Tag: Politics

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March 25, 2017

From the wrestling mat to challenging conversations in our own living rooms — the virtue of facing our deepest discomforts head-on.

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March 19, 2017

Rather than slipping into warring modes, a master list of ways to enter into conversations with more openness and hospitality.

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March 17, 2017

Passing the baton. Gathering with others. Taking the long view. Lessons on persisting and persevering, even when we feel exhausted by it all.

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March 11, 2017

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.

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March 9, 2017

Solidarity on social media can be a source of hope, but there’s more required of us to affect meaningful change.

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March 4, 2017

Monotasking as a social skill? Discovering new truths in our winter years? Essential readings on new approaches to life with each other, and with our ever-evolving selves.

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March 1, 2017

What might we make space for if we gave up our indignation, even if just for a moment? A historical and philosophical inquiry into the roots of this social moment.

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February 25, 2017

A tribute to a beloved singer’s challenging life; escaping the rage cycle in this global moment; and our columnists on uprooting our assumptions about life’s most essential questions, from parenting to the nature of our relationships.

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February 21, 2017

What if we considered our nation not as factions at war, but as members of a strained and troubled family? A look through the lens of the three stories that broken families tell — and what that marginalized, third story reveals about the echo chambers we’ve been called to step out of.

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February 10, 2017

Anger can be a powerful motivator. But we must also remember to build something bolder on the foundation of expansive love.

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February 9, 2017

A Muslim man reflects on the pain of citizenship in this moment and the fragile hope he holds from the nation he and his loved ones call home.

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February 7, 2017

A writer turns away from what’s toxic on social media and chooses self-care in this cultural moment.

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February 4, 2017

A deep inquiry into Trump’s immigration ban, and its subversion of the American ideals we’re called to embody.

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February 3, 2017

Are we unconsciously selective about the causes we mobilize for? Courtney Martin asks the uncomfortable question: when do we choose to show up, and for whom?

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January 27, 2017

The struggle for soul in education and patriotism, the joy of marching in step, and reckoning with the legacy of our nation’s heroes and history.

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January 27, 2017

Courtney shares the practical insight of a wise elder — on the tumultuous history we’ve lived through, and the work we must do to shape our future differently.

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January 26, 2017

The aspirational ideals of our nation call us to embody compassion toward the stranger, and those whom others might cast out.

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January 21, 2017

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.

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January 13, 2017

There is a danger of blindness in both presuming good and ill intent in our political figures. Courtney Martin looks to the shared stories that bind us to save us from our prejudices.

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December 24, 2016

Dave Chappelle as an imperfect spiritual mentor; the importance of life’s valleys alongside its peaks; reconnecting to lost family histories, and finding new ways to uplift each other through thick and thin.

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December 8, 2016

Sometimes the refuge we need is not an escape, but a safe place to grapple with our hardest questions, and to challenge ourselves to be better.

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December 3, 2016

Wise minds grapple with the tensions of faith and community, honor the resilience of a movement, and remember the love of family we often take for granted.

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December 2, 2016

A white Evangelical Christian, and a Trump supporter, offers a gentle challenge: to put our preconceived notions aside, and understand each other more deeply than what we put on our ballots.

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December 2, 2016

In our pursuit of justice, we must cling to what illuminates the darkness and keep the pain and indignation that fuel us from hardening to hatred.

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December 1, 2016

A reflection on reimagining American identity, which may require us to break down our most basic assumptions about the society we live in in uncomfortable ways.

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November 23, 2016

An appeal to move beyond anger and reactiveness, and to concentrate instead on the immediate, crucial work of embodying justice.

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November 22, 2016

From celebrations of Leonard and Leon to the good and the bad in the Electoral College — reflections to challenge our relationships with technology, with busyness, with history, and with each other.

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November 19, 2016

This moment forces us to face challenging questions about who we are as a nation, who we want to become, and how to get there.

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November 18, 2016

An immunologist thinks through the deeper sources of election stress, and offers up cognitive and spiritual solutions to the anxiety we feel.

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November 17, 2016

Hope isn’t always soothing and soft. A pragmatic embrace of compassion, kindness, and truth-telling in the face of America’s rifts.

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November 15, 2016

From the loss of Leonard Cohen and the victory of the Chicago Cubs, music and language inviting you to think differently about shelter, resilience, suffering, and harmony.

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November 13, 2016

We cast ballots for the candidates who stand for our values. But is our political instinct also a quest for identity? An exploration of the desire for belonging at the heart of our voting drive.

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November 12, 2016

#Woke reflections on our nation’s deepest political and social wounds, and the hope to be found in our capacity to heal them, together.

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November 10, 2016

With so much pain and anger and fear after the presidential election, an expression of kindness. The son of an Ojibwe mother and a Jewish father, who survived the Holocaust and found refuge in America, welcomes all who feel marginalized into his home — including Trump supporters.

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November 9, 2016

Our body politic suffers from deep wounds, seen and unseen, and all real. Wisdom gleaned from a beloved baseball team on resilience in the face of heartbreak, and the spirit of unity that will move us into a new age.

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November 8, 2016

t’s been an adventurous, power-packed week here at On Being on Loring Park. It feels so gratifying to release the…

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November 7, 2016

Some years ago, I came across one of the most intriguing book titles that I have ever seen. It was…

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November 3, 2016

Accepting dark realities and difficult truths doesn’t negate love for our country. An appeal for choosing American aspiration over American pride, so that we might grow into the nation we want to be.

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November 1, 2016

The battlefield of politics can leave us feeling voiceless. One organization is reimagining civic participation, and rediscovering the possibility of imagination in public life.

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October 28, 2016

In a bold declaration, one of the key leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention is taking a stand, and reclaiming the core of his conservative roots.

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October 19, 2016

What if our disenchantment is an opportunity? This moment calls us not to fall backward into cynicism, but to face difficult truths, and to work together to create a new reality.

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October 18, 2016

We look to the election with uncertainty, hope, and fear. But Paul Raushenbush imagines further, with an aspirational and haunting vision of what will be required of us afterward.

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October 4, 2016

The human experience is rife with messiness and frustration, especially in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Trent Gilliss shares thoughts on embracing the turmoil and finding ways to grow from it.

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September 28, 2016

Genuine communication is a collaborative process marked by respect. Parker Palmer reminds us of the importance of what we say, how we say it, and how we listen — in politics as in life.

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September 13, 2016

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle on respecting the resilience of nature, new learnings from Krista Tippett on self-compassion in life and career, and more deliberations on living alongside one another.

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September 13, 2016

Reflecting on a tumultuous summer, Sarah Smarsh leans into the gifts that abound amid tragedy and loss, with hope for our unity and our resilience.

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September 7, 2016

Weary of political correctness, but wary of its opposite, Parker Palmer offers up some practical wisdom on owning our shadow selves with grace and asking the same of our leaders.

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August 16, 2016

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.

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August 15, 2016

In an anxiety-fueled society, how can we muster the courage to deal head-on with negative emotions? Sharon Salzberg counsels wise action in the face of fear, and mettle in the face of hopelessness.

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August 13, 2016

The challenges we fret over as adults are often simple in the eyes of our children. Sarah Smarsh offers an antidote to the vitriol of our politics — through viral videos that illustrate the wisdom of children.

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