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Things Carried Through the Fire

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We have a sacred history with those we remain bonded to. We know what each scar and crease in their life means. Things Carried Through the Fire My g...

Finding Meaning in a Digital Age

Homaira Kabir | Posted 08.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Homaira Kabir

Photo credit: Joel Montes de Oca "Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind, there would have been no reason to write". ~ Joan Did...

Stop Communicating 24/7; Rejuvenate With Solitude

Dianna Booher | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Learn to welcome solitude as the primary avenue toward personal growth. Solitude allows you opportunity to think deep thoughts that affect your character, your relationships, and your career.

Lost Speech

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The truth of things waits out of view ready to surprise us when we least expect it. I learned the truth of this while out in the marsh one day at twil...

An Open Thank You Letter to My Daughters: Reflecting on Our Growth This Summer

Erin Smith | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Erin Smith

As I am approaching the inevitable wind-up of the summer with my two young daughters, I would like to reflect on the time that has passed and what we have accomplished and learned.

8 Reasons I Keep a Daily Diary

Timothy Merrill | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Timothy Merrill

Of all literary genres, the diary is the least read and most uninteresting, with possible exception of Wilde or Anais Nin. A nutrition label on a loaf of pumpernickel is more exciting. So if no one is going to read your diary -- and really, you don't want them to -- then, why write at all?

Inside Out

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Everything in nature is bruised and worn. This is how each tree and hill gets its beauty. We are no different. Inside Out I was taken aback, when jo...

What Matters Is Unsayable

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The challenge of poetry is that the only things worth saying are those things that are unsayable. The joy of such work is that whatever we come up wit...

Honoring Your Friend

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

So as you would honor a grandparent or a teacher, how will you befriend your soul? What kind of relationship will you have with the oldest part of your life, so it might speak to you?

Why Summer Is The Best Season For Reinvention

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 08.31.2015 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Reinvention, renewal, inspired ideas ... they all have time to breed just a little more during those lazy summer afternoons when you may be taking an extra walk, sitting on a beach, hopefully even holidaying somewhere wonderful.

When Young I Dove

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When young, we want to dive into everything. But as we age, we surrender more than dive, and so feel the magic of the wind along the way.

Catching the Light

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

All the valuable things we can learn from books point to the force of life that can't be contained in a book. This poem explores this paradox.

Another Day

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We fall in and out of the deepest understandings out in the world while getting groceries and pumping gas. Another Day I was in the market recently,...

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: Hunger Is Not A Choice for Some But Giving Is

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

They had no tangible means to move it so one came up with the idea of saying a prayer to God by a sincere deed that they had respectively carried out at some time prior for Him.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

Ramadan Reflection Day 8: Reflections Through Sickness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In that moment I took a breath in, I felt more spiritually connected to God than I had ever before. The realization of a blessing is as simple as breathing.

The History of My Heart

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

During my cancer journey, I was able to see my heart on a screen during a test in which I was injected with radioactive dye, so they could trace the f...

Sizing His Dream

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

After my father died, I leafed through his notebooks as a schoolboy as he was learning his trade. This poem comes from feeling him as a young learner.

23 Tips For Blowing Away First Date Stress

David Kanegis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

You're excited, nervous, doubtful, hopeful, ambivalent, hesitant, happy. There are just a few of the thoughts and emotions most people experience when preparing for a first date.

Waiting to Be Picked Up

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I was ready to fly home after teaching in Albuquerque, when the sudden light on the underside of a palm trip took me to another time. Waiting to Be P...

News of the Universe

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We live in a global culture addicted to the noise of how things fall apart. Yet all the while, things are quietly coming together as well. It's not ab...

Short Wisdom on a Long Planet

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We keep turning one thing into another and calling it progress. We keep machining the beauty off of things as they are, using tools to create more tools, as if that will let us live longer.

Are You an A-hole? Why Your Inner Truth Isn't Scary

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Lulu Salavegsen

truth tro͞oTH/ noun: that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Seems simple enough. Franklin Roosevelt was on to something profound ...

How You Can Be A More Conscientious Person -- And Why It's Worth It

Mashable | Lindsay Rothfeld | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

The world could use a little more conscientiousness. It's up to you to actually show up. In 2015 especially, there's a profound emphasis on multita...

Stunning Images Reflect The World We Live In, Quite Literally

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Landazuri Saltos and Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts

Water doesn't just sustain our bodies, it also provides the opportunity for very literal reflection, an opportunity to pause and contemplate a particu...