The On Being Project

How to Train Your Mind to Recognize the Love All Around You

by Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg on the many faces of love — with practical tools to find love in everyday moments.

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How to Train Your Mind to Recognize the Love All Around You
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Communal Listening Is Radical Presence

by Mariah Helgeson

Listening is a muscle we can exercise. Communal pondering and the power of the talking circle.

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Communal Listening Is Radical Presence

Joy Is Not a Luxury

by Marie Sambilay

The work of building inclusive spaces is hard, lifelong work. But it can be nourished by a deep sense of abiding joy.

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Joy Is Not a Luxury

Conversation Is Our Prayer to One Another

by Kristin Lin

We often think of conversation as a means to communicate a specific point or a method to shift our perspective. But it can also simply be a vessel for the uncontainable.

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Conversation Is Our Prayer to One Another

The Case for Self-Promotion

by Courtney E. Martin

It’s easy to see self-promotion as an exercise in narcissism. But when exercised with the right intentions and oriented toward societal good, it can be a powerful way to connect with and contribute to the world.

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The Case for Self-Promotion

May We Cherish A Love That is Raw, Gritty, and Real

by Omid Safi

Let us think of love more expansively and celebrate the very act of loving — for its power to connect us with each other, to the world, to God.

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May We Cherish A Love That is Raw, Gritty, and Real

Self-Love Is an Adventure, Not a Destination

by Sharon Salzberg

It takes courage to challenge our cultural story around love. Sharon Salzberg on the unfolding, sometimes tough, process of learning to love yourself.

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Self-Love Is an Adventure, Not a Destination

To Live and To Love in Birdsong

by Parker J. Palmer

There is joy in seeking out the boundless newness of the world. To embrace this is to welcome the uncertain, the mysterious, the unknowable — whether you are in the spring of youth or the sunset of seniority.

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To Live and To Love in Birdsong

The Problem with Seeking the Best for Your Kids

by Courtney E. Martin

How do our duties as citizens map onto our duties as parents? Courtney Martin on the tensions between what is best for her children and what’s best for the world. The first in a reported series on ethical parenting.

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The Problem with Seeking the Best for Your Kids

Community and the Complexities of Presence

by Kristin Lin

L’Arche, a network of intentional communities focused on embracing life with intellectual disability, embodies a deep commitment to community and the value of simply being.

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Community and the Complexities of Presence

What I Did When I Thought I Had Two Hours to Live

by Omid Safi

There will come a time in our lives when we will truly have only two hours to live. How lovely to greet that moment with no regrets, but with a sense of purpose, meaning, love, tenderness, and forgiveness.

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What I Did When I Thought I Had Two Hours to Live
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