Tag: mortality

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December 14, 2017

The pain and gift of the end of life, and the truths that dying reveals at the heart of being human.

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July 3, 2017

A woman’s evolving understanding of mortality, identity, and letting go — through a poem that has accompanied her through life and loss.

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May 20, 2017

Listeners challenge all of us to grow after listening to our interview with Glenn Beck. A writer contemplates her preoccupation with death after he mother’s passing. How men can live longer if they nurture deep friendships. And how humor helps us survive — a preview of the new season of our Creating Our Own Lives podcast.

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May 17, 2017

Parker takes up Jane Kenyon’s gentle challenge: trust in the natural cycles of light and dark, waking and sleep, life and life’s end.

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May 6, 2017

Witnessing the faint smile of her dying mother, the daughter of Haitian-Creole parents reflects on why she’s been writing about death and grief ever since — and the cathartic edge of the Book of Revelation and C.S. Lewis.

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April 1, 2017

Wisdom on mortality from Ira Byock; a young woman’s reflection on magic and memory; Sharon Salzberg on recalibrating brain bias; and Krista’s five approaches to a wise life.

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March 11, 2017

Interrogating our anger, honoring our elders, facing the truth of life’s fragility, and helpful new discussion guides for Becoming Wise — the best of what’s engaging our minds and spirits these days.

A child with microcephaly receives aquatic physiotherapy treatment with a doctor in Recife, Brazil.
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March 3, 2017

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.

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January 11, 2017

With the wisdom of Jane Kenyon, a contemplation on gratitude and ordinary grace in our own finite lives.

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December 16, 2016

A brush with that fleeting, transcendent gratitude that only comes when we stand on the edge of losing what we treasure most.

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August 29, 2016

Encouragement from the far shore of life to live fully into the miracle of our existence, with purpose and awe at every waking moment.

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August 27, 2016

Paul Muldoon pauses in a suspended moment, away from the chaos of the world, alone with the soothing roar of rain.

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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.

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September 8, 2015

We’re officially back into the full swing of production! Amidst the flurry of exciting work, we’re grateful for the chance to reflect on the centering power of daily ritual, facing mortality with hope, and defining our lives by the quality of our actions.

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August 29, 2015

To be confronted with a serious illness is to be confronted with a fear of death for most of us. How do we balance hope with realism? And how do we age with grace? Drawing on Atul Gawande’s book, Mary Jo Bennett highlights some ways our culture is evolving in its relationship with death.

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March 9, 2015

From spectacular images of Holi to supporting an artist that’s meant so much to us, this week’s capsule shares some of our best work — and those of others.

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February 18, 2015

We are told to embrace the fact that death is part of life. Embracing emotional honesty, Parker Palmer shakes his salty fist at fate’s inevitable hand with a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

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November 24, 2014

From a virtuosic performance to an audio selfie and poems on abundance, a feast of ideas and passages for you to take into your week.

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October 23, 2014

As the chlorophyll fades and the splendor of fall emerges, a meditation on color, mortality, and divine presence — complemented with the poetry of Rumi and Farid un-Din Attar.

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May 21, 2014

As you read this poem, Parker Palmer asks us to ponder a simple question: “How, then, shall I live?”

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May 9, 2012

“I’m not unhappy about becoming old. I’m not unhappy about what must be. It makes me cry only when I see my friends go before me and life is emptied. I don’t believe in an afterlife, but I still fully expect to see my brother again. And it’s like a dream life. But, you know, there’s something I’m finding out as I’m aging that I am in love with the world.”