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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 November 10, 2015

A photo essay on the humbling privilege of climbing the highest mountain in the continental United States — and the value of persistence.

BY November 9, 2015

Darwin’s concept of “deep time” finds its musical expression in a piano arrangement by German composer Hauschka.

BY November 9, 2015

We are genetically inclined to look for possible negative outcomes. But, does this survival mechanism serve us well in our time? Some helpful insights on not judging ourselves too harshly and creating a new sense of spaciousness within.

BY November 8, 2015

Whether to persevere or to surrender often determines the story of our lives. The question is knowing when to hang on and when to let go. A look at the common conundrum that results when life causes tension between two virtues.

BY November 7, 2015

The Philippine-Catholic ritual of pabasa reveals the power of song to reacquaint us with tradition, bridge superficial divides, and connect us through the kinship of our imperfections.

BY November 6, 2015

To turn down an opportunity seems counterintuitive. But how can we transform an excess of asks into opportunities for other people to shine? A column on living the less-harried life that “keeps us weighted down with self-importance.”

BY November 5, 2015

The paths we walk through life can be rife with obstacles, some small and others that seem unsurmountable. A few reminders we’re not alone in our struggles, and that nurturing our connection with those around us can help us thrive in this complex world.

BY November 5, 2015

The ego must die in order for love to rise. Omid Safi with a praise song for the maturing face of love.

BY November 4, 2015

What makes each child unique cannot be measured or scored. A nourishing story from a school principal on the “many ways of being smart” and testing children.

BY November 3, 2015

Watch the live video stream of Krista Tippett speaking about the mystery and art of living with poet Christian at Yale University’s Battell Chapel on November 3rd!

BY November 3, 2015

Many seek the unique freedom only found in nature’s wide open spaces. A multimedia sculptor and photographer explores the roots of her artistic creations in her intimate connection with nature’s “unknowable infinity.”

BY November 2, 2015

Too often, we confuse love with attachment. Sharon Salzberg on striking a balance between needing and a generosity of the heart — for ourselves, for all beings, for life itself.

BY November 1, 2015

An affirmation of presence, a victory of joy, a connection maintained: these are the things a young mother observes in her elderly next door neighbors, as a husband gently tends to his wife in her final days. A beautiful account of what love truly looks like.

BY November 1, 2015

Can the process of grieving go on too long? Especially when you write about it for a living? Jane Gross on her bout with understanding death’s unsettled trajectory.

BY October 31, 2015

Civilizations elevate the best in cultures and people. A composer encourages us to rethink the phrase “clash of civilizations” and, by definition, civilization can only fuel human flourishing.

BY October 30, 2015

In the absence of a religious tradition, is there a fundamental need for prayer? Courtney Martin on finding comfort in praying to her late, burly grandfather rather than a god to whom she couldn’t relate.

BY October 29, 2015

There’s an elephant in the interfaith dialogue room. Omid Safi with a critical look at the uneven speaking field in America for Muslims and how the politics of Palestine/Israel shapes and affects Abrahamic interfaith dialogue.

BY October 28, 2015

Alain de Botton’s short piece of writing on love and loneliness is elegantly handled in this animated short by Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee.

BY October 28, 2015

In response to Courtney Martin’s letter, Parker Palmer corresponds with his dear friend about the uncertainty of life. A contemplation on the value of being vulnerable and open to supportive friends.

BY October 27, 2015

A mix of selected essays and posts on the magic and mystery of making, the art of family communication, and murmurations on a pond.

BY October 27, 2015

Virtual reality technology is hinting at new possibilities, including the unexpected potential of “VR” to shape our inner lives, identities, and values — and lead to a fuller appreciation of the lives we have.

BY October 26, 2015

For those who feel weary of the journey, Kristen Graves names “the grace in struggle,” wrapped in the image of an ever flowing river. Our Monday Evening Melody for this autumn day.

BY October 26, 2015

To always be a beginner is frustrating to many of us. What if we embraced this as a choice rather than a deficiency? Sharon Salzberg on sticking it out and the right effort of beginning again.

BY October 25, 2015

The KonMari method includes the simple act of asking the question, “Does this spark joy?” A woman testifies to the transformational potential of creating an organized, mindful space.

BY October 24, 2015

The journey through cancer is one of hard-earned lessons about everyday living. Mark Nepo shares a dream about a rickety bridge and his insights into the unknown other — and how we might allow the stranger to inhabit our lives and the unexpected wholeness it brings.

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