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By Dennis S. Ross May 02, 2015

"Ritual does for behavior what poetry does for words." When the hope of youthful enthusiasm turns grim and gray and the spiritual challenge of uncertainty beckons, a rabbi finds hope in ritual as poetry in action, recognizing the spirituality in the routine, recapturing the sacred in the mundane, and rediscovering beauty in the ordinary.

By Omid Safi April 23, 2015

How do we sit with suffering? A lyrical pondering on how things fall apart — and worlds open anew.

By Parker J. Palmer April 22, 2015

We all have one of those transcendent moments when we're immersed in nature and experience the immensity of it all. On this Earth Day, Parker Palmer shares one of those times while camping in the Grand Canyon.

By Trent Gilliss April 21, 2015

From our gatherings in Louisville to the ekphrastic poetry for Yom HaShoah, a wealth of reading and exploring this week.

By Howard Richard Debs April 15, 2015

Can there be and should there be Holocaust poetry? A poet investigates the need for memory and retelling through a series of ekphrastic poems for Yom HaShoah.

By Parker J. Palmer April 15, 2015

Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering. But how do we turn the power of suffering toward new life? It depends on our willingness to exercise our hearts so that when suffering strikes, they are suppler and more able to break open to new life.

By Trent Gilliss April 13, 2015

We celebrate National Poetry Month, welcome our new columnist Sharon Salzberg, and imbibe the magic of k.d. lang's version of "Hallelujah" in this week's thread of good reads.

By Esther Cohen April 09, 2015

Some days you remember forever and ever. A picture and a poem to celebrate Haggadah possibilities during Passover.

By Omid Safi April 09, 2015

Omid Safi steps forward with this lyrical reflection on wounds and healing, cracking more whole, and being the person we want to become.

By Esther Cohen April 08, 2015

A rabbi once said that life consists of 72 stories. As we yearn to find ways to be together in this world, we're reminded that it’s always in the telling.

By Parker J. Palmer April 08, 2015

We all want to be of service, to be needed and of use to others and to ourselves. Parker Palmer tells the playful story of a neighbor who takes this to an extreme.

By Trent Gilliss April 07, 2015

Points of beauty and perspective to mark the holy week, including a stirring rendition of Blake's "Jerusalem," a favorite essay on the woman at the heart of Easter Sunday, musings on yoga spirituality for atheists, the opposite of shame, the need for gentleness, the insights of dependence, and the adventure of being born baffled.

By Joan White April 06, 2015

A practicing Zen Buddhist pens an ode to the late poet Galway Kinnell by drawing on tradition and the art of the back-handed compliment.

By Trent Gilliss March 30, 2015

Morsels to savor — all in one digest — on wonder and beauty, brokenness and healing, musicals and parenting. Get caught up in a few minutes!

By Parker J. Palmer March 25, 2015

How do we celebrate our diminishment as we age? We look for beauty in "that which the world rejects as ugly."

By Parker J. Palmer March 18, 2015

Regret and humility are two ways we relate to the past, but they can spawn very different approaches to life. Embracing adversity can open up hope for the future depending on how we embrace it.

By Parker J. Palmer February 25, 2015

Aided by Hafiz, Parker Palmer reminds us that the inner life does not have to be a somber one, but a life rich with experience.

By Parker J. Palmer February 18, 2015

We are told to embrace the fact that death is part of life. Embracing emotional honesty, Parker Palmer shakes his salty fist at fate's inevitable hand with a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

By Parker J. Palmer February 11, 2015

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!

By Trent Gilliss February 09, 2015

In a rare interview with the master poet, she recites her classic poem — and tells the story of how "Wild Geese" came into being. It might surprise you.

By Mariah Helgeson February 07, 2015

Mary Oliver's poems often feel like prayers as much as poems. In her own voice, she recites one of our favorites that feels like an incantation.

By Parker J. Palmer December 31, 2014

On this New Year's Eve, our weekly columnist wrestles with the uncertainty of the year to come. Rather than making resolutions, he poses five questions to ask yourself to carry into the New Year.

By Esther Cohen December 17, 2014

A prayer for the poet who doesn't pray. The second in an eight-part series from a photographer and a poet exploring the sacred in the mundane.

By Parker J. Palmer December 17, 2014

In a world of fomenting darkness, a poem calls us to be beacons of light in the shadow for others to be guided by.

By Parker J. Palmer December 14, 2014

A tribute to the children and adults who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School honored with a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. A list we must return to and remember out of love and hope for a safer world.

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