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BY February 7, 2017

A writer turns away from what’s toxic on social media and chooses self-care in this cultural moment.

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BY March 14, 2016

Homelessness is present on the streets of Denver each day. So are stories of resilience, compassion, and dignity even through life’s most difficult trials. A live-in volunteer at a Catholic Worker house realizes that we find home in those with whom we journey through our toughest moments.

BY March 13, 2016

Working through discomfort doesn’t mean denying our suffering. Instead, Sharon Salzberg suggests a better way to move forward: allowing ourselves to feel pain without judgment, and accepting the validity of our own emotions.

BY March 12, 2016

Autism is often depicted in limited terms, as a social deficit. A poet who works with the autistic community learns a valuable lesson about a different way of seeing through an experience with a red-tailed hawk.

BY March 12, 2016

With political rhetoric stirring people to anger, Mohammed Fairouz calls for us to cease and desist with our blunt use of destructive language and use our highest forms of linguistic expression.

BY March 11, 2016

The things a parent is willing to do for, and put up with, her child is beyond comprehension. A thriving, non-religious mother talks meaningful about the spiritual experience of raising a child.

BY March 10, 2016

Reflecting on a line from Wendell Berry, our columnist Omid Safi reflects on our collective worthiness for love and the gift we deserve regardless of our circumstances or stations in life.

BY March 9, 2016

The greatest threat to American democracy doesn’t come from outside but from within. Parker Palmer serves up three traits to look for in a fascist leader — and words and a poem from Abraham Lincoln and W.H. Auden.

BY March 8, 2016

From an eloquent and soul-touching tune, to testaments of moving forward from complex suffering, our executive editor shares demonstrations of the boundless and surprising bravery of which we are all capable.

BY March 8, 2016

How do you know when it’s time to say goodbye? For pets and people both, it’s not always clear when the time has come. Jane Gross on watching her dog die and reckoning with the decision of when to let go.

BY March 7, 2016

In the dissonant landscape of central Jersey, a writer reaches for the pristine beauty of Merton’s Gethsemani and finds instead beauty in asphalt and fluorescence in her backyard.

BY March 5, 2016

There’s comfort in the ideal of perfection. But in this pursuit, we can trap ourselves in the striving. Sharon Salzberg on accepting imperfection as the unexpected path to spiritual fulfillment.

BY March 5, 2016

Each year in New York during the marathon, an intimate gathering of Holocaust survivors come together. A tapestry of memory unfolds, telling the powerful stories of the survivors and the courageous people who protected them.

BY March 4, 2016

A musician from the shores of Lake Superior sings a haunting melody that speaks to the spaces between your cells.

BY March 4, 2016

What has your grandest adventure been? Between adventure and safety lies a world of possibility. Courtney Martin’s case for gutsy endeavors, big and small.

BY March 3, 2016

We often talk about breaking bread around the dinner table, but what about baking bread in community. A young woman shares her encounter with making challah, reconnecting to tradition through intimacy, and reimagining ritual in a secular age.

BY March 3, 2016

Presidential politics and front-running candidates are prompting some Americans to ask the question, “Where would I move to?” Omid Safi prompts another kind of reckoning — of an America yet that has yet to be.

BY March 2, 2016

An encouragement from our house sage to see what others don’t and not be afraid to show others that vision.

BY March 1, 2016

What happens when we go too far in pushing against the “other” — whether in asserting our identity or in protecting ourselves from danger? Reminders that we must also open ourselves to the vulnerability of acknowledging our dignified differences and common ground.

BY & Haleema Shah March 1, 2016

Our names are rife with meaning, stories we claim and others we discard. Listen to this group of “audio selfies,” including one with Parker Palmer, exploring how our identity is formed by the names we’re given, the ones we take, and the ones we long for but never quite materialize.

BY February 29, 2016

Our sense of connection to each other can feel lost, but support and goodwill come to the fore when we need it most. Returning from a mournful period of loss, our executive editor shares his wonder at the spaces in our lives where the warmth of kinship and community still shine through.

BY February 28, 2016

In the waiting room of a doctor’s office, the dramas of life and death play out quietly. A reflection on the power of paying attention to the stranger, and to the burdens we all carry.

BY February 27, 2016

The lingering pain of a traumatic history can create a sense of helplessness. But, reflecting on her family’s suffering during the Holocaust, Sharon Salzberg realizes our redemptive agency in forming the path we take forward.

BY February 27, 2016

“Why did you stay?” A brave woman recounts her own encounter with domestic abuse and unravels the complexity of human relationships — of love and loss, of violence and tenderness, of the vicious cycles we sometimes can’t extract ourselves from.

BY February 26, 2016

A mentor-mentee relationship, like any good one, requires commitment, openness, and honesty. Courtney Martin gives counsel on building relationships of mutual joy and learning with those in our lives whom we admire.

BY February 25, 2016

The spiritual life of Black Lives Matter activists is rarely covered. An illuminating profile of Patrisse Cullors on the spiritual work of social change and “her dedication to radical healing, spiritual practice and self-care.”

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