Can being lost be productive? Our columnist on lingering in the mystery of our purpose — and surrendering to the paths that choose us.
Our dreams can be great motivators. But what if what we aspire to is already within our grasp? A poem on letting go of the stress of ambition and embracing our innate potential.
From the mysterious alchemy of place to gut feelings and nature’s enveloping soundtrack — investigations into the scenery that colors our inner and outer lives.
A lesson on trusting on trusting our gut about the lives we’re called to lead, and the unexpected ways that might manifest.
“I began to notice that my running life and my meditating life were beginning to merge.” Roger Joslin is an Episcopal priest and the author of “Running the Spiritual Path,” a how-to guide on running as meditation and prayer.
For those of us who adore our daily forms of labor, work doesn’t stop when the office closes. Mohammed Fairouz makes the case for obsession, and work as prayer and mystery and play.
There are those people who know how to get ahead of the train wreck and those folks who are called to their senses after the collision has happened. But, catastrophe, too, can be a contemplative path if you choose to accept it.
To turn down an opportunity seems counterintuitive. But how can we transform an excess of asks into opportunities for other people to shine? A column on living the less-harried life that “keeps us weighted down with self-importance.”
A writer introduces the radical, extravagant hospitality of Magdalene — an organization serving women who survived prostitution, addiction, and homelessness. It’s motto, “Love Heals” is more than a saccharine promise, it’s a fierce, moment-to-moment presence — hard-earned, razor’s edge, breath-by-breath.
Stories of chaos and turmoil can cause us to lose hope. This week, a few heartening encouragements to help us find the light in the face of despair and appreciate the true worth of those who are undervalued.
Success so often is identified by how children transcend their parents’ class and collar. Rather than continuing this cultural narrative, could the future of work in America be more than just pulling up our bootstraps and climbing the ladder?
For the producers here at Loring Park, it’s important to perform every aspect of our work with deliberate thoughtfulness. Here, we offer a behind-the-scenes peek at all that’s involved in a seemingly small task: selecting a photo to represent the week’s episode.
Society has come to value achievement over all else. But what would happen if we began to place less value in doing, and more value in simply being? One woman shares her personal path to fulfillment, and invites us all to a better way of being.
Women and men so often beat themselves up when it comes to work/life balance. But another story is playing itself out, one about the unacknowledged gifts that help clarify the meaningful choices of being a person, and a parent.
When the crush of a beige cubicle and endless meetings deaden creative impulses, a newborn baby girl prompts an explosion of creativity — and the celebratory, enthusiastic person the author’s dream job had taken away.
Compartmentalizing can be a useful tool — whether dealing with the empty voids of our working lives, or the prolonged absence from the ones you love — in making it possible to live a whole life.
Who you’re going to be and what you’re going to become takes time. But, nowadays, getting educated has an extraordinary set of expectations for students. Omid Safi reminds us that students need to be gentle with themselves as they discover what it means to be a human being and not just a human doing.
Regret and humility are two ways we relate to the past, but they can spawn very different approaches to life. Embracing adversity can open up hope for the future depending on how we embrace it.
When yes is overused it takes what should be a whole-hearted gift and turns it into an anxiety-producing check box. Courtney Martin’s argument for saying “no” gracefully and learning to measure life in acts of unhurried love.
A sampling of our best picks of the week on everything from vocation to multitasking, honoring teachers and Alzheimer’s patients. And some ways to join On Being in the studio or on your iPad.
Researchers are showing that doing it all at the same time is a “diabolical illusion.” If we know this, why does it continue to be so seductive, so alluring? In this technological, overambitious age, a commentary on striving to be focused and whole again.
No matter what decade of your life you’re in, your journey to find a fulfilling work life is one often clouded with worry and self-doubt. Parker Palmer writes this helpful story about finding the way — not by what opens in front of you but by what closes behind you.
Making connections can be “life-giving” but they can also reinforce “damaging divides.” Courtney Martin is reminded of the vitality of human bonds — and the chasms that remain in this hypernetworked world.
Sometimes the framing question needs to be, well, questioned. A “clearness committee” helps our columnist find a way of asking a transformative question instead of a question of loss.
Our executive editor’s weekly missive, including a smart testimony on the value of work, a Mary Oliver poem on suffering and joy, a call for headlines that reflect the fullness of the world, and a stunning body of paintings from Rabindranath Tagore.
Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.
A thoughtful meditation by a craftsman-philosopher who contemplates the human condition through the building of simple, hand-tooled coffins.
A bartender who was born and raised in Jamaica sent us this lovely essay in response to our latest show. A testament to the power of poetry and pursuit.
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I loosely pitched Matthew Crawford, a political philospher who traded in his credentials to run a motorcycle repair shop, as…