From John Muir comes this reminder about how we travel through life. “I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on […]

Years ago Robert Fulghum wrote a book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Now a study of culture in some of the world’s most successful organizations has discovered the same thing. In his book The Culture Code, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle goes inside organizations like Pixar, the San Antonio […]

By some mysterious grace, Rumi and Parker Palmer join the conversation I opened up yesterday when I quoted Maria Popova, “To reclaim the beauty of the multitudes we each contain, we must break free of the prison of our fragments and meet one another as whole persons full of wonder unblunted by identity-template and expectation.” […]

In the rending of our society and politics into ever more deeply opposing camps, “… we have somehow found ourselves in an era where even the brightest, kindest, most idealistic people spring to judgment … in a heart-flinch. Questions invite instant opinions more often than they invite conversation and contemplation ….” That’s how Maria Popova […]

Long ago I stopped making resolutions for the new year. Instead, I turn to a poem that has been passed on in my family for at least three generations since it became widely known at the threshold of World War II and that opens to me in greater depth with each new year passes. In […]

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a great time for reviewing and appraising the ending year in preparation for the new year that’s set to begin, and for many years I’ve used it for just that. Clearing my desktop, purging files and lists, and preparing a fresh journal have been the heart […]

As heart warming as Christmas can be, the days after can leave the heart low and empty for many. The season leading up to Christmas invites us to be attentive for the advent of some new manifestation of the divine mystery in the coming of light. The season after Christmas invites us, perhaps even urges […]

What if the Chinese are the first to have meaningful contact with extraterrestrial life? That’s the question raised in an editorial I read recently. In the editorial, “first” meant “before the U.S.,” and the writer addressed economic and national defense concerns. His article reminded me of the classic spiritual adage – offered, I think, half […]

Do you like surprises? I do. I like to be surprised by the new and different and unexpected, by things that add a little zip to life. I also like those surprises to be safe. I don’t like surprises that threaten things I depend on. I shy away from surprises that destabilize things I count […]