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For the closing days of Ramadan, a young Catholic scholar shows us that we can look to many sources outside one's own religious canon to find meaning and pay attention to the world before us.
June 21, 2017
The Spirituality of the Ordinary Is Luminous
The extraordinary is revered and celebrated, but where does that leave the ordinary? On rediscovering the meaning of awe, and finding it in the quiet majesty of the daily grind.
April 28, 2017
A Revolution in Tenderness
Inspired by the Pope's TED Talk, Courtney issues an invitation and a challenge to slow down, notice, and make room for brave tenderness.
February 8, 2017
Seeing Beneath the Broken Surface
Animated by solitude in the winter woods, Parker J. Palmer on seeing the hidden and potential beauty beneath what's superficial in the world we face.
April 27, 2016
The Gift of Presence, The Perils of Advice
A helpful word can be a salve, but it's not always what we need. Parker Palmer on the power of quiet, unobtrusive presence to heal in troubled times.
January 16, 2016
What’s Asleep Inside of Us
Though she's the example many turn to for guidance on mindfulness practice, Sharon Salzberg didn't always find meditation so easy. She reflects on an early retreat in India, and what it can teach us about letting go of ideals, and having faith in what is.
December 2, 2015
Complete the Living: A Poem
For the ordinary hours, a plaintive poem for those of us on our own.
May 17, 2015
The Fractal Moment: An Invitation to Begin Again
The act of letting go is a popular idea — but it isn't easy. It's a practice requiring time, patience, and a good deal of steadfastness. Words of wisdom on acknowledging an experience and changing our relationship to it.
April 5, 2015
What Does Mindfulness Really Mean Anyway?
Mindfulness and meditation are becoming pop culture buzzwords. But it isn’t just about hearing, seeing, or observing a particular feeling; it’s about doing so in a certain way — with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Our columnist Sharon Salzberg walks us through the deeper case for mindful attention.
March 28, 2015
Listen, Learn, Practice: Yoga Spirituality for Atheists
To do yoga in America today is to make a statement. Melani McAlister unpacks what "yoga spirituality" might mean for an atheist and how her "embrace of reality" might flow from the practice of yoga.
February 11, 2015
To Instruct Myself Over and Over in Joy
Cynicism beckons to us with ease at times. But how do we remain open to the good within and around us? A reminder to keep hope alive when the demon inside us bites down. And, lyrical lines from Mary Oliver!
February 7, 2015
Mary Oliver Reads Her Poem “I Happened to be Standing”
Mary Oliver's poems often feel like prayers as much as poems. In her own voice, she recites one of our favorites that feels like an incantation.
August 29, 2014
I Surrender, I Win. A Spiritual Reclamation of Time
Our weekly columnist sends up a white flag to the insurance company, but in the end draws something more precious than money: her time and attention.
August 24, 2014
An App That Tracks Your Spiritual Health
What if an app could track your spiritual health as well as your physical health? A religion reporter wonders what interventions might remind us to pause, pay attention, and shift perspective.
Musicians practice absolutely unmixed attention and listening of a different kind of in the melodies of whale songs. What would we hear if we were truly listening?
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