You don’t have to love or forgive or feel compassion to extend hospitality. But it’s more than an invitation. It is the creation of a safe, inviting, trustworthy space — an atmosphere as much as a place. ~ Krista Tippet, Civil Conversation Project In her Civil Conversation Project, Krista Tippet posits that hospitality is the "bridge… Continue reading Hospitality



A long, patient view of time will replenish our sense of our capacities and our hope for the world. ~ Krista Tippet, Civil Conversation Project In eastern philosophy, patience ("khanti" is Pali) is one of the ten "paramis" (Pali for "perfections" or "that which has gone beyond").  According to Gil Fronsdal, lead teacher at Insight… Continue reading Patience



There is a deep connection between intellectual humility and meaningful public discourse -- indeed ... such discourse is intellectually humble by nature. And yet at the same time, there are fundamental challenges to the very possibility of such rational dialogue, challenges that have yet to be overcome. ~ Michael Lynch, et al. ~~~ As I… Continue reading Humility


Generous Listening

Listening is more than being quiet while others have their say.  ~ Krista Tippet Listening skills are perhaps the most essential aspect of successful communication. In her Civil Conversation Project, Krista Tippet highlights that importance, but also challenges us to take our conscious listening a step further.  "Real listening is powered by curiosity... The generous listener… Continue reading Generous Listening

Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Yoga

Words that Matter

Speak or act with a pure mind And happiness will follow you As your shadow, unshakable. ~ Buddha (Dhammapada) In her Civil Conversation Project, Krista Tippet says, "We are starved for fresh language to approach each other.  We need what Elizabeth Alexander calls 'words that shimmer' -- words with power that convey real  truth, which… Continue reading Words that Matter

Books, Suffering, Uncategorized, Words of Wisdom

The Tao in These Times

I recently discovered a new translation/interpretation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching that struck me as particularly suited to the current era.   A central tenet of the Tao is that life works best when we allow ourselves to proceed "naturally," so I was struck by the irony of William Martin's title, The Activist's Tao Te… Continue reading The Tao in These Times


Mindfulness and Society: Civil Conversation Project

The skills -- physical and mental -- that we practice in yoga and meditation are meant to benefit us individually.  We also have the possibility of carrying them into our lives, where they can also benefit our families, communities and world.  Similarly, the Civil Conversation Project, led by Krista Tippett, is aimed at benefiting the… Continue reading Mindfulness and Society: Civil Conversation Project


Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

In recent years, research has confirmed and revealed much about the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation, and as a result you may have seen popular articles about this meditation style.  Academic researchers  have compiled impressive lists of benefits enjoyed by practitioners of this ancient practice.  For example, mindfulness meditation has been found to lower anxiety, improve ability to deal with… Continue reading Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation