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By Parker J. Palmer April 01, 2015

We are born baffled. Acknowledging this can be key to becoming a writer or a person who seeks to understand the world around you better. Parker Palmer muses on a writing life and distills his experience into three principles of living deeply and richly within this world.

By Jane Reed March 31, 2015

Though we are taught to forgive from childhood, it is not always so easy to do. A daughter reflects on the burden of her father's perfectionism, the freedom of forgiveness, and the gifts of imperfection.

By Trent Gilliss March 30, 2015

Morsels to savor — all in one digest — on wonder and beauty, brokenness and healing, musicals and parenting. Get caught up in a few minutes!

By Kelly Witchen March 29, 2015

Exhausted and frazzled, we must look to the skies and draw on the wisdom of winged nature to rediscover a resilience in community and a reliance on one another. Sometimes it's not about leading, but drafting. With the insights of Rilke, a post on beauty in limitation, wisdom in rest, and resilience in dependence.

By Melani McAlister March 28, 2015

To do yoga in America today is to make a statement. Melani McAlister unpacks what "yoga spirituality" might mean for an atheist and how her "embrace of reality" might flow from the practice of yoga.

By Courtney E. Martin March 27, 2015

When we get too attached to habits, we risk losing our sense of wonder and our potential for catalytic experience. Courtney Martin's encouragement for the job of being alive: “May I see what I do. May I do it differently. May I make this a way of life.”

By Omid Safi March 26, 2015

A story from Rumi's masterpiece Masnavi illuminates the paths we all travel from brokenness to healing, from spiritually feeling worthless and cut off to being wholehearted. In the wisdom of the saints, Omid Safi reveals the goal of the spiritual path: not reaching divinity, but achieving full humanity.

By Parker J. Palmer March 25, 2015

How do we celebrate our diminishment as we age? We look for beauty in "that which the world rejects as ugly."

By Lenna Liu March 24, 2015

Our children's relationship with food builds off their relationship with themselves. A Seattle pediatrician "awakens" to another approach to caring for children and families struggling with obesity by diving into her own mindfulness and meditation.

By Trent Gilliss March 23, 2015

This week has been a whirlwind of travel and ideas on social justice, life's unveiling, being vulnerabilities and memory. A recap of what you need to read.

By Gretchen VanEsselstyn March 22, 2015

For so many of us, trying to find the time and the space to find quiet and focus inward. A Brooklyn writer discovers the gift of meditative moments while doing good by donating blood and platelets.

By Norman Allen March 21, 2015

Most of us chant tunes from the classic musical, but have you considered the spiritual lessons that the movie offers?

By Omid Safi March 20, 2015

The spring festival of Nowruz and an invitation from the First Lady allow our columnist to see the White House as “the people’s house” and a place that honors the diversity — and promise — of America.

By Courtney E. Martin March 20, 2015

In an Internet age, we create highly curated versions of ourselves. But how do we reflect the full spectrum of our own humanity and not a collection of status updates?

By Parker J. Palmer March 18, 2015

Regret and humility are two ways we relate to the past, but they can spawn very different approaches to life. Embracing adversity can open up hope for the future depending on how we embrace it.

By Mariah Helgeson March 17, 2015

The recent suicide of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich has many discussing the bullying nature of politics. In a powerful sermon by former U.S. Senator John Danforth, he calls for an end to what politics has become.

By Trent Gilliss March 17, 2015

A winding path that flows from experiencing the grace of wholeness and seeking the ineffable to seeing the hidden systems in plain sight, and the otherness and belonging necessary for all of us to thrive.

By Trent Gilliss March 16, 2015

The actor Bill Murray takes three minutes to give a dharma talk on being present at a press conference.

By Kavita Das March 15, 2015

Where do we find spiritual solace in this warp speed culture and hyper-connected times? A journalist ponders the sacred songs and spaces that return us to the holy moments of everyday life.

By Faith Kearns March 14, 2015

The intellectual rigor of scientists' training often fails to prepare them for the human emotions that accompany the work. And there are consequences for that objectivity. Faith Kearns is a young scientist who makes a compelling argument for integrating the emotional lives of scientists with their vocation.

By Courtney E. Martin March 13, 2015

Sometimes it takes a fire hydrant turning into a geyser to remind us that there is somebody there to fix it. In seeing all of the people around us who make systems and services work, we begin to understand what it takes to make a community thrive.

By Omid Safi March 12, 2015

Fifty years since the historic march on Selma, Omid Safi calls for an inclusive justice for all people — and welcomes Muslim voices to be full democratic participants — so we can cross that bridge together.

By Parker J. Palmer March 11, 2015

Inspired by a mother's observation of her toddler's awe of the world, Parker Palmer reflects on the mystery of the world and the grace of wholeness — delighting in the gift of life as a septuagenarian.

By Mariah Helgeson March 10, 2015

Join us at 10:00 am this morning for a live video stream of Krista's conversation with john a. powell, one of the most revered thinkers on race today. We'll be taking your questions online too!

By Trent Gilliss March 09, 2015

From spectacular images of Holi to supporting an artist that's meant so much to us, this week's capsule shares some of our best work — and those of others.

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