Tag: essay

Remembering How to Play

June Theme: Play

by Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

“Across the globe, many of the etymological roots of the word ‘play’ locate it in the visceral: ludere in Latin refers to leaping fishes and fluttering birds. The Anglo-Saxon lâcan means to move like a ship on the waves, … read more.

Frequently Asked Questions: What Is Beloved Community?

Beloved Community—now, there’s a phrase that many good liberal people have tossed around in recent decades. Often the speakers don’t pause to define the phrase. Maybe they assume that we listeners can all just imagine what this kind of community looks and feels like, … read more.

A Letter to Our Near-Future Selves

Dearly Loved Community, Near and Far,

As I write on this late October evening, the stress of all the uncertainties of these past months and years has reached a new level of intensity. The November 3 elections are very close; the pandemic and other natural disasters … read more.

Where Can We Go to Find Resilience?

Every single one of us, no matter what our age or life circumstances, has some story of resilience—some story about experiencing a tough time and finding our way through it. When we share these stories, what strengths do we discover? Who and what helped us? … read more.

Wonder, Grieve, Breathe, Push, Love – A Practice

On the first page of Valarie Kaur’s beautiful book, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, she remembers a time in her childhood when “there was no question: The earth under me, the stars above me, the animals around me, were all … read more.

Start with Wonder, Start with Breath

WALK SLOWLY

by Danna Faulds

from Go In and In: Poems from the Heart of Yoga

 

It only takes a reminder to breathe,

a moment to be still, and just like that,

something in me settles, softens, makes

space for imperfection. The harsh voice

of judgment drops to a whisper and I

remember … read more.