January 27, 2019
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I thought perfection was the glue of secure attachment, that rewriting the story was the hallmark of redemption. But when I stopped running from the mother I didn’t want to be — when I forgave my mother for the narrative she unknowingly authored — I could finally give my son what he needed all along: my presence.
August 1, 2017
Rest for a Moment in a Poem’s Peace
We can’t take wilderness retreats every time we feel caught up in the world’s madness, but a poem can be a momentary reprieve.
Might our obsession with every tweet and news bite be too much? The difference between misguided fixation and engaged awareness — and how to redirect our attention to what really matters.
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.
March 21, 2017
How To Train Your Brain To See Beyond Us Versus Them
A sense of mindfulness can help us recalibrate our reactions to those we judge as different or dangerous.
March 8, 2017
The Discipline of Recognizing What’s True and Beautiful
A simple invocation amid the world's frenzy: that we maintain the quiet discipline of seeking delight hiding in plain sight.
February 20, 2017
The Prayer of the Heart
Faced with scatteredness of mind, body, and spirit, Omid Safi offers a balm: the prayer of the heart.
January 11, 2017
Things Could Have Been Otherwise
With the wisdom of Jane Kenyon, a contemplation on gratitude and ordinary grace in our own finite lives.
June 27, 2016
Sometimes I Forget To Be Afraid of Things
In the aftermath of Brexit, a man remembers that we have a limitless capacity for amazement even when we should be more fearful. When those times come, remember rain.
June 11, 2016
A New Vision of Kindness Starts with Paying Attention
In pop culture “coolness” is sometimes equated with nonchalance, isolation, and sarcasm. Sharon Salzberg asks us to rethink what it means to be “cool” and argues that kindness and empathy can be the “in” thing.
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.
September 21, 2015
It All Happens, and Nothing Lasts
Sometimes we lose sight of the the beauty and connectedness of all things. Missing her shot of a Santa Fe rainbow, Sharon Salzberg invites us to find the beauty of paradox and the changing role of presence and impermanence in all things.
September 4, 2015
The Art of Daily Ritual: Keeping Sane in an Insane World
The frenetic pace of life can be overwhelming, making ritual even more necessary. But it doesn't have to be religious, or even spiritual in nature. Daily tasks can ground and center us, clearing our minds and helping us focus on the profundity in the seemingly mundane of this world.
August 14, 2015
Silence and the Space to Be Amazed
As a society, we tend not to prioritize silence. When we take a moment to listen and to notice, we make space to be amazed. A meditation on silence, slowing down, and paying attention to allow us to be astonished and the people we want to be.
January 1, 2015
The Sacred Inefficiencies of a Very Human Life
As the siren song of productivity in the new year beckons, our weekly columnist Courtney Martin finds presence and peace of mind in the habits of a less productive but more awesome life.
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