Winter 2021: The Golden Rule

One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.”
This Yoruba proverb is one of hundreds of iterations of the Golden Rule around the globe and through human history. Given the prevalence of the Rule, often expressed in Western culture as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” we can consider it the universal human ethic, distilled from the well of humanity’s conscience.”

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Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from the Fall 2021 issue of Parabola Magazine, Fire, including the lead essay by Sufi master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, “Fire Season.” Read the full issue by subscribing to Parabola. Parabola Magazine · Parabola Podcast Episode 50: Fire

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Parabola Podcast: Wellness

Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from the Spring 2021 issue of Parabola, Wellness, including an exploration of the world’s healing water goddesses and a practical guide to awakening awareness. Your thoughts about yourself, experiences, and perceptions continually arise and change, come and go, but awareness remains. Don’t try to grasp or understand awareness; notice…

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Four times a year for over 40 years Parabola has gathered the wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions to illuminate the central questions of life.

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Upcoming Issues

Wonder (submission deadline: December 01, 2021)
Ancestors (submission deadline: March 01, 2022)
Belonging (submission deadline: June 01, 2022)
Transformations (submission deadline: September 01, 2022)


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Highlights from the archive

The Parabola Book of Healing

A collection of writings by such individuals as John Donne, Norman Cousins, Anatole Broyard, Joseph Bruchac, and Maya Deren, who try to define health and examine efforts by various groups of people to encourage it.

I Become Part of It:
Sacred Dimensions in Native American Life

This collection of essays and stories, many of which first appeared in Parabola magazine, explores Native American life in the last, present, and future, from Navajo sand paintings to first hand accounts of spirit quests.

Elders on Love

Dialogues on the consciousness, cultivation, and expression of love in all its forms, at all ages.

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