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By Heather McIlvaine May 10, 2014

What is the value of retreating? A life-long retreat-goer thinks about the value of solitude, togetherness, seeking, and the sacredness of close human relationships.

By Mariah Helgeson May 06, 2014

In this photoquote of the day, Annie Dillard reminds us to ride the "monsters down deep."

By Mariah Helgeson May 06, 2014

Join us at 1:00PM (CT) today for a live video stream of our inaugural live event at On Being Studios. It's sure to be a rich discussion about science and religion between two great thinkers.

By Parker J. Palmer May 06, 2014

Parker Palmer turns to a famous Mary Oliver poem to remind him to be grateful for the "family of things."

By Trent Gilliss May 06, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly roundup of all things beautiful and intriguing. This week, an esoteric essay on the Antarctic, magical photography from Iran, and an engaging narrative on the process of dying in India.

By Mariah Helgeson May 05, 2014

A mesmerizing collaboration between Memphis-born street dancer Lil Buck and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. A moment of transcendence that stops you in your tracks and begs to be noticed.

By Rosalie Murphy May 04, 2014

When an aspiring journalist attends a meditation resort in India for a class assignment, she finds herself in an awkward role. Her commentary on experiencing Osho dynamic meditation and finding comfort in her Roman Catholic faith.

By Mariah Helgeson May 01, 2014

If you didn't know it, Krista's a Trekkie. And so was one of our guests. A meeting of two Trekkie minds makes for an endearing few moments between interviewer and interviewee. Listen in.

By Parker J. Palmer April 30, 2014

A vexing question receives a profound answer. And Parker Palmer asks: "What task is calling you — at home, at work, in the larger world — that you need to embrace even though it's impossible?"

By Trent Gilliss April 29, 2014

Wandering about offers signs about honor and honesty, sunset yoga on the Ganges, ways to live and uncover an undivided life, and behind-the-scenes looks of our work. Our look into this week's gems and delights.

By Jason Anthony April 27, 2014

In this final installment of a four-part meditation on the interior emptiness of the East Antarctic ice cap, the author and explore reflects on the impossibility of intimacy in the presence of impermanence.

By Jason Anthony April 27, 2014

In this third essay from a four-part meditation on the interior emptiness of the East Antarctic ice cap, the author and explorer navigates the inner life, an elusive and meandering journey, as he contemplates the solipsistic continent.

By Jason Anthony April 26, 2014

The second of a four-part meditation on the interior emptiness of the East Antarctic ice cap. In "Absence," a reflection on how emptiness feeds a strange beauty, an oblivion of white.

By Jason Anthony April 26, 2014

The first of a four-part meditation on the interior emptiness of the East Antarctic ice cap. In "Arrival, the author explores the dance between ice and idea, wondering how the ice cap "challenges our notions of place and self."

By Trent Gilliss April 25, 2014

The tenth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on envying others.

By Trent Gilliss April 24, 2014

The beloved German theologian offers these words of encouragement (and admonishment) on the sacred duty of listening.

By Parker J. Palmer April 23, 2014

When we live behind a mask, how do we connect and establish trust with one another? Parker Palmer on reclaiming our identity and integrity.

By Mariah Helgeson April 22, 2014

A compilation of tweets from our conversation on the legacy of Gershom Scholem. It overflows with gems of wisdom you'll be glad you read!

By Trent Gilliss April 21, 2014

This week held many surprises, including a lovely take on the story of Mary Magdalene, our first live event in our new studios, a scene from the Boston Public Library, and chopping wood with, yes, a Finnish axe.

By Mariah Helgeson April 21, 2014

A letter from beloved children's author on living out your joy, in whatever form it takes.

By Brittany Deininger April 20, 2014

What in our lives can be unraveled? A poem and a reflection on the raising of Lazarus and the miracle after the miracle of the Easter story.

By Rory Johnson April 17, 2014

Human beings are wired for connection. A commentary on how parallels exist between the “new” seeking in our digital worlds and the ancient seeking via fetish of the Bakongo people of the Congo.

By Parker J. Palmer April 16, 2014

Parker Palmer offers a light-hearted vignette on the unexpected visitor and welcoming her in — all by way of a metaphor by Rumi.

By Trent Gilliss April 15, 2014

The ninth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on being truthful.

By Trent Gilliss April 15, 2014

This week, excellent insights from Howard Thurman and the growing edge of the beginner's mind, a meditation on suffering, advice from Bertrand Russell, and a beautiful photoquote from Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin.

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