On joining our individual reckoning with injustice with the practical work of changing the broken structures that affect our lives.
Fr. Richard Rohr on awe in the face of mystery. Omid Safi on touching the mystical in the daily act of driving. Rebecca Delker on rethinking how we talk about climate change. And our editor-in-chief’s latest picks from the Wall Street Journal, Hazlitt, and Netflix.
We never would have guessed it, but Omid is a total gearhead. What a jaunt in a convertible dream car taught him about seeking out the luminous moments in the mundane — that while we can’t all speed around in expensive convertibles, we can find the joy of driving the family car with all the windows rolled down.
Black women are blazing a new trail for yoga — one that shatters the barriers of race, culture, and class that previously excluded them. How women of color are embracing the strength of their bodies and spirits through vinyasa flows set to Future and Gucci Mane.
The turbidity of Melbourne’s Yarra River reflects the murkiness of inner life. When faced with loss and joy, we must sink into shadows before we can make the crossing — and emerge more whole on the opposite shore.
Can the occasional cathartic rant lead to healing? The virtue of letting our frustrations be heard — from Russian novels and the Book of Job to a Catholic women’s “pray and bitch” prayer group.
In a turning cultural tide, non-religious Millennials and the Christian church find themselves at odds. But do they have to be?
Our editor in chief turns to other sources for understanding and pondering: brain science on why our brains are wired for hate, African-American spirituals as a monument to our nation’s history and resilience, and focusing our attention on what really matters.
After a meditative walk through a Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan, a reflection on recognizing the paths we’re on as a spiritual destination.
The companionship of Thomas Merton; an inspiring faith in our nation’s potential; and the spiritual work of environmental care.
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.
To elevate the spirit, we must nurture the soul and the rational mind, alike.
A pilgrimage of gratitude illuminates an essential connection between the private journeys we take in life and the messy path we all walk together.
Often, the remedy to what ails us is simpler than we think. Omid Safi shares a comedic lesson on recognizing the blessings that are already within us.
For Omid Safi, the words and movements of prayer are more than rote. A reflection on faith as a lived embodiment of love.
The violence of our culture can trap us in a spiral of fear and paralysis. Parker Palmer on the importance of centering our minds and hearts in sacred spaces of our own, wherever we may find them.
The strength of spirituality lies in the just action it inspires. Omid Safi points to faith as inextricable from the work of bringing about a community of equity and love.
Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.
The late historian Vincent Harding explores the potent and challenging spirituality shared by two fathers of the movement for civil rights.
A gift of verse as we reach the close of the season of Ramadan — testaments to the comfort of faith across a lifetime, from the safety of home to the surprising kinship of a stranger.
“Let yourself be silently pulled by what you love.” Weaving poesy with mellifluous prose, an Egyptian poet celebrates the power of the lyrical art to bring us closer to the divine, and to ourselves.
Faith can be a salve for the soul in the face of the suffering we witness. But, Omid Safi reminds us, our spiritual love must be bolstered by how we stand for the weak and vulnerable in our midst.
A Dominican friar-turned-soldier reflects on the essential role he’s discovered as a “combat shaman” — and how his work of spiritual growth and guidance continues from the pulpit to the ranks.
The Philippine-Catholic ritual of pabasa reveals the power of song to reacquaint us with tradition, bridge superficial divides, and connect us through the kinship of our imperfections.
At the age of 18, a young woman goes into a coma and faces a near-death experience. For nearly four years, she’s hospitalized and tries to find peace and God — in a well-lit intensive care unit — in her dreams. A story of faith, hope, and gratitude for the landscape of dreams.
To do yoga in America today is to make a statement. Melani McAlister unpacks what “yoga spirituality” might mean for an atheist and how her “embrace of reality” might flow from the practice of yoga.
Most of us chant tunes from the classic musical, but have you considered the spiritual lessons that the movie offers?
Aided by Hafiz, Parker Palmer reminds us that the inner life does not have to be a somber one, but a life rich with experience.
When one grows up without a faith tradition, where does one turn? An Argentinian children’s book writer maps her journeys in faith, the lack of conviction, and the surprising path to devotion — all in her own backyard.
You don’t have to spend months in meditation, says Eckhart Tolle, to gain insights that could change your life, even your health.
For Seane Corn, yoga is much more than a practice in flexibility. It’s a way of applying spiritual lessons to real-world problems and personal issues. One way she channels her energy and love is through a practice she calls “body prayer” as she shares in this video from “Yoga from the Heart.”
I picked up Sylvia Boorstein’s lovely book, That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist, years ago and loved it. Then, several…
The singer and composer Meredith Monk is a kind of archeologist of the human voice. She’s also an archeologist of the human soul, with a long-time Buddhist practice.
Martha Depp on Art and Cancer This afternoon we received the following email from Ben Depp, a photographer whose sister…
“Everything I write is for spiritual reasons—to help people keep their spirits up, to help transform misery into laughter or…
Our host reflects on discovering the legendary scientist’s far-reaching compassion, humor, and the unending wonder he embodied.
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I have to express my excitement about the show we have scheduled for podcast release on New Year’s Day. Back…
“The main creed that I like to refer to when I think of Vedanta is as Swami Vivekananda said: ‘If…
This week we’ve been wrapping up production on next week’s show with Eckhart Tolle. One mark of a promising interview,…
(photo: Lastexit/Flickr) As we prepare to do a show on endangered languages, I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection…