Pablo Neruda’s “Keeping Quiet”

Trent T. Gilliss

is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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September 2nd, 2016

A reassuring, imagined moment of silence and clarity in the face of a frenetic world, with the guidance of Sylvia Boorstein and Pablo Neruda.

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August 30th, 2016

From the solemn to the playful, a selection of poetry to comfort and amuse.

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August 23rd, 2016

Profound moments of wisdom and change are often found in the interstitial spaces: in an exchange overlooked, in stories not shared. A collection of unexpected moments of beauty, curated by our executive editor.

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August 16th, 2016

From the inspiration and discipline we learn from sport to opening up to the experience of strangers, a digest of interesting writings on the ways we evolve together: physically, spiritually, and creatively.

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August 9th, 2016

Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.

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August 2nd, 2016

A dispatch from across the pond on frank and generous response to difficult questions, and hovering in a magical, suspended moment.

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July 26th, 2016

The tension we’re living through requires our sincerest attention, but we must also nurture our relationships with joy. Trent Gilliss offers hopeful words on fostering communities of humility and understanding, with love and laughter at their center.

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July 19th, 2016

Our days have been marked by pain and gaps in understanding. The enduring presence of kindness, mercy, poise, and the beauty of music provide guidance in harrowing times.

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July 12th, 2016

We find ourselves in a time of deep reckoning, and we must turn to each other for companionship and wisdom. Collected guidance on claiming the whole of our identities, and finding compassion for experiences that are not our own.

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July 12th, 2016

After arriving in the U.S. in the 1930s, Albert Einstein witnessed the inequities and injustices done to black Americans. Read his little-known essay from 1946 about the “deeply entrenched evil” as he saw it then, and that pervades this country today.

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July 7th, 2016

How do we enrich, rather than enforce, our historical perspective? These collected writings give a new lens on which stories serve us and where we encounter them.

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June 28th, 2016

Do we need others to see ourselves clearly? Curated reads on our need for empathy, and its power to unearth and reconcile what’s hidden within.

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June 21st, 2016

In the wake of tragedy, how do we respond with resilience? How do we continue to love across boundaries?

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June 14th, 2016

Writings on transcending social, psychological, and physical boundaries, and coming together in deeper connection with ourselves and each other.

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June 7th, 2016

Physical presence and inner life are more integrated than we might imagine. Meditations on how we move through stress, our relationship with the body, and making meaning in the rhythms of everyday life.

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May 31st, 2016

Collected counsel on forging meaning and joy from our suffering, and finding calm in times of tension.

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May 25th, 2016

How do we cut through distraction to nurture our best selves forward? Our executive editor shares reflections on rediscovering the glory around and within us, from the journey of an olympic runner, to the lyrical labyrinth of rap, to healing the void of loss with art and memory.

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May 18th, 2016

Behold! A sneak preview of Creating Our Own Lives, an exciting, new addition to our portfolio of podcasts! Plus, our executive editor selects some of the most intriguing reads on female sex positivity, evolving definitions of motherhood, democracy’s doctors, and the cultural treasures binding us together.

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May 14th, 2016

When grief or hardship strike, they are best borne out in solidarity. Trent Gilliss serves up readings on our collective sorrow and celebration in the passing of our heroes, and taking a new perspective on the grit of beauty, nature, and family.

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May 4th, 2016

From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what’s happening in our collective culture with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.

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April 26th, 2016

We lost a beloved cultural icon last week, and his life of work has inspired an outpouring of love in music and story. Celebrations of Prince’s life accompany praise for standing up together, in support of our strengths and growth from moments of weakness.

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April 19th, 2016

The architecture around us inhabits the vernacular of our lives. Our executive editor with this week’s letter from Loring Park welcoming our new columnist Sarah Smarsh, who joins a collective contemplation of where and how we navigate our lives in faith, family, and citizenship.

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April 12th, 2016

Executive editor Trent Gilliss with reflections on the surprise of authorship, and offerings from other places where the tension makes life feel fullest.

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April 8th, 2016

The announcement of our newest podcast offering contemplations on the nature of participation in the world, and opportunities to become inextricable from the questions.

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March 29th, 2016

With the arrival of spring come realizations of the capacity waiting within, among, and around us. Writings on discovering our true abundance of love, community, and self, particularly in the places where they have seemed absent.

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March 22nd, 2016

Life is a long haul, and wisdom is knowing when to surge forth, and when to pause. Reflections on the value of spending time in spaces of uncertainty and pain before charging courageously ahead.

