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BY Alexandra Elle January 18, 2016

Being around people can be an anxious experience, if not draining experience, for many. But, how can we manage that trepidation and move forward? Alexandra Elle reflects on having the courage to show up and interact when it feels next to impossible.

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BY Jane Gross December 13, 2015

In this culture of independence, the compassion of strangers can be surprising. After an unexpected fainting spell, our columnist finds that selflessness still abounds around us — even in the hearts of her fellow New Yorkers.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 13, 2015

For the final night of Hanukkah, a poem brought on by Allen Ginsberg.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 12, 2015

The penultimate night celebrates getting older and the embers within.

BY Gary Nelson December 12, 2015

Familiar items are strangely comforting throughout life, much less in difficult times. A gay man discovers himself through his ongoing relationship with a Renoir painting.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 11, 2015

Finding the light isn't difficult if you find the kindness that stands before you in the face of someone you may never have met. A poem for Hanukkah.

BY Courtney E. Martin December 11, 2015

In periods of fear, the catalysts of panic can sometimes be ourselves. Courtney Martin on the importance of mitigating our own fight-or-flight response in order to retain our compassion and humanity toward one another.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 10, 2015

Just past the midpoint of the festival of lights, a glowing reminder that people sometimes say no.

BY Omid Safi December 10, 2015

Our responses to violence have become routine, which is its own tragedy. A necessary reminder that while good will is essential, it is powerless if it does not fuel our actions.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 09, 2015

The light of Hanukkah can be found in the voice. A postcard on the fondness of listening and the musical warmth of words.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 09, 2015

The feeling of being stuck is one we all have experienced at one time or another. Beleaguered by writer's block, Parker Palmer calls upon his beginner's mind and encourages us to move forward with hope.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 08, 2015

Sometimes a poem offers insight into a dream or an event in the news. And sometimes it's about the everyday thing that never occurs.

BY Sharon Salzberg December 08, 2015

Becoming fixated on a problem at the office or an injustice to others can often lead to intense anger. But, how do we avoid the narrowness of this emotion and not let it consume us?

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 07, 2015

To round out the second day of Hanukkah, a poem on bringing the light through the art of asking.

BY Annie Parsons December 07, 2015

A song reinvents a classic children's hymn, and invites reflection on the intertwined natures of joy and melancholy.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 06, 2015

Our first postcard from Hanukkah reminds us of the importance of light, and to find it wherever we can: in strangers, in family, in friends.

BY Siri Liv Myhrom December 06, 2015

Christmas is an extrovert; Advent is an introvert’s season. A reflection on the expectant, hopeful, solemn season of waiting.

BY Trent Gilliss December 06, 2015

Our Sunday morning cantor is the talented Dessa with a stripped-down choral piece sure to make the spirit soar.

BY Mohammed Fairouz December 05, 2015

Born into a world of chaos and uncertainty, a millennial composer calls on his fellow generation to embrace the richness of this age and go berserk with gratitude.

BY Courtney E. Martin December 03, 2015

Becoming invested in too simple of a moral story about others can lead to dehumanized outlooks. Our columnist remembers her childhood home and the lessons she carries with her today.

BY Omid Safi December 03, 2015

The chaos of the world can challenge our belief in the inherent goodness of humanity. Omid Safi marvels at the strength of a 1960's symbol in the form of a Parisian father teaching his son to overcome hatred with love and hope.

BY Elizabeth Ann O'Rourke December 02, 2015

For the ordinary hours, a plaintive poem for those of us on our own.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 02, 2015

Nearly 30,000 delegates from 200 nations are in Paris talking about climate change this week. Parker Palmer encourages us to open our eyes to the beauty with a poem and a challenge.

BY Karen Costa December 01, 2015

How do we continue to bear witness when violent loss becomes cyclical? How do we mourn? An educator grapples with her own struggle to uphold the memories of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting, in a time when we have started to become numb to tragedy.

BY Marie Sambilay November 30, 2015

Count Basie and Helen Humes' nostalgic rendition of a 1920's jazz classic provides the perfect accompaniment to a stunning piece about love, marriage, and lifelong partnership.

BY Sharon Salzberg November 30, 2015

There's much confusion between sympathy and empathy. Our columnist tells the story of a wise elder whose suffering led her to become a model for how to have a meaningful life.

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