On the Blog
Chutzpah, humility, and risk-taking are all necessary ingredients in this delightful duet with Billy Joel and a college freshman.
Nowadays there are unintended consequences for just about everything we do. An encouragement to strive for curiosity over goodness, to seek gentleness over righteousness, and engage with ethics as a process rather than a destination.
Dispatches from PopTech, a magnificent essay on Bach, an invitation to find the autobiography of your voice, a meditation on the splendor of Autumn, and an instructive essay on shedding old mindsets.
In a world where we feel more connected to friends on social media friends than our next-door neighbors, an argument that finds hope in Halloween and its ability to bring community together — even if only for a few magical hours.
With the elections next week, a story of forgiveness and redemption from a civil rights legend.
Riding the El train in Chicago prompts this essay on the pervasive grip of harshness and the vitality of gentleness. How can we be gentle with others when we struggle with being gentle with our selves first?
A line-up of fascinating bits from a gorgeous duet to your greatest musical moment, from prescient advice on over-working to being children of the moment. Read on.
A computer scientist's thorough and jaunty romp through Johann Sebastian Bach's most spectacular feats of musical engineering. An open invitation for Bach aficionados and novices alike to turn on the volume. If music be the food of love, read on.
It’s fall and things are dying. What least productive practices and mindsets are you working on shedding?
As the chlorophyll fades and the splendor of fall emerges, a meditation on color, mortality, and divine presence — complemented with the poetry of Rumi and Farid un-Din Attar.
As we acknowledge the pain and suffering in the world, we must also look for the possibility within us as we aim to change what's wrong.
What is the autobiography of your voice? An invitation to write the story of your voice and allow yourself to be surprised.
With the ever-widening wealth gap between the rich and the poor, statistics abound. But they fail to animate the human spirit. Story is a way into history and "teaching our hearts how to live as choiceful human beings."
Sometimes the lead is the anecdote. A humorous story from a Nobel laureate that will bring a smile to your face and other instruction on powering down, offering help, bearing responsibility, and mystical connections.
More than 50 years ago, Thomas Merton warned that the pressure of modern life might distract us from the wisdom that makes work fruitful.
A page torn from an ancient woman's journal prompts this poetic meditation on brokenness and beauty.
An encouragement to be "children of the moment," a people with the spiritual discipline of being fully present in the here and now.
What's that one song you listen to over and over again? The one that elevates you to a space bigger than yourself, the one that gives you chills every time you hear it play. Share and we just may reach out to you for the next installment of the Your Audio Selfie project.
There is a place beyond exhaustion, when asking 'What can I do to help?' is inadequate and burdensome. A commentary on how we can practice the art of generosity, to reach beyond the ease of asking towards the grit of doing.
Highlights of some of the most heartening work our executive editor has read this past week, including Tara Mohr's advice to women on taking in criticism, seeing the sacred in the mundane, engaging our prophets, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into photos we chose.
The poet W.S. Merwin calls us to our mystical connections with the people in front and behind us.
The power of song on the radio connects three worlds to one woman, ushering her into the eternal present by conjuring up memories of the past.
Invoking the words of Heschel, a Muslim scholar hearkens back to the prophetic tradition and asks what it means to be morally responsible in a world of ISIS and American empire?
In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.