A simple invocation amid the world’s frenzy: that we maintain the quiet discipline of seeking delight hiding in plain sight.
On finding love, teaching our children, and having gratitude for the simple things — words and music to help us seek out the best in ourselves and our neighbors.
With the wisdom of Jane Kenyon, a contemplation on gratitude and ordinary grace in our own finite lives.
A pilgrimage of gratitude illuminates an essential connection between the private journeys we take in life and the messy path we all walk together.
A brush with that fleeting, transcendent gratitude that only comes when we stand on the edge of losing what we treasure most.
The final week of this presidential election season calls for a poem from Mary Oliver, Parker Palmer on building lives of meaning, and insightful words on “perennials,” the anatomy of an apology, and flourishing at home again.
A life doesn’t have to be extraordinary to have an impact in the world. A reminder that we can build lives that have meaning, no matter what cards we’re dealt.
How can we be more present to daily joys? What does it look like to engage with each other in our fullest capacity? Questions and meditations on community and identity from voices on our radar.
Unwavering gratitude can be an intimidating ideal. Sharon Salzberg examines gentle attention to the positive as a generous alternative to our negativity bias.
A life is composed of the ordinary and extraordinary, remarkable and mundane. An expression of gratitude from Carrie Newcomer for all of it, from big love to good coffee.
From the solemn to the playful, a selection of poetry to comfort and amuse.
From the inspiration and discipline we learn from sport to opening up to the experience of strangers, a digest of interesting writings on the ways we evolve together: physically, spiritually, and creatively.
Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.
With the metaphor of the humble onion as her guide, Naomi Shihab Nye pens a poem in praise of all the small forgotten miracles of everyday life.
“When I’m running, I feel like I’m actively expressing gratitude.” Sarah Khasawinah works in the Senate to improve policies for older Americans. Her work requires focus and discipline, something that she also finds in her spiritual practice of running.
Genuine gratitude isn’t necessarily about happiness or a soft, warm glow. It’s messy and gritty and physical. From appreciating the glowing moon to marveling at the strange miracle of the human body, a celebration of thankfulness.
The joy that we might normally feel in this season of Thanksgiving is tempered by sadness in the wake of violence. But the privilege and responsibility of gratitude may be the most powerful counter to these negative forces — whether embodied in a loving gesture, or through the appreciation of art.
Has technology failed to deliver on its promise: to lighten our load? A wry meditation on play, gratitude, and the gift of life.
From small kindnesses to a classic love song reimagined and singleness to transformation, Trent Gilliss poetically curates an intermingling of murmurations and ideas — including a remembrance of the legendary Grace Lee Boggs.
An expression of gratitude for this fine day. A morning murmuration, if you will, for all the things we may take for granted in performing our daily rituals and taking stock of life’s simple pleasures.
As life fleets by, we can get caught up in worrying about what may eventually happen. Through a story of receiving her first senior discount, Sharon Salzberg teaches us to exercise our “letting-go muscle” to be with what is.
Each summer, our columnist has been making a pilgrimage to one of nature’s great treasures: the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In his twilight years, he ponders the resurrection that takes place under the most destructive circumstances and the “vast web of life in which body and spirit are one.”
Suffering can be a backstop for unexpected joy. A lyrical “Rumi”ination on shadow, gratitude, and the light of the stranger.
Generosity and gratitude don’t require extraordinary means, just the gift of time and attention. Parker and Wendell on giving yourself away.
“How can we learn to embrace with love the whole of who we are?” Parker Palmer with three tools to help us show up as we really are and live and love fully as we engage with the world.
A bevy of useful, interesting things to chew on and contemplate. Sure to make your mind sing!
Everyone suffers, silently or obviously, one way or the other. Once you see that connection, tenderness follows. A cancer survivor’s meditation on gratitude and the marvel that is being alive.
On night six of Hanukkah, poet Esther Cohen and photographer Matthew Septimus light a candle to the woman who lives fully and dances with the valleys.
The end of year is fast approaching. And with that comes an influx of charitable giving. In this digital age when the basket is now an online form, how do we create a spiritual practice of tithing and discern the “right” way to give?
For Thanksgiving, Parker Palmer asks us to find new ways to be filled with gratitude and praise. It’s in the gratitude for the ground we stand on, the blessing of togetherness, and the kindness of strangers, that we remember our work is loving the world.
Interesting and curiosity for your week on moral injury, asking the right questions, the price of busyness, and gratitude for caregivers.
Before conscious time began, someone cared for you. And you survived. A call to action to remember that someone showed up for you over and over and over again.
Our executive editor’s weekly missive: a season of autumn invitations, a thoughtful essay on male friendship, confessions of an accidental feminist, a joyful contemplation on being Mormon in the modern world, and an unexpected moment of generosity.
During the High Holy Days, a daughter remembers her father and the blessing he was as he aged — with memory and a poem.
Autumn reminds our Quaker columnist about the beauty of the Earth and the death that is to come. Through the words of Rilke, an exploration of the wellspring of gratitude.
Our executive editor pulls together a mix of live events, sneak previews, and words from some of our favorite thinkers and columnists who make this world a better place to become.
Taking you around the globe with a glimpse into oddities and joys of daily life in Oman, a gay man in New York City tells about an Oklahoma moment, a pastor reflects on gratitude and Cartesian anxiety, and an intern shows you what it take to produce the show.
Parker Palmer draws on the words of two poets to remind us that we must embrace receptivity and gratitude to live a full life.
As the narrative of Noah and the flood resurfaces in pop culture, a poetic midrash by Elie Wiesel.
The best of the week — including an invitation to communal song, forest music from Schumann, words of gratitude and grace from Mary Oliver, and the manifold gifts of a storyteller.
Parker Palmer turns to a famous Mary Oliver poem to remind him to be grateful for the “family of things.”
How does one leave home in peace? Shari Motro reflects on how we all can find our way back, using the abundant lessons of the relationship between Pharaoh and Moses in the Exodus story. On the other side of it all, forgiveness and gratitude resides.
To be so far from want that we wish others to be partakers of our plenty is something for which to give thanks writes a Chicago public defender on this Thanksgiving day.
KindSpring creates a project to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for with the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge. What are you thankful for?
A striking photo paired with a grounding thought from Thich Nhat Hanh on gratitude.
Watch Stephen Colbert’s moving tribute to his mother, offering insights into his mother’s Roman Catholic faith and her deeply held values of gratitude, family, and fun.
A powerful Zen parable teaching us about compassion and gratitude in the face of death.
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 week of gratitude for our many gifts: from Walter Rauschenbusch’s gorgeous prayer to Thich Nhat Hanh’s guiding dharma talk.
Each day I read the e-mails you send us about how you experience the work we do here. Some days, when the…