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nature

BY Trent Gilliss January 14, 2017

From the mysterious alchemy of place to gut feelings and nature's enveloping soundtrack — investigations into the scenery that colors our inner and outer lives.

BY Fiona Stafford January 05, 2017

A study of the mysterious alchemy of place — not merely somewhere to go, but something rich with the life and memory of those who know it well.

BY Parker J. Palmer January 04, 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.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 07, 2016

As we turn the seasonal corner to the longest nights of the year, a reflection on the time we spend in the darkness, and what we can learn from it before turning back to the light.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 30, 2016

Even at our most broken and scattered, Mary Oliver seems to say, we can uncover new wholeness by examining each shattered piece.

BY Trent Gilliss November 01, 2016

The final week of this presidential election season calls for a poem from Mary Oliver, Parker Palmer on building lives of meaning, and insightful words on "perennials," the anatomy of an apology, and flourishing at home again.

BY Nikaela Marie Peters October 29, 2016

There is beauty in what makes us human, but also in what reveals us as creatures. A woman shares her evolving perspective on the animal nature of family life, and the raw freedom she finds therein.

BY Trent Gilliss October 25, 2016

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.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 05, 2016

An autumnal poem from Linda Pastan guides Parker Palmer to a realization: that we can become enraptured with the world around us once again, if only we revive our childlike capacity for wonder.

BY Paul Elie September 17, 2016

The now-prevalent culture of mastery and expertise take root in ideas of grit and the "10,000-hour rule." But, doing something new for the first time, even just a little, changes your sense of it altogether.

BY Trent Gilliss September 13, 2016

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle on respecting the resilience of nature, new learnings from Krista Tippett on self-compassion in life and career, and more deliberations on living alongside one another.

BY Christian Wiman August 30, 2016

A reflection from Christian Wiman on finding God and wonder in all the world's imperfection.

BY Paul Muldoon August 27, 2016

Paul Muldoon pauses in a suspended moment, away from the chaos of the world, alone with the soothing roar of rain.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 10, 2016

Is a life made, or grown? A contemplation from Parker Palmer and Marge Piercy on the quiet, joyful work of tending to ourselves as wild, flourishing thickets of life.

BY Trent Gilliss August 09, 2016

Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 03, 2016

An invocation for gratitude — for the open spaces around us, for the quiet resilience of nature, and for the power of vulnerability to open us to new possibilities.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 27, 2016

Parker Palmer offers up a remedy for feeling adrift: embracing surprise, and taking on sense of reverence to mystery.

BY Trent Gilliss July 12, 2016

We find ourselves in a time of deep reckoning, and we must turn to each other for companionship and wisdom. Collected guidance on claiming the whole of our identities, and finding compassion for experiences that are not our own.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 06, 2016

Learning from our mistakes doesn't mean we have to obsess over our failures. Parker Palmer and Mary Oliver on the space nature provides for catharsis, so that we can move on to self-forgiveness.

BY Parker J. Palmer June 29, 2016

The enduring beauty of nature can be a comfort, but sometimes our pain needs a more empathetic salve. Parker Palmer turns to the unique, healing power of language in times of darkness and hardship.

BY Sarah Smarsh June 07, 2016

When we over do the things we love, sometimes the solution isn't to do less or more but to do it differently. Sarah Smarsh reflects on treasuring the method of running over the measurement of it — and learning to scramble and splash with intention.

BY Omid Safi June 02, 2016

Inspired by a beautiful hike in the Swiss mountains, Omid Safi with a meditation on the jaggedness of our hearts' stones, then and now. And some photos to illustrate it.

BY Jackson Culpepper May 15, 2016

Glory and beauty are co-opted by our catalogues. A photo-essay deglosses the primordial glory of the natural world to find the stuff of deeper life.

BY Christine Cleary May 02, 2016

Nature cannot erase grief, but makes it easier to bear. A woman holds fleeting memories of familial warmth as she visits mid-coast Maine, and finds solace in the brave journey of the alewives from sea to lake and back again.

BY Trent Gilliss April 26, 2016

We lost a beloved cultural icon last week, and his life of work has inspired an outpouring of love in music and story. Celebrations of Prince's life accompany praise for standing up together, in support of our strengths and growth from moments of weakness.

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