is a columnist for On Being. He is a Quaker elder, educator, activist, and founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His books include A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, and Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. His book On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old will be published in June.
To see life steadily and see it whole, we must find ways to hold the paradox of life-in-death and death-in-life.
Fragility and vulnerability are rare qualities in today’s political climate. But perhaps that — above all else — is what connects us to each other.
To age with grace and humor is to be continually open to the wonder, mystery, and difficulty of our world.
The dread that comes with charting unknown territory is also an opportunity to embrace new forms of self knowledge — to experience what Wendell Berry calls “our essential loneliness.”
Life is complexity and mystery; so is the poetry and beauty we find in it.
The constant and unrelenting motion of life can make us forget to notice the richness of stillness, of pause. A poem from Pablo Neruda to help you remember.
The galaxy of your inner life is as rich as the sky, as deep as the universe. Parker Palmer shares a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.
A reflection on living and aging through the poetry of Mary Oliver.
When mornings and evenings roll along, watch how they open and close, how they invite you to the long party that your life is.
As spring approaches — a reminder to open the love letters that nature sends us — in every season.