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BY November 17, 2017

Sharon Salzberg’s advice for difficult conversations with family at Thanksgiving? Practice listening from a place of generosity and love — whether you agree or not.

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BY January 11, 2016

When we strip away various veneers, what are we left with? Sharon Salzberg on the practice of letting go of denial and the uncomfortability of avoidance.

BY January 10, 2016

When a new beginning is ushered in with thunderous disappointment, it may be time to change it up. Jane Gross on keeping hope despite life’s lemons.

BY January 9, 2016

What does it mean to carry a gun and “love your neighbor”? A writing instructor delves into the idea of neighborliness and fear through her training as a tutor and a pivotal passage from the Bible.

BY January 8, 2016

For a brief, unexpected moment this past Tuesday, politics let down its guard. And so did much of America. President Obama’s display of a emotion opens up our columnist to her own humanity and faith in politics… if only for a fleeting moment.

BY January 7, 2016

A mother’s poetic reflection on simultaneously striving to comfort and teach her children, and learn from her own mother, about the growth that can come from struggle.

BY January 7, 2016

Sometimes when a conflict involves Muslims, “Islam” may not be the best category for understanding it. Omid Safi with a reflection on the current crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and why framing it as religion is not the most helpful framework.

BY January 6, 2016

Each year brings the loss of a life we loved. But what if our grief served as a conduit to community and creating a more thoughtful, interconnected world?

BY January 5, 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.

BY January 5, 2016

Feeling ill-equipped as a Yankee living in the South, a teacher in Charleston, South Carolina grapples with talking about race with her students and exploring the multiplicity of narratives we so often ignore.

BY January 4, 2016

Finding a clear sense of being home shouldn’t be sought from a desperate place. But, how is it possible to yearn without becoming lost in our deluded states of mind? Sharon Salzberg on the wise attention we possess that alchemizes delusion into wisdom.

BY January 3, 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.

BY January 2, 2016

A well-rounded and well-hyperlinked summary of the racial year behind and ahead from john a. powell. His expansive perspective challenges us to look with hope towards the new year.

BY January 1, 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.

BY January 1, 2016

There is no norm when it comes to the prototypical family unit. And, family as we all know is at once our breaking point and our healing refuge. With the holiday season behind us, Courtney Martin asks us to embrace the family we have and resist the idealized version that never existed.

BY December 31, 2015

Untamed, wild beauty kindles a yearning and an awe that few man-made structures can, even the most sacred churches, mosques, or temples. Our resident bard with a praise song for the wide open spaces that beckon us to open our hearts to all people and things before us.

BY December 30, 2015

A poem for the permeable quiet of a December evening, weaving together the lonesome sounds of a home.

BY December 30, 2015

A serendipitous typo inspires our columnist Parker Palmer to come up with a list of five “revolutions” for the New Year, resolutions to counteract grim realities in order to regain our humanity in 2016.

BY December 29, 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.

BY December 29, 2015

Unexpected relationships can lead to deep and lasting learning and growth.

BY December 28, 2015

The passage of time can seem like a dream. Sharon Salzberg looks back at enduring friendships and the journey “meditation” and “mindfulness” have taken these past 40 years in the U.S.

BY December 27, 2015

The loss of mobility as we age does more than hamper one’s movement. It separates us from the things we love. Jane Gross on grieving the temporary loss of her dog after suffering a concussion.

BY & Mohammed Fairouz December 27, 2015

The political rhetoric of making America great again points at the decline of not only U.S. power, but the erosion of trust among its allies and its own citizens. Mohammed Fairouz stands up for his community in this particular moment in time.

BY December 26, 2015

Facing guns and mobs, Ukrainian priests offered a peaceful presence during last year’s protests in Kiev. Inspired by their willingness to be involed, an Anglican priest reflects on how we bridge the gap between contemplative practice and contemplative action.

BY December 25, 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.

BY December 24, 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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