Photograph by Lynn Friedman, Winter Walk

At the Dog Park, by Luke Storms

I took my dog, Jake, out for a walk in the park this morning. The wind was cold, and the trees were icy and barren. Jake didn’t care how cold it was. Immediately, he shot like a rocket […]

Steve McCurry, A man during the Indian festival of Holi, Rajasthan, India

Renewal at the Rubin Museum

A podcast from Parabola Editor, Tracy Cochran’s mindfulness meditation talk at the Rubin Museum of Art on January 6th, 2016.

Joni Mitchell

Visions of Joni, by Tracy Cochran

Life is hard. Even in the most fortunate lives, not at war or in physical pain and danger, there is suffering in the mind. Why? Life won’t stay still. […]


Lascaux Cave Paintings, ca. 15,000 BC

The Unfinished Painting, by Mark Nepo

Dreams and art are the smoke signals connecting the one tribe over time. Stories and myths do the same. Often we are so greatly taxed by circumstance that we lose the larger view of time […]

Odilon Redon, Silence, 1895-1900.

The Deepest Silence, by John Roger Barrie

“By embarking on the spiritual path, an aspirant is attempting to encounter silence firsthand. This is the quintessential journey in life–the inner sojourn. […]


Web Exclusives

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Although it felt like flight, I knew the fall was wrong: body upended, working to right itself even as it spiralled head-first, it seemed, down. I’d gone over the tiniest cliff, from darkened footpath to […]

Articles Translated into Spanish

Book Reviews

Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper

Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper

More than three-quarters of the way through this extraordinary biography (though that label barely captures this book’s breadth and richness) of the scholar of religion Huston Smith …

Film Reviews

Insight Out: A Review of Pixar’s "Inside Out"

Insight Out: A Review of Pixar’s “Inside Out”

J.M. Barrie once said, “Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience… and pimples.” In Pixar’s latest cinematic creation, Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) is a typical 10-year-old living in a small Midwestern town. She loves her family, friends, hockey and goofing around. …


David Ulrich

Portfolio: David Ulrich

Can my inner work towards stillness and consciousness be reflected in images? Perhaps the moments of presence I, at times, experience can be extended outward to you, the viewer.

Portfolio: Brian English

Portfolio: Brian English

Brian first studied the history of photography and Black & White printing in 1985 with Teacher and Mentor William Abranowicz at Parsons New York City. …



Zen Moments, by Pamela Travers

Zen Moments, by Pamela Travers

We sit on our heels on the tatami, the Japanese woman and myself, telling the stories of our lives. One can do this with a stranger. Too near, and the perspective is lost. Only the […]