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"Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye

The following poem, “Kindness,” is from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye, copyright © 1995. Reprinted with the permission of Far Corner Books, Po…

5 Questions for Mark Nepo

Diagnosed with cancer almost 30 years ago, author Mark Nepo shares his transformative healing experience in his new book Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholene…

5 Questions for Mary Oliver

Beloved poet and natural world evangelist Mary Oliver pulls the curtain for a rare glimpse behind her writing and life. Her new book of prose, Upstream, filled with gorgeous essays…

A Heart Exposed

A Heart Exposed: Talking to God with Nothing to Hide (A Book of Prayers)by Steven JamesOne of the most beautiful gifts of Steven James’s book, A Heart Exposed, is that the prayer-p…

Be Yourself: Leave People-Pleasing to the Bee Gees

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which my work as an artist and my work as a yoga teacher are really just exactly the same.I do think of teaching yoga as a form of…

Best Post Ever

By Sheri RedaWe’re savvy, right? We post our thoughts on blogs, our invitations on Evite, our ideas on Facebook and Pinterest. We text, tweet, and email until we’re surprised when …

Bhagavad Gita

The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Songby Graham M. SchweigOne of the world’s most important Scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita describes itself as “the supreme secret of yoga,” and this ne…

Blackout Poetry: Creation Through Reduction

Can’t bear to put pen to paper? Start with a page that’s full of words instead of one that’s devoid of them.

Breathing: The Poetry of the Body

 We know intuitively that our state of mind will affect our breath: it comes quick and jagged when we are agitated, and smooth and slow when we are relaxed. The yogis figured …

Care of the Soul: The Spiritual Imagination

What is the role of imagination in matters of ultimate concern? This is one of the top issues in the spiritual life and certainly in religion: many religious and even spiritual peo…

Celebrating the Journey on Graduation Day

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Composting for Your Life

It’s Spring 2012, and we just had a super full moon: The moon was closer to the earth than it’s been all year. Here in Vancouver, it’s just starting to get warm, though the cherry …

Discovering New Kin

Collecting an imaginary album, where places in nature have made their mark.

Every Second Something Happens

Poems for the Mind and SensesSelected by Christine San José and Bill Johnson, with illustrations by Melanie HallPoetry for children has to be the very best. It has to tickle the mi…

Film Review: Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s The ProphetDirected by Roger AllersGKIDSThere are few things in life more glorious than the sound of Liam Neeson reading lines from the great poet Gibran’s The Prop…

Film Review: The Seer

The SeerA Portrait of Wendell BerryLaura DunnTwo Birds FilmDirector Laura Dunn’s documentary portrait of the legendary environmentalist, writer, and farmer Wendell Berry owes as mu…

For a Song and a Hundred Songs

A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese PrisonBy Liao YiwuNew HarvestLong before he was imprisoned for writing and distributing a poem condemning the bloody government crackdown in Tian…

Marie Howe: Holding the Silence

The acclaimed poet reflects on prayer, desperation, and letting go of what can’t be said.

Music Review: Mbalimaou

MbalimaouBoubacar LUSAFRICA Boubacar TraorÉ was born in the city of Kayes in Mali in West Africa. It’s a country that traces its roots to the 12th-century Mandingo cultur…

Music Review: Sanctuary

SanctuaryPhil HaynesCorner Store JazzCymbals, chimes, and drums. Sticks, fingers, and brushes. These are some of the raw materials that Phil Haynes beautifully crafts into rhythmic…

Music Review: The Beautiful Not Yet

The Beautiful Not YetCarrie NewcomerAvailable Light RecordsCarrie Newcomer’s soothing vocals and inspiring music are grounded in social justice and authentic hope. “When you sing a…

Music Review: You Want It Darker

You Want It DarkerLeonard CohenColumbiaJust before the winter settled in, Leonard Cohen passed away in his sleep on November 7, 2016. The singer was 82 years old. Less than a month…

Nirvana at a Carolina Bus Stop

It wasn’t quite so spring-like yesterday here in Northern Michigan, back to slightly more “normal” temperatures. It’s spring break week around here, which may account for a smaller…

Open Your Heart to the Truth. NO, WAIT, SHUT THE WINDOW!

