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Born Baffled: Musings on a Writing Life

Every now and then, someone asks me for advice on how to become a writer. I aspire to live by the insightful words of theologian Nelle Morton, “Our job is to hear people into speech.”[i] So instead of offering a dozen do’s and don’ts, I ask questions meant to evoke my conversation partner’s inner teacher,  Continue Reading »

“Welcome to the Human Race” an Interview with Parker J. Palmer on the Topic of Depression

excerpted from Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey through Depression, April 2015, Sounds True. This experience called “depression” is isolating to a greater extent than I imagined could be survivable, but I realize that this incredibly isolating experience ultimately reconnected me with the human community in a deeper, wider, and richer way. Tami Simon:  Parker,  Continue Reading »

Shadow and Leadership with Parker J. Palmer

This post originally appears on The podcast is credited to Reboot and Jerry Colona. As Carl Jung repeatedly declared, our goal is wholeness, not perfection. People living soulcentrically are not untroubled or unchallenged. They are not beyond experiencing times of confusion, mistakes, and tragedies. They have by no means healed all their wounds. They  Continue Reading »

Thank You from Parker Palmer

It’s hard to find just the right way to say THANK YOU to all who blessed me with kind and generous words on my 76th birthday! But please know that I’ve taken in every birthday greeting with gratitude and wonderment. Thanks, too, for supporting the work of the Center for Courage & Renewal with your  Continue Reading »

Life Isn’t Either/Or

As a young man I remember thinking that a paradox was some arcane mental trick played by philosophers and physicists that had little to do with me. Today, I’d say pretty much the opposite: that paradox, with the little word “and,” is perhaps the only way we can hold together the sheer complexity of what it  Continue Reading »

A Friendship, a Love, a Rescue: An Essay Celebrating Thomas Merton, by Parker J. Palmer

by Parker J. Palmer, from We Are Already One: Thomas Merton‘s Message of Hope, a new collection of essays to celebrate the Centenary of Thomas Merton’s birth, January 31, 1915. …I stand among you as one who offers a small message of hope, that first, there are always people who dare to seek on the  Continue Reading »

Aerated and enriched soil for my leadership

I still feel both buoyant and buoyed by the time I shared with a group of about 30 “young leaders and activists” at a unique Courage to Lead® retreat with Parker Palmer and Marcy Jackson. It was an amazing group of people who I felt so lucky to share a couple days with, reflecting, sitting  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #32 March 2014

75th Birthday Wishes for Parker J. Palmer Have you ever written a note to a long-time friend to tell them how much they mattered in your life? Today we’re celebrating the 75th Birthday of Parker J. Palmer, the Center’s founder and senior partner. We asked one of his long-time friends to write a birthday message  Continue Reading »

Habits of the Heart – A Different Slant on Heart Health Month

February 18, 2014 In honor of American Heart Health Month, we give you a different slant on the heart. In Parker J. Palmer ‘s latest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, he calls us to embrace how profoundly interconnected we all are — or can be. In this video below, Parker describes each of the five  Continue Reading »

Parker Palmer Addresses the State of the Heart

Like President Obama, Parker J. Palmer is concerned with the State of our Union. But unlike the President, when Parker spoke publicly about his concerns this week, his prescriptions for the future didn’t include policy measures or executive orders. Instead, Parker shared the Five Habits of the Heart essential to revitalize our democracy with guest  Continue Reading »