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May 11, 2016

We’ve long had an interest in media and storytelling—not surprising given our founder John Fetzer’s broadcasting legacy.

May 02, 2016

Contemporary culture puts a premium on revenge. Retaliation is portrayed as a mark of strength, a sign of equality, and a way to exact our due. Yet the truth is just the opposite.

Apr 19, 2016

This year we celebrate the 46th observance of Earth Day, an occasion that reminds us to walk more lightly on our planet,

May 28

When you've been walking in the wind for miles and you suddenly go into somebody's house, and he says, "Hallo, Pooh, you're just in time for a little smackeral of something," and you are, then it's what I call a friendly day. --Winnie the Pooh / A.A. Milne Photo: maidoR via Morguefile.com

May 27

On May 31 at 8:30 ET/14:30 CET, our friends with The Wellbeing Project will take part in a Facebook Live interview at the World Economic Forum on why wellbeing matters for social entrepreneurs and what steps you can take to improve your own well-being! Tune in on Tuesday at this link. http://bit.ly/1WQTQkB

May 27

There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear. --Frank Tyger Photo: Mathias Klang via Flickr (CC by 2.0 http://bit.ly/1EASfBm)

May 26

Even in a world of limitless, instantaneous, global connection, the most powerful mode of communication is that of two people listening.

May 26

If we really forgave ourselves for all the wickedness that we think we have inside—all the things that we think are wrong with ourselves...we would then be so much more compassionate with others. —Alexandra Asseily

May 25

For the second year in a row, a Minnesota-based Episcopal priest is organizing a state-wide effort to bring Christians and people of other faiths into mosques during Ramadan to get to know their Muslim neighbors.

May 25

Faith is the centerpiece of a connected life. It allows us to live by the grace of invisible strands. --Terry Tempest Williams

May 24

"We are stories we tell ourselves, or more accurately, we’re the stories that are told to us again and again...It’s difficult to imagine how a critical mass of people could simultaneously become aware of and challenge the dominant stories that actively shape us." Are there stories worth discarding? Editing? Telling in a new way? Check out this introduction to a new series on spirituality and visionary politics from Transformation.

May 24

The hardest thing is to keep your horizons open, to keep exploring the green growing edge. As I tremble there, I find myself wondering, "What do I love more than I fear? How can I motivate myself by what I love?" --Dawna Markova Photo: lightfood via Morguefile.com

May 23

Research suggests that we’ve not only been capable of empathy for eons, but that compassion is rooted in our brains and nervous systems, supporting our social nature and our need to protect the vulnerable among us. While selfish and aggressive tendencies are certainly part of our makeup, increasingly research is providing a more well-rounded and hopeful picture of human nature. Find information and resources to get some conversations on compassion started with our free downloadable guide.

May 23

The highest art is the art of living an ordinary life in an extraordinary manner. --Tibetan Proverb Photo: Erol Ahmed via Unsplash.com

May 22

There are many winds full of anger, and lust and greed. They move the rubbish around, but the solid mountain of our true nature stays where it's always been. --Rumi Photo: Luka Zanon via Unsplash.com

May 21

When we are devoted to the development of kindness, we are no longer forcing ourselves into a mold we think we have to occupy; rather, it becomes a movement of the heart so deep and subtle that it is like a movement of the sea close to the ocean floor, all but hidden yet affecting absolutely everything that happens above. That's the force of kindness. --Sharon Salzberg Photo: Michio Morimoto via Flickr http://bit.ly/1NyFuTq (CC by 2.0 http://bit.ly/1EASfBm)

May 20

Gardening Day at GilChrist, our public retreat center in Three Rivers, Michigan, is an annual treat for Fetzer staff. As you head in to the weekend, here's a taste of the beauty and spirit of GilChrist. If you find you'd like more than a taste, follow this link for information, including a reservation request form. http://fetzer.org/retreat-facilities/gilchrist/overview

May 20

Ultimately, it is all very simple. There is no choice between being kind to others and being kind to ourselves. It is the same thing. --Piero Ferrucci Photo: Thomas Hawk, Flickr http://bit.ly/27EMnsP (CC by 2.0 http://bit.ly/1EASfBm)

May 19

"Think of success as a communal experience. Don't think of success as being individual, as being tied to a number in your bank account. It is not about what level of material accumulation you and I as individuals can get to. It is about the extent to which we can transform the lives of our community." Omid Safi's wonderful and witty commencement speech offers practical wisdom for all ages.

May 19

We're not supposed to live a horizontal life on the surface of things. We are supposed to live the entire gamut, from the heights of thoughts and imagination all the way down to the depths of woundedness and the deeper capacity to love. --Michael Meade Photo: infinitetrix via Morguefile.com

May 18

Doing ritual, whether religious or simple everyday acts, is a powerful way to break bad habits.

May 18

We're feeling the love...of nature today! It's Gardening Day at GilChrist, our public retreat center in Three Rivers, MI. See more images on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/fetzerinstitute/

May 18

To be in the present moment with someone is a gift. The gift of attention is perhaps the most precious and envied of all, even though we do not always realize it. --Piero Ferucci Photo: maryhere via Morguefile.com

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May 28

From Enemy to Friend: #Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of #Peace https://t.co/iuxXQYvDRU

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May 28

"...If there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive, I forgive myself for that." Buddhist Forgiveness Prayer [Video]

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May 27

Why wellbeing matters for soc entrepreneurs @WellbeingProj1 Facebook Live intrvw 5/31, 8:30 am ET. https://t.co/Q01mwSpEfa @wef @schwabfound

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May 27

"Love is beautiful when it's professed, but it's only meaningful when it's practiced." Watch Brené Brown on #love. https://t.co/F7jgiUZ9U4

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May 27

RT @matthieu_ricard: “In the same way you can learn to play the piano, you can learn to cultivate compassion in your heart.”—MR https://t.c…

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May 27

Empathic discipline cuts suspension rates, improves student-teacher relationships https://t.co/OYwbOviHrn via @GreaterGoodSC

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May 27

A year after #Charleston shooting, an ongoing need of #forgiveness https://t.co/j4HyK4Z5jm via @csmonitor

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May 27

There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear. --Frank Tyger

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May 26

#Spirituality Is Enfolded into the Act of Living — Sylvia Boorstein https://t.co/Xl1cBo7AkS via @onbeing

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May 26

RT @MarilynSchlitz: Finding Awe in the Ordinary | The Fetzer Institute https://t.co/fAe4qxcqej

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