By Courtney E. Martin May 08, 2015

Becoming a mother can be a startling experience — a belonging to a communion of motherhood and the stark reality that one's identity will never be the same again. For this upcoming Mother's Day, Courtney Martin contemplates the fragility, fierceness, and myopia of motherhood and the ineffable beauty of being a mother.

By Courtney E. Martin April 17, 2015

A daughter's embarrassment of her mother's alternative approaches to healing turns into a letter of admiration and an apology.

By Courtney E. Martin April 03, 2015

Forgiving yourself for your stupid mistakes can be really difficult. By doing so, though, Courtney Martin argues that you will not only honor those who love you deeply and you will stop beating yourself up in the process.

By Omid Safi April 02, 2015

Who you're going to be and what you're going to become takes time. But, nowadays, getting educated has an extraordinary set of expectations for students. Omid Safi reminds us that students need to be gentle with themselves as they discover what it means to be a human being and not just a human doing.

By Jane Reed March 31, 2015

Though we are taught to forgive from childhood, it is not always so easy to do. A daughter reflects on the burden of her father's perfectionism, the freedom of forgiveness, and the gifts of imperfection.

By Trent Gilliss March 09, 2015

From spectacular images of Holi to supporting an artist that's meant so much to us, this week's capsule shares some of our best work — and those of others.

By Courtney E. Martin March 06, 2015

Part of becoming an adult is learning how to lower your expectations. But parenting a toddler brings different gifts — of rediscovering discovery, reuniting with awe, and finding where the mundane becomes miraculous.

By Parker J. Palmer March 04, 2015

Parker Palmer shares one of his favorite stories about the Dalai Lama and a poem from Stephen Levine on the majesty of humor and love.

By Omid Safi February 26, 2015

We crave community and intimacy. But, are we looking for it in the wrong places — in our phones and mobile devices rather than in each others' eyes? With Rumi as his guide, Omid Safi on needing less digital connection and more rejuvenation of heart and soul.

By Zubin Mistri February 22, 2015

The memory of a father weeping reminds a son how men often don't tend to grief well. But, by sharing emotions, fathers may be a key in helping boys grow into stronger, more compassionate human beings.

By Sisonke Msimang February 13, 2015

Children ask questions that challenge the best of parents. They also expose the weaknesses of our responses. A set of reflections from a black South African mother and activist who is confronted by the truth of her daughter's words and embracing the "weirdness" of their "dark brown and peach" family.

By Courtney E. Martin January 09, 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.

By Courtney E. Martin January 01, 2015

As the siren song of productivity in the new year beckons, our weekly columnist Courtney Martin finds presence and peace of mind in the habits of a less productive but more awesome life.

By Omid Safi December 22, 2014

Oftentimes it's the hardships in life that are considered a test. But, perhaps, some of the deepest lessons of hardship are learned through all the good fortunes and blessings of our lives too.

By Sherry K. Watt November 26, 2014

A powerful commentary from the mother of a black teenage son who says we need to stop talking around the edges of race and address the systemic problem itself: that we see black men as less than human.

By Trent Gilliss November 16, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly post on all things curious and aspiring — on topics from leading a less busy life to seeking rootedness and a cancer patient's call to her senses.

By Courtney E. Martin November 14, 2014

Before conscious time began, someone cared for you. And you survived. A call to action to remember that someone showed up for you over and over and over again.

By Omid Safi November 13, 2014

Following up on the disease of busyness, Omid explores what we lose when we let the overscheduled nature of our lives take precedence over the loved ones we treasure.

By Courtney E. Martin October 24, 2014

It’s fall and things are dying. What least productive practices and mindsets are you working on shedding?

By Courtney E. Martin October 03, 2014

Sometimes the most sacred experiences happen in the most mundane of places: in a big box store, after your spouse empties the litter box, or during an encounter with a taxi driver.

By Trent Gilliss September 28, 2014

Our executive editor rounds up things seen and unseen — from poetry and trees to anger and rhythm.

By Courtney E. Martin September 19, 2014

When life grabs you by the scruff of the neck, how do you cope with the stress and anxiety? A column on the art of reassuring oneself that all will be well.

By Imani Perry September 11, 2014

A powerful essay on the responsibility of raising black sons in America. Against the forces of injustice and the brutal truth of racial inequality, a scholar and a mother finds hope in community and the knowledge that "together we create gardens of possibility in the parched earth."

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 Courtney E. Martin August 22, 2014

When you do too much and say "yes" to too many requests, what happens? Some advice on why it's vital to decline in order to accept the invitations that matter most.