On the Blog
On the Blog
The hard work of hope involves the discipline to embrace the unknown and the uncontrollable — one day at a time.
An opportunity to embrace not just life as it is, but also life as it could be — if not in this life, then in the next.
What is lost when we no longer look to those who’ve gone before us for guidance? Omid Safi asks us to look beyond self-help towards the lost art of apprenticeship.
Parker Palmer asks us to consider: Are we using whatever power we have in the service of love? In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy.
Heroes aren’t made by the uniforms they wear — they’re distinguished by moral acts that defy convention.
We’ve built boundaries between what we consider the cultural, human realm and the world of nature. But there are ever-widening cracks in that wall — and something to be learned about the question of belonging.
It is not enough to view social injustice as simply a problem to be solved, or a series of data points to be analyzed and understood. Allyship and activism require a deeper compassion, one that creates space for us to sit with each other’s pain.
Winter’s coldness has Omid Safi searching for warmth in his mother’s lentil soup — and asking what it means to find comfort and nourishment in each other. He shares the recipe and some food for thought.
A poem from Mary Oliver transforms the depths of winter into wonder at its otherworldly beauty.
We think of it as a spiritual practice, but in truth, mindfulness meditation is an exercise in cognitive self-examination. On the Buddhist practice as a powerful tool for all — for understanding ourselves and our enemies with more depth and compassion.
Your 40s can be messy and spiritually challenging. But with medieval mystics Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich as her guides, Kaya Oakes uncovers a new truth: middle age is the singular time for creative rebellion.
New Poet Laureate Tracy K. Chapman mingles the banality of cramped living with questions of the cosmic divine.
Our world is filled with the sounds of human progress. 2017 Poet Laureate Tracy K. Chapman’s poem invites us to awaken to the silence around us.
John O’Donohue with a gift for the tired soul. A poem on slowing down until our strength to move forward returns to us.
Courtney offers seven searching questions to help you enter the coming year primed for growth.
The greatest love is not extravagant or glamorous, but like good leather or a favorite pair of jeans, wears in and softens with us through the years.
A blessing and a challenge for the holidays: to keep a spirit of gratitude and giving no matter the season.
Sharon Salzberg on how to relate to the people whose views we find repugnant and frightening and with whom we can’t imagine standing on common ground.
Eugene Peterson reflects on the spiritual concept of “congruence” and the life-long endeavor of matching inner life to outer behavior.
The pain and gift of the end of life, and the truths that dying reveals at the heart of being human.
Following the president’s decision to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem, our columnist reminds us that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a simple question of theology. It is wrapped up in political, historical, and colonialist motivations that prevent the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities from reaching a peace in the holy city that all can share.
From the solitude of nature, a poem on reclaiming a sense of welcome in our own lives.
We’re told what success and fulfillment look like at every stage of life. But do external standards set us up for a feeling of failure? On the transformation of turning 40 — and middle age as a singular threshold of becoming.
If you want to lead others, learn to be alone with your thoughts. A penetrating contemplation of what great leadership requires: a steady independence of mind that only comes with solitude.
Courtney Martin delves into America’s dysfunctional relationship with sex, money, and power — and calls for a rethinking of sex education, to reflect the actual complexity and broad range of how human sexuality gets expressed and must be honored.