If you use your difficulties to create art, says Ruth Ozeki, it will give them meaning.
Grief offers a unique opportunity, says bereaved mother Cecilia Mitra, but only if we’re not afraid to discover its primal source.
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu’s grandmother taught him that it’s the human condition to be lonely. Being mindful of our loneliness connects us to all others who are feeling the same way.
When Holly Stocking finds an unopened gift from her late husband, she contemplates what it really means to be gone — and gone beyond.
Diana Winston teaches a step-by-step meditation to practice in times of tragedy.
Perfectly clear, compassionate, and concise, the “Five Remembrances” are Buddhism at its very best. Koun Franz explains.
Zen Buddhist priest Tenku Ruff She reflects on her experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine — both the joy and grief.
As his brother’s mind deteriorates, Cary Groner grapples with troubling questions about the ephemerality of the self.
Sitting still in the dark zendo and breathing with others is exactly what Natalie Goldberg needs. On this last night of the year, she wonders what this human life is all about.
Perhaps these days of less sunlight are opportunities for more contemplative time, more looking deeply to see what can only be seen in the dark.