Compassion is a virtue, but do we direct it inward as much as outward? Parker Palmer gleans wisdom from Mary Oliver on mending ourselves so that we might be better companions to loved ones in need.
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.
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.
As the days grow shorter and the air grows crisp, Parker Palmer invokes Rainer Maria Rilke on lessons from the season: on having faith when we fall, and trusting in the mysterious resilience of life.
Beyond our busyness and worn-out calendars, Omid Safi seeks out the places where the eternal shines through the temporal — and offers a benediction for the beloved.
To soothe spiritual aches and exult in the bittersweetness of being in the world — a few lines of poetry from beloved voices, from Mary Oliver to Marie Howe.
Marie Howe marks the space left in her life by her late brother — tiny movements and moments now conspicuously absent. A tender elegy for a loved one gone too soon.
In this solemn reflection in summer light, Anita Barrows draws out the sweet tension of sorrow in the midst of beauty.
A life is composed of the ordinary and extraordinary, remarkable and mundane. An expression of gratitude from Carrie Newcomer for all of it, from big love to good coffee.
A reassuring, imagined moment of silence and clarity in the face of a frenetic world, with the guidance of Sylvia Boorstein and Pablo Neruda.
A powerful love is often quiet in its intensity. Alicia Partnoy reads her poem, a love note to love.
From the solemn to the playful, a selection of poetry to comfort and amuse.
A reflection from Christian Wiman on finding God and wonder in all the world's imperfection.
Encouragement from the far shore of life to live fully into the miracle of our existence, with purpose and awe at every waking moment.
Paul Muldoon pauses in a suspended moment, away from the chaos of the world, alone with the soothing roar of rain.
A dawn meditation on the possibility of the day, and the quiet joy of belonging in a space of one’s own.
From Naomi Shihab Nye, a playful address to characters in a life, in all their intriguing mundanity.
Wendell Berry reads his poem, a celebration of human complexity, and the rich truth that emerges in moving against the grain.
A benediction from the late, beloved John O'Donohue, for the consoling embrace of steadiness and clarity in our most difficult moments.
An ode from Elizabeth Alexander to the spaces words fill between us, and to the path they light forward to a transcendent and unifying love.
Parker Palmer shares the poetry of a president: a testament to the healing power of words, and embracing the shadow and light within.
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.
Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.
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.