Finding Enough by Following the Thread


This poem by William Stafford has long been a trustworthy place to return if I feel lost or confused about how to move gently through the tumultuous challenges in the world: the way it is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you […]

Liberating Our Natural Generosity


Unity Magazine Jul/Aug 2003 by Neal Vahle Bread for the Journey, according to its founder Wayne Muller, “is about starting a cycle of giving and receiving in which everyone benefits.” Generosity, he believes, grows out of spiritual practice. I believe in the marrow my bones, he said when I interviewed him in his San Anselmo, California […]

Whatever Happened to Sunday?


One morning, a few years ago, Harvard President Neil Rudenstine overslept. For this perfectionist in the midst of a major fund-raising campaign, it was cause for alarm. After years of non-stop toil in an atmosphere that rewarded frantic overwork, Rudenstine collapsed. “My sense was that I was exhausted,” he told reporters. His doctor agreed. Only […]

Being Sabbath


As early as I can remember, I was both drawn to, and pained by, the sorrows of others. I was pulled toward their hurts which, regardless how they tried to hide them, I saw as clearly as my own hands. For reasons I did not then question, suffering people have always come to me. It […]

Who Fixed the Refrigerator?

Hands of Unity

Many years ago I was living in a small, second-floor walk-up apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One day my refrigerator stopped working. It still managed to store my food, but kept it warm rather than cold. When I called a repair shop they said it would cost fifty dollars just to send someone to look at […]

10 Best Leadership Books


Wayne Muller’s book “Sabbath” is listed as one of Harvard Business Review blog’s 10 best leadership books: “While I would recommend this simply because it is beautifully written, ‘Sabbath’ reinforces my view that the greatest leaders must have a moral compass.”  – Whitney Johnson,  Harvard Business Review