In our latest Becoming Wise podcast, wanderer and writer Pico Iyer tells of a lifetime of discovering outer stillness as an essential catalyst to a rich inner life.
As we enter the contemplative season of waiting, an invitation to join us in reflecting on the myriad experiences of Advent.
What person or story comes to mind when you think of middle school? An open invitation to reflect and respond about your experience of early adolescence, in middle school or junior high.
Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish year, is an occasion of hope and renewal. On the eve of this holy holiday, a soul-searching reflection through the metaphor of writing letters — to others, to God, and to oneself.
To “prioritize intention rather than form” is a the heart of a contemplative practice, whatever that may be. A lay Buddhist monk tells the story of creating a “tree” that’s liberated us from narrow ideas of what contemplative practice is and find one (or more) that truly works for us.
There are few more influential writers than the Trappist monk Thomas Merton. His writings continue to inspire, mentor, and impact new generations of readers. Our columnist Parker Palmer remembers when he first met Merton’s words and how they continue to shape him today.
On this New Year’s Eve, our weekly columnist wrestles with the uncertainty of the year to come. Rather than making resolutions, he poses five questions to ask yourself to carry into the New Year.
Hibernation restores us to our nourishing, grounding source and in so doing, frees us to become a force of reason, reflection, and kindness. A meditation for the gifts of winter and the blessings of solitude and rest.
During these days sacred to both Christians and Jews, a reflection on making space for recreating staid narratives and the new ones we all write together.
“Disarmed the Thunder’s Fires” (photo: ZedZaP/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) As we approach Passover, I am reminded once again about the…
My father has Alzheimer’s disease. I am losing him in inches and pieces. It hurts. He is my hero and…
We remember our stories, the raw materials of the lives we’ve been given, in order to know who we are — and to tell something of the larger story of our time.