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Solitude

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 04.30.2015 | 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.

8 Reasons Why Spending Time Alone Is Actually Really Good For You

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Americans have a complicated relationship with alone time. Though we often feel a constant connection because of social media, the fact is, we're more...

The Solitude of 8 Million

DeShaun Craddock | Posted 04.26.2015 | New York
DeShaun Craddock

New York City: a cacophony of activity. It's a place that never seems to slow down for anyone; it unabashedly straddles the line between order and cha...

Are You the Walking Dead?

Tenille Livingston | Posted 04.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tenille Livingston

There are many among us that are aimlessly searching for things without substance. They are merely living, but existing and settling for the crumbs of...

Between the Wall and the Flame

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

One of the noble covenants of love is how we take turns lifting each other from the limited vision that arises when we are in pain, how we take turns reminding each other that there is more than our pain, more than our despair, while bearing witness to our pain and despair. This poems comes from such a time.

The Book Won't Let Me Hold It

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I was trying to read a book of poets from all over the world but the day and the light led me to feel their lives. This is the poem that arrived.

Writing and Solitude

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 03.13.2015 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

Writing is a solitary pursuit. There's something of the loneliness of the long distance runner in it. It often feels like an extreme sport. Hour after hour after hour of solitude. Time passing quickly if the work is going well, crawling if it's not.

With Things That Break

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

What matters bears entering more than once. This entering-more-than-once is a form of listening. It's how leaves in fall offer a deeper color on rainy days.

A Walk Through Time

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.03.2015 | 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 exhibit featuring the work of Gauguin, I felt his presence strongly.

The Small, Scared Animal Within

Diriye Osman | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.18.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 03.29.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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.