Witnessing the divorce of his friends, our columnist remembers the rituals of celebration. But, what would it be like to have similar rituals of support when things fall apart?
Times of turmoil can open us to new opportunities. Hopeful and insightful words on how to move forward in this season of political and emotional churn.
Genuine communication is a collaborative process marked by respect. Parker Palmer reminds us of the importance of what we say, how we say it, and how we listen — in politics as in life.
From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what's happening in our collective culture with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.
A helpful word can be a salve, but it's not always what we need. Parker Palmer on the power of quiet, unobtrusive presence to heal in troubled times.
The light of Hanukkah can be found in the voice. A postcard on the fondness of listening and the musical warmth of words.
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.
New horizons yield new sunsets, as does this round-up of awesome things to read, listen to, and see!
While eavesdropping, our columnist witnesses the intimacy of two strangers generously listening to one another — without an intent to save, fix, or advise. A lesson in witnessing over chicken wings.
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!
Advice on living... from saying no to say yes and the lost skills of the cowboy code.
The beloved German theologian offers these words of encouragement (and admonishment) on the sacred duty of listening.
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?
“You can listen to silence Reuven. I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it.”
—Chaim Potok from The Chosen.
Listening entails vulnerability. Listening requires a willingness, even a longing, to understand another.
Listening is not about silence, or passivity. It is the only way to inform and deepen our answers while formulating better questions of ourselves and others.
A dance veteran and teacher shares her philosophy on improvisational dance as "unleashing creativity."