Personal Growth

The Pulse of the Wild- Mary Reynolds Thompson

The Pulse of the Wild- Mary Reynolds Thompson

We came upon it late in the day, after weeks of downpours. My husband and I were exploring the Loop of the Seven Lakes, north of Bariloche in Argentina, when we turned down a deserted dirt road. Mud pools and potholes transformed our rented Fiat into a cross between a...

Seeing the World As If For the First Time- Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.

Seeing the World As If For the First Time- Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.

As children, we did not have to be taught what awe was. We simply experienced it. Recall the first time you found yourself stretched out in a field, on a balmy, late-summer day, watching those soft, billowy clouds drifting across the sky, changing forms with a...

Some People Wake Up: Reflections on Initiation- Francis Weller

Some People Wake Up: Reflections on Initiation- Francis Weller

Again and again Some people wake up. They have no ground in the crowd And they emerge according to broader laws. They carry strange customs with them, And demand room for bold gestures.   The future speaks ruthlessly through them.   -Rainer Maria Rilke No...

Writing to Awaken- Mark Matousek

Writing to Awaken- Mark Matousek

I started to write compulsively when I was in the second grade: journals filled with secret thoughts and shameful truths that I could tell no one. Many writers begin this way, turning inward as children to look for answers they can’t find around them. These notebooks...

How Do You Live?- Mark Matousek

How Do You Live?- Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek, M.A., is a bestselling author and teacher whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through transformational writing and self-inquiry. He brings over three decades of experience as a memoirist, editor, interviewer, survivor,...

Not Going Back- Taya Mâ Shere

Not Going Back- Taya Mâ Shere

I am in a category of people who will not be going back to “normal”. As those close to me receive or pursue COVID vaccination, and begin to dream of “returning” - to connection, to work as before if possible, to in-person learning, and so much more - I am stymied. My...

Black Horse Wisdom- Linda Kohanov

Black Horse Wisdom- Linda Kohanov

Many people associate the black horse with evil knights and renegades, but this universal archetype represents something more profound than reckless defiance. From the perspective of the Mexican aristocracy, Zorro rode like the devil on his magnificent black steed....

Re-Pairing Opposites- Jan Phillips

Re-Pairing Opposites- Jan Phillips

“The quality of true genius is the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts simultaneously without losing your mind.” —Charles Baudelaire I’m a photographer. I‘ve been looking through the lens of a camera for fifty years, and through its tiny aperture, I find myself...

Are You Cheating Your Children?- Polly Young-Eisendrath

Are You Cheating Your Children?- Polly Young-Eisendrath

Today's parents are too often fed fictions of parental "love."Most of us think of love in terms of the comfort, passion, closeness, or tenderness it will bring. We imagine the enjoyment of passing hours and days with a beloved who pleases us in every way—touch, smell,...

Where Are the Dead Now?- Perdita Finn

Where Are the Dead Now?- Perdita Finn

What happens to the dead? Do they vanish into oblivion, their molecules assumed back into soil and strata? Or do they ascend into heavenly realms beyond our comprehension? Do they lurk in graveyards as vampires and zombies, ready to reach their bony hands up through...

Help! My Grandchildren Keep Changing- Jane Isay

Help! My Grandchildren Keep Changing- Jane Isay

In the time of Covid, we grandparents may worry that the kids are lost to us. Here’s a moment to remind us that they are growing—and they are dealing with this scary time—the best they can. I learned this lesson on a trip to the beach.I had lost him. My grandchild was...