BY Omid Safi October 20, 2016

An account of one man's years with the legendary American bard, who spoke to a desire for authenticity, justice, and love.

BY Trent Gilliss October 18, 2016

Meaning and learning present themselves to us in unexpected ways. Commentaries on keeping ourselves open to surprising lenses on life, and to how they can enrich our relationships, our work, and our play.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 12, 2016

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.

BY Tod Marshall October 10, 2016

In a season of shrill political rhetoric, Washington's poet laureate travels the open road, finding potentiality in the vast landscapes and the communities of his glorious state. Through the arts, he says, we can cultivate a space for the inner life that's at the heart of mystery — and not knowing.

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 Parker J. Palmer September 28, 2016

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.

BY Omid Safi September 22, 2016

A true friendship doesn't only bring support and joy, but also challenges us to grow. Omid Safi reflects on the importance of nurturing relationships that acknowledge our imperfections, and nourish the best in us.

BY Parker J. Palmer September 21, 2016

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.

BY Sarah Smarsh September 13, 2016

Reflecting on a tumultuous summer, Sarah Smarsh leans into the gifts that abound amid tragedy and loss, with hope for our unity and our resilience.

BY Trent Gilliss September 06, 2016

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.

BY Marie Howe September 06, 2016

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.

BY Anita Barrows September 05, 2016

In this solemn reflection in summer light, Anita Barrows draws out the sweet tension of sorrow in the midst of beauty.

BY Carrie Newcomer September 03, 2016

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.

BY Trent Gilliss September 02, 2016

A reassuring, imagined moment of silence and clarity in the face of a frenetic world, with the guidance of Sylvia Boorstein and Pablo Neruda.

BY Alicia Partnoy September 01, 2016

A powerful love is often quiet in its intensity. Alicia Partnoy reads her poem, a love note to love.

BY Trent Gilliss August 30, 2016

From the solemn to the playful, a selection of poetry to comfort and amuse.

BY Christian Wiman August 30, 2016

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

BY Mary Oliver August 29, 2016

Encouragement from the far shore of life to live fully into the miracle of our existence, with purpose and awe at every waking moment.

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 David Whyte August 26, 2016

A dawn meditation on the possibility of the day, and the quiet joy of belonging in a space of one’s own.

BY Naomi Shihab Nye August 25, 2016

From Naomi Shihab Nye, a playful address to characters in a life, in all their intriguing mundanity.

BY Wendell Berry August 23, 2016

Wendell Berry reads his poem, a celebration of human complexity, and the rich truth that emerges in moving against the grain.

BY John O'Donohue August 22, 2016

A benediction from the late, beloved John O'Donohue, for the consoling embrace of steadiness and clarity in our most difficult moments.

BY Elizabeth Alexander August 20, 2016

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.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 17, 2016

Parker Palmer shares the poetry of a president: a testament to the healing power of words, and embracing the shadow and light within.