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Delving into the human side of news stories + issues. We do big ideas + deep meaning.
Delving into the human side of news stories + issues. We do big ideas + deep meaning.

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"Stretching our fixation to our stories is an act of love we can give ourselves each day, whether or not we consider it in the context of romantic relationships, or even close friendships."

A #ValentinesDay reflection from Sharon Salzberg on "unstitching and reweaving" the narratives we hold, and making space for a more generous understanding of our relationships and ourselves.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/sharon-salzberg-the-conscious-effort-real-love-requires/

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"When your eyes are tired / the world is tired also. /When your vision has gone / no part of the world can find you. / Time to go into the dark / where the night has eyes / to recognize its own." — David Whyte

Poetry to soothe, ruminations on the balance of faith and history, and an invitation to gather around the table to listen and to be heard.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/trent-gilliss-our-ability-to-love-break-bread-together-and-experience-the-sweet-darkness-within/

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"The question at the forefront of my mind is the same one Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked so many years ago: 'Where do we go from here? Chaos or Community?' I choose community. The community I long for will not be found in shallow platitudes promoting reconciliation. It will require the courage of everyday heroes to dig deep and find within themselves the wherewithal to lean into one another and repair the breech of relationships this election has exposed."

For many people of color, the feeling of safety is fluid and often fleeting. On this MLK Day, a young AME minister invokes the presence of her ancestors, and calls for brave spaces for sharing truths and collective healing.

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"I wonder if what’s an even bigger risk than 'presuming a reservoir of goodness in others' is presuming a reservoir of malevolence. Because that’s where I’m at." —Courtney E. Martin

Drawing on a line from Barack Obama's farewell speech, our columnist ponders the danger of one's own blindness in both presuming good and ill intent in our political figures.

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"Something has been broken for me; a fragile hope that the work of racial and gender justice will be embraced by the larger church."

Yolanda Pierce, an African-American professor and clergywoman who has spent her life building bridges across racial divides, questions whether she can continue her work knowing that four out of five white Evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/yolanda-pierce-a-fragile-hope-has-been-broken-by-my-white-brothers-and-sisters/9056

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"I’ve been trying to turn from fear and blame to self-examination."

Is our political instinct also a quest for identity and worthiness? Courtney Martin explores the desire for belonging that is at the heart of our voting impulse.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/courtney-martin-when-the-question-of-worthiness-becomes-a-quest-for-identity/9039

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“It is true in religious life, as in politics and every other human discipline, that change does not coalesce around external fault-finding, but around internal searching and correction.”

Krista Tippett's thoughts on a generation-defining speech by a conservative religious leader that is Good News for all.


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”Each of us has to cultivate space for the mysterious, for unknowing. Call it an inner life; call it whatever works for you.”

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"A hundredth part of a day is the difference between doing something and not doing it. It’s the difference between an experience envisioned or postponed or never-dreamed-of and an actual experience, one that leaves you changed — initiated and ready for more."

Instead of focusing on grit and the "10,000-hour rule," what if we tried doing something new, even just for 15 minutes? In the course of a few days, Paul Elie describes his experience surfing Steamers Lane and hiking trails in a redwood forest and Mt. Tamalpais — and how it changes one's sense of things altogether.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/paul-elie-a-hundredth-part-of-a-day/8934
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