words of advice and admiration.

By Courtney E. Martin June 26, 2015

A passionate, grounded plea to recognize white privilege and the gut level pushback — the "white fragility" — that happens when talking about race.

By Omid Safi June 25, 2015

We are in need of a new vision and visionaries who remind us not of the “greatness” of America, but of its goodness writes Omid Safi. A call for forgiveness, but one that's rooted in love and justice — and for an America that is yet to be.

By Trent Gilliss June 24, 2015

Bill Siemering, a founding member of National Public Radio, will be speaking at On Being on Loring Park tonight at 5:30pm. Join us for a live stream!

By Parker J. Palmer June 24, 2015

Recent events in the life of the world have made it challenging to engage in trust and hope. Parker Palmer turns to another type of knowing that leads to grace.

By Sharon Salzberg June 23, 2015

The fear inside us presents itself in the most unlikely and perhaps unexpected ways. But how do we engage that feeling and let go?

By James T. McDeavitt June 22, 2015

With nine out of ten family dinners, little of consequence occurs. But, during the tenth mealtime, something sparks. A father's case for the unscheduled magic of the family dinner.

By Matthew S. Rosin June 21, 2015

A father of young children contemplates the messages and the survival skills passed from father to son on how to live with the burdens and the suffering of human life.

By Bart Erbach June 21, 2015

What training did we give to our fathers? A reflection on inventing, rather than inheriting, the type of father a man wants to be — for himself and his children.

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