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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grief and How to Push Through

Heidi Legg | Posted 09.05.2014 | Women
Heidi Legg

Sukey, to me, is a testament that those who grieve and experience great loss, but work to swim through it, are lit from within.

One Simple Choice That Unlocks Life's Limitless Potential

Panache Desai | Posted 09.02.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Panache Desai

If you take the risk and let your journey play out, you'll find life unfolding exactly as it is meant to. By giving all to love and letting your true expression -- your authentic soul signature -- shine forth without hesitation, everything you've been searching for will come searching for you.

Declaring Our Independence Through Education

Michael Roth | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Michael Roth

On this July 4 we should dedicate ourselves to recovering the American promise that education should increase our independence. Since the founding of this country, education has been closely tied to self-reliance, to declaring one's independence through one's ability to think for oneself and creatively contribute to society. In a quickly shifting economic landscape, it is understandable that some parents and pundits are calling for streamlined learning to train people quickly. But gearing education only to meeting current economic conditions is a ticket to conformity -- and also to economic and cultural mediocrity.

Losing an Incidental Friend

Laura Stepp | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Stepp

In an increasingly fast and fragmented world, our incidental friends ground us. The metaphor of a tent comes to mind: If our immediate family and close friends provide the framework and the canvas, incidental friends like Mary are the stakes making sure the canvas doesn't blow away. Until those incidental friends depart.

The Power of Solitude

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

My lonely cabin was like my mind, a prison cell full of screeching monkeys. No equilibrium anywhere. Although I was alone, there was no solitude.

Daily Meditation: To Love And Be Loved

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Beyond Boston: A Road Trip to Concord and Lexington

WHERE | Posted 06.17.2014 | Travel
WHERE

Unlike Paul Revere, you don't need to look to Boston's Old North Church for two lanterns to see that you should hit the road for Concord and Lexington, Mass.

The Shifting Status Quo

Susan Ann Darley | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Susan Ann Darley

I'm sure you've noticed that monumental change is taking place throughout the world. Catalytic shifts caused by fires, floods and earthquakes and wars, plus economic stress and political stalemates are interrupting lives that once thrived on simplicity and stability.

Generosity Is the New Currency

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

Studies show that being generous with one's time, for example through volunteering, can lengthen your life, lower blood pressure, help manage pain and boost overall feelings of well-being.

Staying on the Bus

David Blistein | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

One unsettling thing about aging is the subtle fear that the bus has left you behind. Or that you're lugging around so much baggage you won't be able to get back on at the next stop. That instead of heading towards the light -- transcendent or otherwise -- your so-called "golden years" are in the rear-view mirror.

Living Well, According To Some Of The Wisest People Who Ever Lived

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living

Since ancient times, philosophers have been preoccupied with the big questions: What does it mean to live a good life? What is happiness? Does human l...

10 Positive-Thinking Books That Might Change Your Life

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Mitch Horowitz

The gospel of positivity grew out of mystical and occult subcultures in America starting in the mid-19th century and went on to become closest thing America has to a national creed.

Rumi and Emerson: A Bridge Between the West and the Muslim World

Craig Considine | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Jalalud'din Rumi and Ralph Waldo Emerson's love for everyone and everything, regardless of who or what they were, shows that non-Muslims and Muslims are not as different as many people imagine.

Earth Days

William McDonough | Posted 04.19.2013 | Green
William McDonough

The time has come for the ecological century. Nature does not respond to our interdependence with it by trying to minimize itself out of existence, but instead by growing and flourishing. Good design does the same.

Conformity Is the Enemy: From Groupthink to Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Conformity, whether rationalized or simply imposed, undermines our government, our press, and our educational systems. We've had to learn some hard lessons about this in the last 10 years. Surely one of them is that we must defend diversity as a tool for innovation and for responsible decision-making.

Steadfastness

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This is a profound example of quiet integrity -- staying true to one's own nature and staying whole. Steadfastness, in its deepest regard, inhabits the resolve not to be persuaded or worn down to be something we are not.

Why Liberal Education Matters -- A Lecture in Beijing

Michael Roth | Posted 02.26.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Will pragmatic liberal education instigate skillful and compassionate strategies -- here and abroad -- for addressing our most pressing challenges?

Why I Hate Jane Austen

Abby Rogers | Posted 03.24.2013 | Books
Abby Rogers

After about two decades of being a voracious reader, I'm still at a loss as to why so many people have elevated Jane Austen to the level of literary herodom. To put it bluntly, I just don't the seemingly female-gender-wide obsession with Ms. Austen.

The Fruits Of Doubt

Katherine Towler | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Katherine Towler

Theologians through the ages remind us that doubt is integral to belief and even to prayer. Paul Tillich argued that "doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith." God is present in our doubt as much as our certainty.

'The Lives They Lived'

David Sable | Posted 03.02.2013 | Media
David Sable

No matter where you are in the world you will recognize many, if not all of the subjects chosen, and if you are like me, you will come away stirred by those with great accomplishments; moved by those whose lives were cut off too short and motivated by what can be accomplished.

Emerson and the Dream of America

Richard Geldard | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Richard Geldard

As we approach this crucial election, I want to reflect for a moment on the influence of one of our founding thinkers on the issues before the American electorate, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who has even been mistakenly connected to the egocentric assertions of Ayn Rand.

'Greetings From Fire Island,' Directed by Glenn Gebhard

James Scarborough | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
James Scarborough

Groundbreaking and fascinating, Greetings From Fire Island is framed between the erection of a mid-19th century lighthouse and, almost 150 years later, its return as a historical monument.

Emerson's Declaration of Spiritual Independence

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

This was radical stuff in pre-Civil War America. Emerson was essentially turning religion 180 degrees on its axis. Instead of a deity presiding over creation from somewhere up there, divinity was here, there and everywhere.

Learning and Independence: Examples for the Fourth

Michael Roth | Posted 09.03.2012 | College
Michael Roth

I've been so impressed by the consistent links between education and freedom that run through American intellectual history. As we celebrate America's birthday, let me share just two.

July 3 And 4: Celebrating Inner And Outer Freedom

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

That this year's Guru Purnima comes the day before Independence Day strikes me as symbolism worth reflecting upon. Both India and America have always stood for something special in the world's eyes, and the two civilizations have enriched one another immeasurably with their gifts.