Winter 2022-2023: Darkness & Light

“In this new issue, an array of thinkers, artists, and teachers join us on a memorable journey into the profound mysteries of both Darkness and Light….

May this issue guide you well on your own daily journey into light, and darkness, and light again.”

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Walking with George

Walking with George

I had never been good at practicing mindfulness, or being mindful—period—until I got a dog. Observing your breath, extolled as the surefire way to become present, left me in such a deep state of hyperventilation I quickly wanted a break…

When the Source Ran Free: A story for the present time

When the Source Ran Free: A story for the present time

Watching the sun rise over the wetlands, the mist fading, even here in the midst of nature there is the strange stillness of a world in lockdown — waiting, wondering, anxiety, and fear its companions. I am writing these words…

Our April Gift to You: A Free PDF of “The Search for Meaning”

Our April Gift to You: A Free PDF of “The Search for Meaning”

These are challenging times for all of us. We at Parabola are offering a free PDF of our “The Search for Meaning” issue from Spring 2017 to anyone who would like one, and we hope you will find comfort in…

Coronavirus: A New Responsibility

Coronavirus: A New Responsibility

Photograph by Lee van Laer   In the midst of our anxiety and our reaction to the danger of infection, life seems somewhat surreal—compelling, distracting. I’m taken by the moment, and everything seems to be about the disease itself. Yet…

Four times a year for nearly 50 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

Spring 2023:
TRANSFORMATION (submission deadline: December 01, 2022)

Summer 2023:
THE COSMOS (submission deadline: March 01, 2023)

Fall 2023:
SAINTS & SINNERS (submission deadline: June 01, 2023)

Winter 2023/2024:
COMFORT & JOY (submission deadline: September 01, 2023)

Please note that these deadlines apply to editorial submissions; our schedule for advertisers may be found here.


The Golden Rule Pledge

All life strives to incorporate the principle of the Golden Rule. Directing our attention toward understanding this most basic principle gives us a reasonable, common sense, and compassionate direction in anything we do. Remembering to use the Golden Rule in our own lives transforms our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with planet Earth.

AN INVITATION TO ALL:

1stStrive and Incorporate: I will strive to understand the meaning of the Golden Rule for myself and how I wish to incorporate it in my life, recognizing that this effort is sometimes hard and yet always helpful. This is my pledge.

2ndInvite and Request: I will invite others to do the same: live by the Golden Rule. We can change the world for the better when we apply the Golden Rule in all organizations: environmental, civic, legal, economic, educational, political, or social entities, including religious and faith traditions. This is my petition.

3rdStand in Unity: I will join with those on this planet who wish to take real responsibility toward compassion and fairness; and to build an understanding with others about what is to be done based upon the principle of the Golden Rule. Simply stated,

Treat others and the Earth the way you want to be treated

Respect for All Life is the foundation.
The Great Law of Peace, Native American

The Golden Rule Project will continuously make the results of this pledge/petition/proclamation available for all to see and utilize. The more of us who agree and sign, the more power we share as we petition our representatives to live by and apply the Golden Rule in real life situations. This is our Proclamation.