The On Being Project

The Blue House That I Loved

by Kao Kalia Yang

In a plot of grass, behind a bar on Payne, right off Maryland Avenue on the east side of St. Paul there was once a blue house that I loved.

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The Blue House That I Loved
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Anchorage: A Poem

by Joy Harjo

A poem by Joy Harjo on place, memory, trauma — and wondrous, radical survival.

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Anchorage: A Poem

The Body Remembers

by Courtney E. Martin

New research reveals that trauma experienced in childhood has longterm damaging effects on quality of life and lifespan. But the same research shows that adults play a critical role in helping children overcome this damage.

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The Body Remembers

A Faith That Is Anchored and Sustained

by Omid Safi

The marrow of our existence — that deep understanding and commitment to tenderness — is just as important as the rituals, traditions, and ideologies that structure our lives.

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A Faith That Is Anchored and Sustained

A Prayer for When We Wake Up Empty and Frightened

by Parker J. Palmer

A reminder for beauty and gratitude in a time when gun violence is at the heart of our public consciousness.

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A Prayer for When We Wake Up Empty and Frightened

What Is Really Lost When You Compare Yourself To Others

by Sharon Salzberg

Quieting your tendency to compare yourself to others can allow you to more fully enjoy the present moment — and fully claim your life.

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What Is Really Lost When You Compare Yourself To Others

Everyone Deserves Good Design

by John Cary

Good design creates space for beauty, dignity, and life to flourish — and we shouldn’t think of that as a luxury.

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Everyone Deserves Good Design

We Need Courage, Not Hope, to Face Climate Change

by Kate Marvel

Where do we go when we are beyond hope? A climate scientist reflects on the courage we need to accept that we must continue to pursue solutions, even in the face of failure.

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We Need Courage, Not Hope, to Face Climate Change

The Tree Did Not Die

by Omid Safi

The resilience of redwood trees is a beautiful metaphor for the great vitality and growth that can come from life’s deepest wounds.

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The Tree Did Not Die

Never Forget What You Can Do

by Parker J. Palmer

The depth of understanding that diversity can bring is rooted in each of our commitment to never forget our own, small contribution to the world.

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Never Forget What You Can Do

A Refugee Woman on Antidepressants

by Kao Kalia Yang

The doctors said they could not change the conditions of her life, that the only thing they could do was change the conditions of her head. No one knew what to do with her heart.

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A Refugee Woman on Antidepressants