From remembering police captain and dharma teacher Cheri Maples to soliciting perspectives on solitude and being alone, our editor in chief’s list of the week’s most compelling commentaries on motherhood, solitude, eldering, male vulnerability, and exile.
Our stories hold power no matter the circumstances of our lives. A Hmong-American woman looks on her father’s modest life, and her own — through refugee camps in Thailand to their new life in the American Midwest — and reveals lessons from the powerless on our inherent dignity, even through our most vulnerable times.
The questions of who matters and what’s really important run through each entry in this week’s edition of Letter from Loring Park.
The moral authority of frail bodies. Vulnerability as strength. How solidarity can lead to resurrection.
Can we learn to be tender even if we can’t fix each other’s pain? How would our world be different if men had permission to be vulnerable in public?
Inspired by the Pope’s TED Talk, Courtney issues an invitation and a challenge to slow down, notice, and make room for brave tenderness.
A lesson on gilding our flaws; the fresh air of the Easter and Passover season; a visual tour of a haunting ritual; and Brené Brown’s encouragement for those who are done with fear.
From the wrestling mat to challenging conversations in our own living rooms — the virtue of facing our deepest discomforts head-on.
To stay curious and questioning in the modern world can be a lonely endeavor, and yet there is refuge and wisdom when we gather. Courtney Martin on restoring our moral imaginations, together.
The tension we’re living through requires our sincerest attention, but we must also nurture our relationships with joy. Trent Gilliss offers hopeful words on fostering communities of humility and understanding, with love and laughter at their center.
Scholar and activist Frances Kissling speaks of good will and understanding, rather than agreement or victory, as bridges between difference.
In the wake of tragedy, how do we respond with resilience? How do we continue to love across boundaries?
“Sometimes the pain of the world seems incomprehensible. And if there’s anything that balances it, it’s wonder at the world, the amazingness of people.” Mindfulness meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein gives counsel on finding joy and spiritual practice embedded in the rhythms of everyday life.
Researcher and scholar Brené Brown speaks of the value and power of adversity to give rise to the astonishing strength of which we are all capable.
Being part of the human race means embracing the fullness of people’s behaviors. Parker Palmer on the demanding path toward wholeness with Rumi, Merton, and other mystics as his escorts.
The writer’s life can be an excruciating one, especially for our host. She reveals the vulnerability of exposing herself and staying true to her subject — and even tweeting it out.
“Why did you stay?” A brave woman recounts her own encounter with domestic abuse and unravels the complexity of human relationships — of love and loss, of violence and tenderness, of the vicious cycles we sometimes can’t extract ourselves from.
What training did we give to our fathers? A reflection on inventing, rather than inheriting, the type of father a man wants to be — for himself and his children.
This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. An Armenian-American woman contemplates the periphery of pain, the legacy of silence and suffering — inviting the Armenian diaspora and “the world to listen with us.”
Forgiving yourself for your stupid mistakes can be really difficult. By doing so, though, Courtney Martin argues that you will not only honor those who love you deeply and you will stop beating yourself up in the process.
This week has been a whirlwind of travel and ideas on social justice, life’s unveiling, being vulnerabilities and memory. A recap of what you need to read.
We crave community and intimacy. But, are we looking for it in the wrong places — in our phones and mobile devices rather than in each others’ eyes? With Rumi as his guide, Omid Safi on needing less digital connection and more rejuvenation of heart and soul.
Mary Oliver with some 140-character gems teams up with guidelines on designing ritual for the “Nones” and an essay on the distance to suffering. Also, sharing some quotations from our new iPad app and a humanizing speech from MLK.
We build all sorts of enclosures to protect us and keep our loved ones safe from harm. But in column in poetical form, we are tasked with being vulnerable and opening those gates.
Men’s ability to maintain sustained, intimate friendships with other men may be the key to unlocking a revolution of a new type of connection — and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century.
How can we learn to offer feedback with grace and compassion at work and at home? Brené Brown offers a rubric for offering guidance and sitting on the same side of the table.
What happens when we choose anger and hatred over vulnerability and love? A short video with a World War II veteran who tells a personal story about being confronted by the German enemy and the power of music.
Art evolves in its iterations, and it’s fascinating to see how Doug Neill’s graphic recording session of our show with Brené Brown progresses before our very eyes.
The story behind this one powerful shot of “vulnerability and shame” from Segovia, Columbia.
Do we stop caring when there’s no hope? Moving past the headlines with personal stories that create a human connection, an emotional connection.
A compilation of time-shift tweets of Krista’s interview with Dr. Brené Brown. Was this an interview or therapy session?
One of TED’s most popular lectures, Dr. Brené Brown offers solutions on how we can deal with vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.