Rainer Maria Rilke on Trusting in Nature, Loving Small Things & Living Questions

Suspension Bridge Nepal Himalaya

In the great silence of these distances, I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life, …even more than I was in Paris, where everything echoes and fades away differently because of the excessive noise that makes Things tremble. Here, where I am surrounded by an enormous landscape, which the winds move across as they […]


Anais Nin on June Miller—& a Rare Radio Interview

Anais Nin

“Words and certain languages and certain rhythms belong to certain personalities — the writing takes on the color of the certain personality that I describe.” ~ Anaïs Nin Listen to a rare interview with Anaïs Nin Frank Roberts of KPFK radio interviews Anaïs Nin, following the publication of the first volume of her eponymous diary in 1966. […]


Pema Chödrön on Why to Meditate

African American Woman Meditating In Nature

We do not meditate in order to be comfortable. In other words, we don’t meditate in order to always, all the time, feel good. Meditation gives us the opportunity to have an open, compassionate attentiveness to whatever is going on. The meditative space is like the big sky— spacious, vast enough to accommodate anything that […]


Diane Ackerman on Truly Living Our Lives

Pair of hiking boots on an alpine summit balanced on the edge of a rocky cliff overlooking distant alps with scattered snow on a sunny summer day, Hochvogel, Germany

“The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat an unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, […]


Tom Robbins on Writing and Making a Fool of Yourself


“Never be afraid to make a fool of yourself. …the furthest out you can go is the best place to be, but pushing the envelope has to come naturally, you can’t force it. Always compare yourself to the best. Even if you never measure up, it can’t help but make you better. I look for […]


Natalie Goldberg on Stepping Out Your Own Way & How Writing Frees Us

an antique typewriter on a wooden table toned with a retro vinta

“Simply step out of the way and record your thoughts as they roll through you. Writing Practice spends the heart and mind, helps to keep us flexible so that rigid distinctions between apples and milk, tigers and celery disappear. Every minute we change. It is a great opportunity. At any point, we can step out […]


Pema Chödrön on Tigers, Strawberries and the Preciousness of the Moment

Portrait Of Sumatran Tiger In Black And White

“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers […]


Sharon Saltzberg on Connection, Compassion and Loving Kindness


“As we go about our ordinary day it’s easy to overlook how vulnerable we all are to change. In some ways I think our society is built around the notion that if we accumulate enough, or get that one, special experience, relationship or object, it will serve as a totem against change. It’s a powerful […]


Brené Brown on Owning Your Story & the Power of Vulnerability

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“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will […]


Pema Chödrön on the Moment, Not Taking Things Personally and Liberation

Serene young woman with hands together in prayer pose in the des

How to taste the quality of the moment by Pema Chödrön It could be the main koan of your life. How to taste the quality of the moment, of the week, without the labels of good and bad, or succeeding and failing. But really just get used to tasting or knowing or experiencing the quality […]