Life is stressful. Although some people claim that contemporary life is especially stressful, I am skeptical whether that is so. Living beings have always had to struggle for food, for shelter, and for safety. They have always had the stress of finding a mate and reproducing. The world is no Garden of Eden.
Each Friday, we share three topical longreads in our Weekend Reader newsletter. This week, Lion’s Roar magazine’s editorial assistant Hal Atwood explores the real meaning of kindness.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s life of courage and compassion, by Andrea Miller.
A 1995 conversation between digital activist and lyricist John Perry Barlow — who died on February 7, 2018 — and social theorist bell hooks.
You’re going to make one anyway, says Anita Feng. So why not go big? You might end up with something more beautiful than perfection.
Mushim Patricia Ikeda says it’s not enough to help others. You have to take care of yourself too.
Are we all alone in this world or at one with everything? Nick Walser shines a spotlight on the paradoxical nature of loneliness.
On the occasion of Pema Chödrön’s birthday, Lion’s Roar’s deputy editor Andrea Miller shares the important lessons Pema has taught her.
Meditation, writes David Guy, is the practice of trusting life. When we practice this trust, we can more easily accept the inevitability of death.
Life is busy. Here’s a selection of quick meditations to work with emotional distress and foster mindfulness when time is scarce.