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"Planeat": Making the Case for an Earth-Conscious Diet

The Latin origin of the word “companion” literally means “one who eats bread with another,” and anyone who has ever walked past a bustling restaurant on a Friday night and listened…

15 Affirmations for Practicing Acceptance and Tolerance

Acceptance and tolerance leads to inner and outer peace. Let’s make it our business to practice a little more acceptance for the holidays and for the new year.

21 Days to Your Vision Quest

Get ready for the least-expensive, most-healing, most-enlightening 48 hours you may ever experience.

A Call for Revolution: Rebels for Peace

An excerpt from A Call for Revolution: A Vision for the Future by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Bearing Witness to Modern-Day Slavery

Peggy Callahan co-founded Free the Slaves, one of the leading anti-slavery organizations on the planet, and set about building a movement in a world where many people still believe…

Book Review: Wanted

WantedA Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across BordersBy Chris HokeHarperOne“What would Jesus do (WWJD)?” is a question that’s easier to ask and perhaps eve…

Close to the Ground: The Secret of Abiding Joy

I’m sitting, watching Parker perform her first dance masterpiece. Its baseline is a collection of moves from her gymnastics class. She has layered on top of these most of the compo…

Create Your Own Simple, Primal Challenge

Find out What Happens When You Say, “I’ll Take This Watch”

Deep Offline: The Next Wave of Community Organizing

In today’s social movements, there is typically online organizing (“Click here to do this good thing”) and there is offline organizing (“Excuse me, ma’am, would you sign this petit…

Film Review: Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & AmericaMatt OrnsteinSound & Vision“How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” That’s the hypothetical question that renowned…

Film Review: Serenade for Haiti

Serenade for HaitiOwsley BrownOwsley Brown PresentsOver the years, Sainte Trinité Music School in Port au Prince, Haiti, has served as both a critical institution of learning and a…

Finding Calm in the Chaos

There is a population of people where anger is an accepted, indeed expected, emotion. The emotions of fear and sadness however, are not. In this culture, violence and addiction are…

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…

Give the Best Present: The Gift of your Presence

Recently I met someone who reminded me about what really matters, someone who inspired a perspective that remade my world anew. And for that reason, I’m so glad I can say yes to th…

Hidden in Plain Sight

“Do it for them.” These are the words that Lisa Kristine, humanitarian photographer, had written on her hand as she approached the stage about to give a talk to a large audience on…

How to Give Better

From the archive: Selected stories from the past 20 years

So here’s the question: It’s a holiday season and charities are begging for our dollars. With so many needs, how can we give better?

Preparing for a Vision Quest

As I sit cross-legged ― or as it is known in yoga, Sukhasana ― I make prayer ties for the vision quest in which I will participate this summer. I will venture into the woods and fi…

Provide Rolling Water

The United Nations World Health Organization calculates that one billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. This lack of water and the consequential poor h…

Renewing the Millennium Development Goals

The United Nations was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. The Nobel Committee declared, “[Former Secretary-General] Kofi Annan had been preeminent in bringing new life to the o…

Reshaping Society by Being a Celebrant and a Writer

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Stand and Speak Out for Justice!

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Stop Slavery in Our Lifetime

Imagine one twelve-year old girl in a hotel room in Lima, Peru. She both lives in the room, and works in the room. Her room costs about $20 a day, and the hotel is happy for the st…

Stuck on the Spiritual Spectrum

A dispute at a small evangelical college; the death of a Supreme Court Justice; the presidential election campaign—these and other recent events reminded me, yet again, that our re…

Surviving Prison

Damien Echols, once on death row, says deepening his study of Western mysticism helped him survive and transcend prison.

The Goddess Matangi and the Joy of Being an Outcast

Matangi tells a secret—that there’s a hidden joy, even power, in being an outcast.

The Yoga of Revolution

Yoga has been banned in several countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and within sects of Christianity in America. Some of the bans have been lifted, others have not. This sou…

What Everyone Should Know about Muhammad

Muhammad has become a strangely unifying figure in America—able to get conservative Glenn Beck and liberal Bill Maher to agree that Islam is a backward, medieval religion and a threat to all civilization. Both are making a common, fundamentalist mistake.

Why Are So Many Adults Today Haunted by Trauma?

Our political and social systems don't support fundamental human needs, says Gabor Mate—which affects our ability to deal with traumatic events.

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