Embracing Our Realities Can Lead to Meaningful New Beginnings

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 5:00 am

Embracing Our Realities Can Lead to Meaningful New Beginnings

For the next several weeks, Krista will be on the road doing it all: conducting an On Being live interview at Biola University, being interviewed by Maria Shriver, hosting a night of Selected Shorts in New York City, and kicking off the paperback release of Becoming Wise in cities across the U.S. Learn more about The Intimate Wisdom Tour and join her in the celebration. She’d love to meet you!

What Our Columnists Had to Say This Week

Devastated Indiana Communities Begin Recovery After Massive Tornadoes (Joe Raedle / Getty Images )

For Some Things There Are No Wrong Seasons | Parker Palmer

Our deepest losses can make space for courageous new beginnings. Parker shares a Mary Oliver poem that helps him remember to draw “lessons from nature that can keep hope alive even during our darkest days.”

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The Truth About Having Kids (Or Not) Courtney Martin
The decision to have and raise a child — or not — is a monumental one. And, as Courtney writes in her column this week, there is joy and meaning to be found on either path:

“This is not the stuff of pros and cons; this is the stuff of profound surrender and massive potential heartbreak and abiding faith. You’ll either have kids or you won’t, and either way, it’ll be terrifying and magical.”

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The Conscious Effort Real Love Requires Sharon Salzberg
How do we make space for a more generous understanding of our relationships and ourselves? Our columnist reflects on “unstitching and reweaving” the narratives we hold:

“The love we can cultivate for ourselves, which can unfurl as we practice challenging our habits, judgments, and assumptions (our stories, in other words), can open up a more expansive capacity for more love to come in, and to be sent out. We feel more whole, and less fragmented. We see that we are worthy of happiness, and that others are, too. And believe it or not, we can still be authors, but through the lens of love, we may find that the new stories we come up with look a lot different.”

Sharon’s column complements our conversation with Alain de Botton and the true hard work of love and relationships. Have a listen.

What We’re Reading and Listening To

The Future of Belief America
Krista sees “the new dynamics of spiritual life in our time as gifts to the wisdom of the ages, even as they unsettle the foundations of faith as we have known it.” An insightful piece on the evolution of faith in real-time.

Catholics, Orthodox, and the Benedict Option | The American Conservative
There’s a swath of Americans who feel that Christianity has been corrupted and is being marginalized; they feel powerless against the tide of secularism in the 21st century. But, in this eloquent post, Rod Dreher says most people — Catholics, in particular — turn their back on what they have:

“Far too many of us treat our patrimony like it’s no big deal. We are ignorant of what we have, and don’t care. The people who are supposed to be teaching it to us failed. And we fail ourselves. Mediocrity is rampant. Unlike many of our Evangelical brethren, we lack zeal. We lack zeal for our own Christian lives, we lack zeal for the Bible, and we lack zeal for teaching the faith to others. We don’t have a sense of community, not like Evangelicals do. Our parishes become little more than sacrament factories or meeting halls for the tribe to plan its ethnic festival. All those sacraments, all that beautiful liturgy, all those profound prayers and deep thought — it means nothing if it does not draw us to a life-transforming relationship with Christ.

How to Get Out of the Cycle of Outrage In a Trump World | Thrive Global
President Trump’s first several weeks have caused a good deal of angst and ire for many. But must people be held captive to this rage and angst? Arianna Huffington writes a helpful post about stepping outside this perpetual state of outrage “to take back control of how we react” and to “act from that place of inner strength.”

From The Poetry Radio Project Archives

American singer, acclaimed actor of stage and screen, political activist, and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson (1898 – 1976), rehearses at the piano. (Keystone Features / Getty Images / © All Rights Reserved)

“Cross That Line”
Poet Naomi Shihab Nye recited this lovely poem about the singer Paul Robeson. And she also shares a story of how she came to write it.

May the wind always be at your back!


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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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