We have exciting news for you! This space, Ruminate Magazine’s blog, has been abuzz with compelling essays, reviews, interviews, poems, and art for the past ten years. Our regular columnists, guest contributors, and readers have all shared in encouraging the contemplative arts, and our readership has grown to 4,000 readers a month.
To further celebrate this online space, we've given it a new name: The Waking.
The Waking takes after Ruminate’s mission to help us slow down, read deeply, and live awake—a call that our writers and artists have answered with craft and care. We are excited for the ways our community of creators and readers will continue to support this space under its new name. To read a sampling of past posts that have helped people to slow down and live more awake, check out the following suggestions:
Thanks for sharing in our journey here at The Waking. What posts on this blog have helped you come awake?
Pssst…A sneak peek of forthcoming posts includes:
- The second installment of the series honoring the legacy of Rachel Held Evans
- An essay on encountering humanity through public transportation
- A reflection on grief and Eucharist in the Christian tradition
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Charnell Peters is the author of the poetry chapbook Un-becoming (Thirty West Publishing House). Her previous work has appeared in Apogee, Hippocampus, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere. She is the blog editor for Ruminate Magazine.
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Also in The Waking
A shiver moves down my spine, and I wrap my sweatshirt tighter. Sometimes, despite the incantations, I really just need one of your many arms to hold me. To hold all of us. I want to shout out—Bhoodevi, the earth, is at the bottom of the ocean.
Mercy has become an exercise in noticing: the unexpected coffee bought for me by a friend, a kind email from a colleague, a whole chocolate cake left on my desk by a volunteer at a nonprofit I work for. If this past year has been one of sorrows, it has also been one where I step from mercy to mercy.
Greenhouses toe the line between the natural world and the built environment. They protect crops by controlling natural forces such as heavy rain, cold, and strong winds. Though they contain aspects of the natural world like water, soil, plants, and microbiota, they are still highly cultivated and thus disconnected from the wilderness.