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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.
On the Blog
To love life in its fullness is the key to wise living. Parker Palmer with a poem on transforming suffering and restoring life.
Lives are so well-planned that we tend to focus on the destination. But what if we thought in terms of trajectory? A nuanced perspective on learning to see your grown-up children as independent adults who thrive and persevere.
What gets lost when we erect a fortress around our children? A mother glimpses the beauty of trusting strangers around her daughter, and discovers the risk of losing the village to our own fears.
Trauma can be a rigid dictator of the course of a life, often giving rise to paths of destruction and illness. Dr. Robert Ross on why these cycles exist, and on our responsibility as members of the community to heal the broken spaces in the structures we live in.
The love that siblings share is complex, and something that perhaps only they can understand. Jane Gross with a note of appreciation, frustration, perplexity, and profound love for her little brother — and the wayward path they've walked together.
The busyness of modern life is ubiquitous. A Karachiite shares memories of her city and Catholic schooling and counters the archaic view that others take of the beloved city she calls home.
Recalling a trip to beautiful but war-scarred Zimbabwe, Sharon Salzberg reflects on the easy proliferation, and destructive potential, of negative thoughts.
The big stage of TED can provide a platform for dreaming big, talking big, and a big ego. As our columnist prepares to present at TED2016, she looks to Pema Chödrön and the bigness of her own ideas to make a difference through the massive platform.
Reminding ourselves to breathe is simple enough, but the act of slowing down and bringing our awareness inward can be difficult. Omid Safi with a reminder that the ritual of respiration can be the place where presence of spirit begins.
A brief meditation on the curious concept of the Möbius strip and how it relates to life itself.
An ethic of care, community, goodwill. These are things we all seek. An intimate account of #BlackLivesMatter capturing the intimacy, challenge, and familial spirit of the movement.
Wise voices remind us that there are realities we can embrace. Writings on the uncomfortable but rewarding work of taking a positive orientation to the speed bumps of life, from the ennui of advanced age to communicating the most difficult truths.
Some of our greatest cultural treasures are seemingly beyond reproach when it comes to honest criticism. Watching The King and I, a composer acknowledges the inherent racism and reflects on how we can appreciate its art and still question in ethical and moral shortcomings alongside its greatness.
Many of us feel cast off and and think we have to go it alone. But what if we took solace in the third refuge of the community? Sharon Salzberg with a video meditation on standing in line and counsel on how we might thrive in our connectedness with one another.
Each year a mysterious gift is delivered to a woman's doorstep on Valentine's Day from a secret admirer. A reflection on expectations and love in all its incarnations.
Einstein and Darwin were some of our most poetic writers. But a bifurcation has taken place, a rupture in the disciplines. A literature professor celebrates the natural symbiosis of the world of facts and the creative word.
Cross-generational relationships may be one of our greatest untapped resources today. But, people in their "third act" of living are creating new encounters and meaningful differences among youth and our communities.
After a stint in the rain, our columnist comes to appreciate a new orientation to gray days, both in meteorology and in life.
Ash Wednesday is often understood as an opportunity to engage in the practice of personal improvement. But, what if it were used to look outward and create a more just, merciful society rather than ending with our hearts?
Life, like verse, contains beauty, grit, and uncomfortable truth. Inspired by a couplet from Thoreau, our columnist reflects on the journey of life as an artistic, creative craft, in the vein of lyrical composition.
Our paths intersect with countless others as we navigate our days, but how often do we live out the potential of these exchanges? Gleanings from the complementary persistence of Super Mario and Sisyphus, the enduring kinship of the Abrahamic family, and the unexpected inspiration to honor a late loved one from a song by Sting.
We often equate ruthless doubt with intelligent discernment. As Sharon Salzberg points out, sitting through the uncertainty can be the surest way to become present to the wisdom of our own intuition.
Once we reach "a certain age," our time can start to feel simultaneously precious and dreadfully empty. Our columnist finds the joy and frustration of entering into a reading group, discovering new hobbies, and rediscovering practices from the past.
Is it possible to teach doctors how to give bad news? A writer's probing reflection on hearing — and giving — the hardest messages to receive.
A song of hard-working shipyards inspires the daughter of an African-American railroad man to honor her father, a man whose quiet strength fueled both his work and his love for family. A testimony to labor and providing for future generations.