Tag: silence

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January 4, 2017

After an exchange with an angry man, a poem about a woodland encounter bestows unexpected guidance — about how acknowledging the spaces we share can be what closes the gaps between us.

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July 13, 2016

When the weight of the world is heavy, music can be a balm. A musical offering for this uncertain moment, for mercy and the courage to walk together toward the beloved community.

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July 4, 2016

In our latest Becoming Wise podcast, wanderer and writer Pico Iyer tells of a lifetime of discovering outer stillness as an essential catalyst to a rich inner life.

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April 19, 2016

Waiting for test results in a hospital can be a solitary event. And unexpectedly quiet in certain waiting rooms. Jane Gross on the silent solidarity of women forged while waiting for the results of their mammogram tests each year.

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January 26, 2016

The catharsis of living up to challenge, in all walks of life — essays on powering through the hardest miles in a marathon to facing a crowd of unfamiliar strangers, to reckoning with one’s best and worst selves while reflecting in the solitude of the woods.

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January 25, 2016

How do we reckon with different parts of our lives seemingly in opposition? Neighborliness and fear, togetherness and silence, embracing uncomfortable truths — examinations of finding growth and hope in life’s tensions.

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January 13, 2016

It’s when we sit with our silence that the world opens before us, in ways large and small. Parker Palmer reflects on Gunilla Norris’ poetic words and the regrounding silence brings.

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January 5, 2016

Feeling ill-equipped as a Yankee living in the South, a teacher in Charleston, South Carolina grapples with talking about race with her students and exploring the multiplicity of narratives we so often ignore.

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October 3, 2015

In an increasingly frenetic world, emptying the mind in intentional silence can feel impossible. By returning to the Quaker tradition, one mother rediscovers the solace of communal stillness and embracing the busyness of her thoughts.

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September 10, 2015

For World Suicide Prevention Day, a story of a son’s loss of his father by suicide. The writer Eric Marcus talks about family silence, learning to share his story, and discovering compassion for his father and healing for himself.

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August 25, 2015

This week, our executive editor shares readings on the healing and revealing power of tranquility; inspiration to live with hopeful resilience; and other pieces to inspire us to appreciate the simple beauty in everyday life.

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August 14, 2015

As a society, we tend not to prioritize silence. When we take a moment to listen and to notice, we make space to be amazed. A meditation on silence, slowing down, and paying attention to allow us to be astonished and the people we want to be.

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July 19, 2015

It is enough to be quiet and still. It’s probably best to be in nature, which is God’s untouched world, but if you can’t get there, just take time to find silence wherever you are. A meditation on stillness at Gethsemani, the abbey of Thomas Merton.

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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.

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April 29, 2015

In silence, there is a depth of communion that trumps what we can achieve with words. In laughter, there is a depth of communion that trumps what we can achieve with solemnity. Parker Palmer on shadow and quiet.

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April 22, 2015

Take a break from all of the talk about the planet on this Earth Day and spend a few moments listening to it.

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January 12, 2015

In a somber week, Omid Safi offers a powerful reminder to remember the humanity at stake in world news, Reza Aslan provides needed context, Parker Palmer reflects on the illuminating power of Thomas Merton’s words, a writer muses on our discomfort with death, and Courtney Martin pens a love letter to the shared silences that join us together.

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January 9, 2015

So often it’s the quiet moments with someone that cements and deepens a relationship. An acknowledgement (and a bit of a love letter) to the silence that joins us together.

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December 21, 2014

Darkness draws out our deep-down depths. And, in the northern hemisphere, December’s darkness invites us inward. A lesson in wonder, an elegy for light, and a call to pay attention for the unbroken darkness of a December night.

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November 28, 2014

With the grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown, a school of children’s uncommon silence in New Mexico leads the way to expressing grief and finding a role for our anger.

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September 16, 2014

Poets and philosophers may be the mystics of our day, bridging the two worlds and bearing witness to seen and unseen.

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May 12, 2013

On this Mother’s Day, in some odd way, I can think of no more fitting tribute than to listen to Ms. Boorstein reciting these lovely lines from Pablo Neruda.

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April 24, 2011

A sign hangs on the wall of a Taizé community in Burgundy, France. (photo: forteller/Flickr, cc by-nc-sa 2.0) It is Easter…

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February 26, 2011

A magical description of the primordial silences of people and places outside urban corridors by Taline Voskeritchian.

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November 28, 2010

(photo: Tarah Dawdy/Flickr) Growing up in the thirties and forties, we engaged in the universe at our doorsteps. Summer was…

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