By Mary Oliver October 16, 2015

A poem for the passing of summer, a song for the shadow, and an invocation for attention.

By Mary Oliver October 15, 2015

Poetic expression is a character with many personalities, much like one's favorite pet dog. A new poem from Mary Oliver on the playfulness of writing verse.

By Sharon Salzberg May 17, 2015

The act of letting go is a popular idea — but it isn't easy. It's a practice requiring time, patience, and a good deal of steadfastness. Words of wisdom on acknowledging an experience and changing our relationship to it.

By Sharon Salzberg April 05, 2015

Mindfulness and meditation are becoming pop culture buzzwords. But it isn’t just about hearing, seeing, or observing a particular feeling; it’s about doing so in a certain way — with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Our columnist Sharon Salzberg walks us through the deeper case for mindful attention.

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 Parker J. Palmer February 11, 2015

Cynicism beckons to us with ease at times. But how do we remain open to the good within and around us? A reminder to keep hope alive when the demon inside us bites down. And, lyrical lines from Mary Oliver!

By Mariah Helgeson February 07, 2015

Mary Oliver's poems often feel like prayers as much as poems. In her own voice, she recites one of our favorites that feels like an incantation.

By Trent Gilliss February 01, 2015

A sampling of our best picks of the week on everything from vocation to multitasking, honoring teachers and Alzheimer's patients. And some ways to join On Being in the studio or on your iPad.

By Courtney E. Martin August 29, 2014

Our weekly columnist sends up a white flag to the insurance company, but in the end draws something more precious than money: her time and attention.

By Eric Nelson August 24, 2014

What if an app could track your spiritual health as well as your physical health? A religion reporter wonders what interventions might remind us to pause, pay attention, and shift perspective.

By Mariah Helgeson March 06, 2014

Musicians practice absolutely unmixed attention and listening of a different kind of in the melodies of whale songs. What would we hear if we were truly listening?