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Solitude

A Walk Through Time

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Months after my father died, I found myself in New York City, wandering through the Museum of Modern Art, a place I love. On the third floor, in an ex...

The Small, Scared Animal Within

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

I have always been a loner. Even as a child, when my family and friends were off attending parties I would be sequestered in my room, sketchpad in hand, stereo by my side, listening to seductive R&B. Solitude was something I took for granted.

Being a Teacher

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I am a life-long teacher, which means I am a life-long student. I come from a lineage of teachers. And so, I offer this small poem about this noble ca...

From Here to Here

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

After this year's retreat with a men's group, I felt each of them so deeply that I had to pull over on the highway and write this poem.

After Mira

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's been a year since we lost our beloved dog-child Mira. During this time, we have learned even more about the nature of grief and loss, and how no one is exempt from these tender journeys. This poem speaks to what I've learned.

The Key to True Transformation

Martha Pasternack | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

Have you noticed that there is a lot of talk these days about transformation being the brass ring on the personal growth fast track? Have you noticed ...

Nothing Is Separate

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The great philosopher Abraham Heschel speaks of his fear that we will lose our sense of the Whole. I think this is inevitable, though just as inevitable that will find the Whole again. This poem explores this feeling.

A Few Turns of the Moon

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

For all the hardships that life throws at us, I have always felt that life keeps living. Perhaps not in the same form or in a way that is recognizable. But life keeps pulsing under everything.

Post-Holiday B.S. Blues, Mindfulness and Keeping the Heart Open

Julie Genovese | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Genovese

It's usually sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve that my heart starts to close. As I unknowingly disconnect from home base, my B.S. upstai...

Everything Sees

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Everything is alive and everything has something to offer. In the press of daily life, we often ignore these teachers, though they're everywhere.

One Stepmom's New Year's Resolution: Interludes in the Woods

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Women
Holly Robinson

It's easy to be miserable after the holidays. Maybe you created a perfect holiday with your family, and you're grieving now that family and friends are leaving.

Compose Yourself

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The instruction to calm down is often used to muffle what we're going through. But to quiet what we're feeling is not the same thing as to settle what we're feeling. It's the difference between putting a pillow over someone's head when they're crying and letting a churned-up lake settle so you can see what's on the bottom.

Lessons From a Solitary Holiday

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

This is not a holiday story of a fancy Christmas dinner, gifts under a tree, or glee on my children's faces when they open their stockings. This is a story of getting comfortable with lack of control, which isn't exactly my strong suit.

Admitting Who We Are

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

So much of our aliveness depends on how open we can remain. This piece looks at how we can let in what matters. Admitting Who We Are So how do we pa...

5 Gifts To Give Yourself This Holiday Season

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

This is a perfect time to stop for a moment and really think about the meaning of your own celebrations, so that you don't end up spending a fortune in time and money with nothing real to show when it is over.

Beyond Measure

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life waits irrepressibly under all the clouds that come and go. This happens within us as well as in the world. This poem speaks to our need to be where we are.

Island for One, Please: Why I Love Traveling Solo

TueNight | Posted 02.09.2015 | Travel
TueNight

Traveling alone (and I mean to more far-flung locales than, say, Jamaica) has helped to remind me that I'm more capable than I sometimes give myself credit for. I can figure things out; I can find my way.

Students Should Seek Balance of Solitude and Socialization

Gretchen Kuhsel | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Gretchen Kuhsel

The key to achieving this solitude is to erase the stigma of being alone. I've learned to embrace the fact that just because I'm not surrounded by other people doesn't mean that I am necessarily lonely.

On Retreat

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's humbling how fear can rearrange our eyes. This piece describes a personal example of this.

Nectar

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life tries to lure us into the open, the way sunlight opens a flower after a storm. This poem explores the life-force that calls to us. Nectar Like ...

My Father's Spirit Left His Body

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Atria published my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores the ...

The Fifth Element

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I admit I've known the lift of the beatific ocean of Spirit and the crash of the world's great wave. And no matter what is taken away, I try to accept everything as a blessing. I try to put down my mask and sword and keep entering life.

The Difference Between Being Alone and Being Lonely

Jay Lickus | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

Do you feel that because of modern technology, your life is getting more crowded with relationships? Or, do you feel, because of technology, that your life is becoming more lonely because these relationships are less personal, fulfilling and more distant?

The Courage Not to Waste Our Gifts

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Every single being has an amazing, unfathomable gift that only meeting life head-on and heart-on will reveal. And we can't fully know our gift alone. We need each other to discover the gift, to believe in the gift.

New York Museum Zen

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 12.29.2014 | New York
Melissa DeCastro

In New York, there is peace and serenity to be found by stepping off the sidewalk and through a museum door.