To elevate the spirit, we must nurture the soul and the rational mind, alike.
More than 800 years later, the great Sufi mystic Rumi continues to influence millions. Omid Safi marvels at the unifying and ripening power of Rumi’s wisdom and grace through his poetry and his presence.
Confronted with the separate, psychological worlds of our thoughts, Syd Banks’ mysticism influenced a generation of psychiatrists and offers an alternative to the chaos of individual thoughts.
Virtual reality technology is hinting at new possibilities, including the unexpected potential of “VR” to shape our inner lives, identities, and values — and lead to a fuller appreciation of the lives we have.
Extraordinary images of Pluto reveal the vastness and mystery that lies beyond. Omid Safi revels in it all, weaving together the poetry of Rumi and Rabi’a with the “celestial realities mirrored in the human heart.”
In Barbara Ehrenreich’s latest book — and first memoir — she asks the age-old questions at the center of human life. A self-described atheist, she leans into the word “mystical” and encourages more cosmic wandering.
Our executive editor’s weekly missal sends you postcards from the road, an invitation to sing at our studios, words of wisdom and poetry from Wendell Berry and Parker Palmer, and a journalism student’s reflection on breathing.
A compilation of tweets from our conversation on the legacy of Gershom Scholem. It overflows with gems of wisdom you’ll be glad you read!
One of the people we’ll be interviewing while in Turkey is Cemalnur Sargut. She is one of Turkey’s deepest and most inspiring spiritual teachers, who is leading a resurgence in the study and practice of Sufism, the mystical manifestation of Islam.
Adrian Ivakhiv suggests provocatively, nevertheless, that the Pagan connection between identity and ecology could open other, more generous possibilities in modern lives. He wonders what would happen if human beings cultivated a stronger sense of shared reverence for the places in which we live — reverence for the land we inhabit, not simply for our nation.