December 14, 2017
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The pain and gift of the end of life, and the truths that dying reveals at the heart of being human.
December 4, 2017
An Oath for New Physicians
A new generation of physicians with a pledge beyond doing no harm: to walk alongside their patients as people, and to nurture wellbeing with compassion, thoughtfulness, and integrity.
September 22, 2017
There’s No One Story of the Opioid Epidemic in America
Is the way we talk about and imagine opioid addiction hurting people who need our help? A native West Virginian considers the ravages of the disease on her loved ones, her home state, and families across the country — and looks to compassion as a strategy for healing.
May 15, 2017
A Standing Meditation for Self-Care
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.
March 3, 2017
The Courage To Acknowledge Our Frailty
It can feel painful to reflect on our mortality — especially the mortality of our loved ones. But maybe embracing the reality of death can help us to fear it less, and appreciate the wonder of life all the more.
June 6, 2016
How We Gather (Part 1): The Theology of CrossFit
As more millennials declare themselves "spiritual but not religious," what does meaningful community look like in the 21st century? For legions of CrossFit enthusiasts, it's a community of care and nurturing — and a place where you can also perfect your squat.
To devote oneself to battling injustice is noble, but rigorous. Sharon Salzberg celebrates the extraordinary work of agents of social change, and illuminates the importance of balancing exposure to hardship with self-care.
May 23, 2016
A Day in the Life of a Hypochondriac
Death and illness are rational fears, yet there are some truths we need to ignore in order to function. For people with health anxiety, a strange lump can incite a multitude of fears. A generous (sometimes humorous) window into life with hypochondria.
Parker Palmer examines the guiding principles of care and healing at the center of a physician's practice, and wonders how they might revive the heart of political life.
April 19, 2016
The Unexpected Silence of Waiting Together
Waiting for test results in a hospital can be a solitary event. And unexpectedly quiet in certain waiting rooms. Jane Gross on the silent solidarity of women forged while waiting for the results of their mammogram tests each year.
April 3, 2016
From My Limitations to Achieving the Extraordinary
Some of our limitations can be our greatest assets. A man born with disabilities tells the story of learning to embrace and make the most of the particularities of his own body — by first rediscovering his own breath.
February 28, 2016
On Being Mortal: Theological Ponderings on Cancer
In the waiting room of a doctor's office, the dramas of life and death play out quietly. A reflection on the power of paying attention to the stranger, and to the burdens we all carry.
February 22, 2016
Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds: Robert Ross on Breaking the Narrative of Trauma
Trauma can be a rigid dictator of the course of a life, often giving rise to paths of destruction and illness. Dr. Robert Ross on why these cycles exist, and on our responsibility as members of the community to heal the broken spaces in the structures we live in.
July 3, 2015
Small Acts of Life-Saving Grace: The Little-Known Story of Samuel Kargbo of Sierra Leone
An inspirational profile of one of those modern-day heroes, SAS, a doctor whose key insights turned the tide of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone — an exemplar of quiet commitment and unending courage who saved thousands of lives by bridging worlds.
With nine out of ten family dinners, little of consequence occurs. But, during the tenth mealtime, something sparks. A father's case for the unscheduled magic of the family dinner.
May 22, 2015
How Do You Know When You’re Making Too Much Money?
More than 25 percent of us may be jeopardizing the "good life" by blindly pursuing more to keep up with the Joneses? Courtney Martin on operating on income autopilot and re-interpreting our financial wealth.
December 8, 2014
Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup for the Human Spirit
“Our genome sequence is the genetic blueprint of our biological self but how much does it, or will we let it, define who we are?” A journalist seeks to reconcile questions of mystery with questions of genetics.
How would we treat people differently if we could hear what they hear, see what they see, feel what they feel? A video from the Cleveland Clinic encourages us to reimagine the people and spaces around us to foster deeper connection and well being.
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