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March 15th, 2016

The wisdom we yearn for abounds in quiet spaces of dignity. Trent Gilliss with writings on our need for rhetoric of acceptance, the spirituality inherent in our given and chosen families, and the birth of a book years in the making.

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March 8th, 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.

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March 4th, 2016

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

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March 1st, 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.

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February 29th, 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.

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February 16th, 2016

Wise voices remind us that there are realities we can embrace. Writings on the uncomfortable but rewarding work of taking a positive orientation to the speed bumps of life, from the ennui of advanced age to communicating the most difficult truths.

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February 9th, 2016

Our paths intersect with countless others as we navigate our days, but how often do we live out the potential of these exchanges? Gleanings from the complementary persistence of Super Mario and Sisyphus, the enduring kinship of the Abrahamic family, and the unexpected inspiration to honor a late loved one from a song by Sting.

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February 2nd, 2016

Might we understand each other better if we dropped our assumptions and reframed the questions we ask? The contemplative season sparks ruminations on how we might be more generous in imagining our neighbors, and ourselves.

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January 26th, 2016

The catharsis of living up to challenge, in all walks of life — essays on powering through the hardest miles in a marathon to facing a crowd of unfamiliar strangers, to reckoning with one’s best and worst selves while reflecting in the solitude of the woods.

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January 25th, 2016

How do we reckon with different parts of our lives seemingly in opposition? Neighborliness and fear, togetherness and silence, embracing uncomfortable truths — examinations of finding growth and hope in life’s tensions.

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January 12th, 2016

What happens when we open ourselves to the gift of vulnerability? Profound voices on public displays of emotion in politics, the making of identity, the inspiration of wilderness, and advice from a classical pianist on pursuing what moves you and being glad in others’ good fortunes.

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January 5th, 2016

A gracious and unexpected gift from the band Radiohead for the new year and a medley of guiding essays on revolutions and resolutions, ending arrogance, love of wide open spaces, embracing family and more. Our executive editor’s Letter from Loring Park to kick off 2016.

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January 3rd, 2016

A gorgeous, inspiring video showcasing vast tracts of wilderness coupled with powerful words from Emerson, Muir, Stegner, and other icons of conservation and appreciation.

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January 1st, 2016

The superband’s submission for Bond immortality was rejected. But it’s their response that seems like the right thing to carry into 2016.

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December 29th, 2015

Pining for some more glühwein, our executive editor recommends some reading by Eula Biss and Neil Gaiman, articles on covering gun violence and living Advent, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra opening its arms to refugees in Canada, and a historic but little-heard sermon from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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December 25th, 2015

On this Christmas day, read Dr. King’s final Christmas sermon from 1967 — a prescient reminder of our interconnected world in 2015, with neighbors living halfway around the world and in our backyard today.

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December 24th, 2015

Listen to this enchanting rendition of a holiday classic, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, read by celebrated writer Neil Gaiman in the way Dickens intended.

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December 22nd, 2015

With 2015 drawing to a close, our Letter from Loring Park features stirring essays and homespun music focusing on the true importance of Advent, the celebration of Rumi, and reimagining the icons and traditions of our popular culture.

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December 15th, 2015

A dispatch from Austria as our team interview Br. David Steindl-Rast in the Alpine setting of St. Gilgen, a contemplation on the quiet character of Advent, and reminders for us to continue seeking light where we can as Hanukkah comes to a close.

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December 6th, 2015

Our Sunday morning cantor is the talented Dessa with a stripped-down choral piece sure to make the spirit soar.

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November 24th, 2015

Recovery in the wake of trauma is a struggle, one we must sometimes work through collectively. Some guiding voices on thinking about grief and hardship with complexity — and move forward in a constructive and compassionate way.

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November 23rd, 2015

The hope for the future lies in the lyrics and the spoken words of Prince EA. See how wise and beautiful we are capable of becoming.

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November 13th, 2015

It’s important to feel gratitude for the small things in life: moments of calm, the love we experience and witness, the qualities that make us and our children unique — and well-designed book covers! A collection of writings on how we can more wisely approach the highs and lows of the daily journey.

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November 5th, 2015

The paths we walk through life can be rife with obstacles, some small and others that seem unsurmountable. A few reminders we’re not alone in our struggles, and that nurturing our connection with those around us can help us thrive in this complex world.