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BY February 22, 2014

A creative illustration elevates Dorothy Day’s words on “how to bring about a revolution of the heart” with a t-shirt design.

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BY May 24, 2017

Challenging the notion of the “Muslim world,” what dedication to peace looks like, and the weight words — and actions — carry.

BY May 24, 2017

Beneath the backyard cookouts and parades lingers a quiet and often unnoticed grief. A military counselor on the true heart of Memorial Day: bearing witness to veterans’ stories to bring them fully home.

BY May 24, 2017

Inspired by the quiet eloquence of Hafez and Naomi Shihab Nye, Parker puts forth an appeal for the deliberate, loving care that public life requires of us in these times.

A community of matzah
BY May 23, 2017

There’s no such thing as finding belonging too late. In mid-life, a writer delves into the stories and traditions of her Jewish heritage, and discovers a sense of kinship more extensive and profound than any she’d experienced before.

BY May 20, 2017

Listeners challenge all of us to grow after listening to our interview with Glenn Beck. A writer contemplates her preoccupation with death after he mother’s passing. How men can live longer if they nurture deep friendships. And how humor helps us survive — a preview of the new season of our Creating Our Own Lives podcast.

BY May 19, 2017

A lack of intimate friendships doesn’t just lead to loneliness; it can negatively impact your health, too. Courtney Martin on the particular importance of meaningful relationships between men — and how it can add a few years to men’s lives, to boot.

BY May 18, 2017

We often speak about how best to heal the world around us, but it’s also essential to nurture ourselves. A reflection on self-care as a crucial part of healing one another.

BY May 17, 2017

A young man becomes a listening nomad; a missing violin brings a musician closer to herself; a community of Detroiters meditates with Sylvia Boorstein; Courtney Martin mourns the freedoms of childlessness. Reflections on the unexpected places where we find deep truth in ourselves and each other.

BY May 17, 2017

Parker takes up Jane Kenyon’s gentle challenge: trust in the natural cycles of light and dark, waking and sleep, life and life’s end.

BY May 16, 2017

Literature has the unique power to make us feel less alone in the world by elevating our deepest stories and connecting us beyond the divides of time, space, and politics.

BY May 15, 2017

A balm for burnout: self-love and a guided meditation to empower us to take a stand — literally — for our own right to be happy and whole.

BY May 12, 2017

Parenting is a joy and a gift — but we should also give parents space to acknowledge the lost freedoms of youth that they miss. Courtney looks wistfully back to what life was like before her daughters, alongside the huge love and gratitude she feels for motherhood.

BY May 11, 2017

Heartened by the resilience of nature, Omid reflects on our own capacity to soften and grow, even from the hardest places.

BY May 10, 2017

Our columnists’ vision for a brave future of masculine tenderness; a green-thumb approach to business; and a traveling reading of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”

BY May 10, 2017

An unlikely spring poem from Mary Oliver turns the dazzling darkness of nature into a lesson on embodying simple gratitude for the gifts we’re offered each moment.

BY May 9, 2017

A recent college graduate embarks on a 4,000-mile walking trek across the United States. His only goal is to listen. A powerful story of encounter and lending a kind and judgment-free ear, even when it frightens him.

BY May 8, 2017

The celebrated Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist offers a metta, or lovingkindness meditation for ourselves, our loved ones and strangers far and near.

BY May 6, 2017

Witnessing the faint smile of her dying mother, the daughter of Haitian-Creole parents reflects on why she’s been writing about death and grief ever since — and the cathartic edge of the Book of Revelation and C.S. Lewis.

BY May 6, 2017

The companionship of Thomas Merton; an inspiring faith in our nation’s potential; and the spiritual work of environmental care.

BY May 5, 2017

Can we learn to be tender even if we can’t fix each other’s pain? How would our world be different if men had permission to be vulnerable in public?

BY May 4, 2017

Wounds do not heal simply with the passing of time, but time does give us the tools to endure them. On learning to live with the unimaginable.

BY May 3, 2017

Do trees photosynthesize the soul as well as sunlight? With a poem by W.S. Merwin, an appreciation for trees and the spiritual wisdom they impart.

BY May 2, 2017

In these uncertain times, a young scholar turns to the wisdom of the fathers of the humanities and the mooring of beauty and healing they provide.

BY April 28, 2017

Setting aside time to disengage; hacking the brain; getting real about connection — wisdom from Ian Caldwell, Sharon Salzberg, George Shultz, and more.

BY April 28, 2017

Inspired by the Pope’s TED Talk, Courtney issues an invitation and a challenge to slow down, notice, and make room for brave tenderness.