The truth will set you free! So they say. Lately I’ve been wondering—set you free from what, exactly? Satya, or truthfulness, is one of Patanjali’s five Yamas, or precepts …

Ordinary Superpowers

I have a mantra. I say it to myself daily, in many situations, and it helps me immensely in my life. It’s this: Why am I doing this? I don’t even think the answer to that…

Our Walk in the World: Distributing the Weight

I was moved by our conversation last night. I understand how you feel the presence of suffering always in the background, juxtaposed against the peaceful times and moments of abund…

Pay Attention Like a Poet

Cultivate presence by writing haiku poetry.

Pitch, Pace, and Pause

As some of you already know, I am a spoken word poet, which means, generally speaking, that I talk about my feelings in front of half-drunk audiences on Monday nights at a neighbor…

Poet Jane Hirshfield on the Mystery of Existence

Writer Kim Rosen raises questions about Zen, openness, and the “desperation” of the creative process.

Poetry: At Low Tide

At Low TideBy Nancy WillardAt low tide, when Water openedher workshop, her shining hands unrolleda fabric so light I saw straight downto the loom on which it was born --long ropes …

Poetry: Canticle on Matthew 6 in Wartime

Canticle on Matthew 6 in Wartimeby Jennifer AtkinsConsider the missing lilies, the trees stripped of leaves and burnt, the grass trampled to dust.Consider the crows of the air, wha…

Poetry: Last Days

Why in the last of days does it feel the first—why is the rain always new, a ‘latter rain’?The baby’s name is Phoenix and her flameis better than the ash we visit andrevisit. Last …

Random Acts of Poetry

How to turn any ordinary tree into a poet-tree

Sometimes Just Stepping Outside Is a Mark of Courage

On crowded streets, I often wonder who among us found it very hard to leave his or her home that day, yet did it anyway.In other words, I wonder who is brave. Then I send silent gr…

Surprise Yourself with a Nested Meditation

One of the more ingenious tools we’ve found for reframing a tough situation—or simply having fun with words—is a process that psychologist Kevin Anderson calls nested meditation. I…

Surprised by Grace

Recently I was at a friend's new home on a gorgeous lake in Minnesota. As I walked around the neighborhood, I felt that familiar culturally conditioned longing for More. The line "…

Synesthesia: A Practice for Translating Body Language

One of the reasons we practice yoga, in my opinion, is to become better translators.Our bodies have a complex language, and they are talking to us all the time. Our guts are receiv…

The Bear Went Over the Mountain.

The lake-effect snow was lovely yesterday afternoon as we began a new year with our four-hour meditation. We had ten people, maybe seven at the end. We stayed long enough afterward…

The Healing Power of Poetry in the Wake of Suicide

On September 10th, The International Association for Suicide Prevention will acknowledge World Suicide Prevention Day. It is an opportunity to bring global awareness to this devast…

The House of Gathering

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The Incomparable Naomi Shihab Nye on Kindness

The poems of Naomi Shihab Nye have an uncanny way of showing up at exactly the right moment to summon you below the surface of your life. The child of a Palestinian father and an A…

The Many Possibilities of Joy in a Small Cup: Yoga, Life, and the Second Chakra

Lately, I’m really into joy.That probably makes me sound like a jerk. I don’t mean the kind of joy that comes with huge life-changing events like winning the lottery or making a ba…

The Medicine of Poetry

“I never could connect with poetry,” Jan said. “I’m a math teacher!” She was sitting on my living room couch surrounded by piles of poetry books. On the coffee table was a stack of…

The River of Heaven

The Haiku of Basho, Buson, Issa, and ShikiBy Robert AitkenI have always found haiku, with its spare text and deeply penetrating insight, a perfect doorway to meditation. With scarc…

The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, a New Interpretation

Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Lifeby William MartinLao Tzu, the teacher of the venerable sage Confucius, is thought to have written only 5,000 words in his lifetime, most o…

Where Do Poems Come From?

Where do poems come from? I believe they happen when several insights come together to make an explosion. For several months I’d been reading a wonderful new translation of Lao Tzu…

Yoga in Your Pocket

Yoga is a good thing to have in your pocket.I’m writing this from the hotel restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I’ve spent the past week at the National Poetry Slam comp…

Zen and the Art of Not Tearing Your Hair Out

If you had a time machine, would you speed forward into the future or relive the past?Someone asked me this once in a car on a road trip, and while my car-mates reminisced about ti…

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