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By Joshua Stanton June 18, 2015

Fortified by forward-looking Muslim leaders and thinkers in the United States, a Jewish man seeks to "hear truth from whatever source it comes" even, and perhaps especially, those with whom he may never see eye-to-eye with about faith itself.

By Omid Safi June 18, 2015

With a vivid retelling of a story from the sage poet Rumi, Omid Safi on the wisdom of chickpeas and going from a state of hardness to one of softness — and being on fire.

By Parker J. Palmer June 17, 2015

Father's Day is just around the corner in the U.S. Parker Palmer shares some of his dad's most humorous gems and a poem by Dana Gioia to celebrate all the men in our lives.

By Catherine Ann Lombard June 16, 2015

Gandhi once said, “To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” And, gardening, our author says, can be a precise mirror for the soul. A story of friendship, vigil, and tending and depending upon the Earth from the bucolic fields of the Italian countryside.

By Trent Gilliss June 15, 2015

From being spiritually bold to praising softness, perspectives on exploring life from inside and out.

By Sharon Salzberg June 14, 2015

To be faithful and to practice faith in the Buddhist sense of the word, one must walk a path of doubt — one of honest questioning and active investigating. An enlightening column from Sharon Salzberg.

By Monica Devine June 13, 2015

With an unexpected, unfolding kinship with her horse, a yoga instructor finds a path to revealing — and healing — old wounds. An arresting essay on the wondrous beauty of relationship.

By Courtney E. Martin June 12, 2015

Compartmentalizing can be a useful tool — whether dealing with the empty voids of our working lives, or the prolonged absence from the ones you love — in making it possible to live a whole life.

By Omid Safi June 11, 2015

A metaphorically rich reminder that the "hard" values we so often revere and strive for in this modern world often supplant the necessary gentleness required to cultivate relationships, understanding, and love of one another.

By Parker J. Palmer June 10, 2015

In remembering a great civil rights leader not many know of, Parker Palmer shares a story about a man of few words.

By Eboo Patel June 09, 2015

Who was Vincent Harding? A story of an encounter that happened but was never realized as one man focused on success while ignoring the outstretched hand of a quiet legend.

By Sharon Salzberg June 07, 2015

So often in the West we believe that the most genius works of art are created with suffering and torment. But, the Dalai Lama might say happiness is the foundation of great creativity of all kinds.

By Trent Gilliss June 06, 2015

A collection of what we're reading and publishing — from Lord of the Rings and love to Springsteen's tribute to Townsend!

By Courtney E. Martin June 05, 2015

How can we encourage our children (and ourselves) to work hard at mastering skills that evade us? Courtney Martin on delaying judgment, giving time to develop grit and resilience, and flailing at those things we're not naturally good at.

By Omid Safi June 04, 2015

A viral post showing images inside the sacred site in Mecca inspired awe and adoration from Muslims around the world, and controversy. But Omid Safi finds power in the revelation of the center, the heart of the Ka'ba, and an opportunity to turn inward to the beloved.

By Parker J. Palmer June 03, 2015

With Gerard Manley Hopkins as his guide, Parker reflects on the sacredness and beauty of life and difference.

By Andréana E. Lefton June 02, 2015

A small-town Quaker meeting inspires a meditation on the collective human silence, and the communion that brings points of orientation in a disorienting world.

By Trent Gilliss June 01, 2015

With a mix of banjos and bedlam, a review of on what we're reading, writing, and printing this week — all good for the sharing.

By Sharon Salzberg May 31, 2015

With news reports swirling about the fallibility of structures, the Buddha's teachings on volition point us to the crucial importance of our own intentions, the responsibility in our actions, and therefore for our own freedom. An outlook on a way forward to our own accountability.

By Elizabeth Aquino May 30, 2015

Rather than grieve for the loss of “normalcy,” a mother of a child with refractory seizure disorder chooses to exult in her being exactly the way she is. Weaving in the Four Noble Truths, she marvels at the gifts of intimacy, false notions of power and control, and the hope and humor that follows.

By Mia Birdsong May 29, 2015

A mother reflects on curating an updated library of children's literature for her daughter to read — one that speaks to "the full spectrum of brown and black folks to mitigate the future onslaught of ubiquitous whiteness" and people she could imagine being.

By Omid Safi May 28, 2015

A powerful lesson on the allure of the ego and the mystery of love expressed through the mythology of the Lord of the Rings and the poetry of Rumi.

By Parker J. Palmer May 27, 2015

Inspired by the words and actions of Thich Nhat Hanh, Parker Palmer asks what it means to hold our differences in ways that open us to possibilities we never would have imagined.

By Lauren Small May 26, 2015

Pediatric oncologists and parents alike are searching for someone to help them bear the suffering they must witness. An essay reflecting on doctors, Dante, and treating children with cancer.

By Barbara Mahany May 25, 2015

The Magic Hedge is an oasis on the outskirts of Chicago renowned for its excellent birdwatching. With the hopes of sighting of a rare bird, two friends venture forth to encounter small miracles, the warmth of unexpected community, and the blessings of stillness.

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