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THE SUNDAY PAPER

THE SUNDAY PAPER

The Sunday Paper is a free modern digital newsletter to inspire your heart and mind. 

Each week in your email inbox, Maria delivers powerful, thought-provoking content that provides hope for the path ahead. In addition to sharing Maria’s latest reflections, The Sunday Paper also shares news and views “above the noise” to help ignite you to become an Architect of Change and Move Humanity Forward.. Get inspired to make a difference and live a more meaningful life. Sign up today!


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Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: It’s Time To Pause

"If light is in your heart, you will find your way home." — Rumi This week, I've been thinking about the fragility of life. I've been thinking about how hard it is for so many of us to keep at it day after day. This morning, as my family mourns its own loss, I sit...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Take Charge of Your Life

"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk our own path." — Buddhaint Teresa of Calcutta The other day, I had a conversation with a friend of mine that gave me goosebumps. She is someone who, by all accounts, is super successful....

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Where Do You Belong?

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." — Saint Teresa of Calcutta I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the phrase “go back to where you came from.” Those were the words our president uttered last week, and after he...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Deep in the Great Smoky Mountains…

"Those who tell the stories rule the world." — Hopi American Indian proverb I love striking up conversations with people from all walks of life, especially those who have walked down paths I know nothing about. I try to have these conversations as often as I can,...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: What a Beautiful Life

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style." — Maya Angelou My friend Clay wrote me the other day to tell me about a book he’s reading. It’s called Seven Ages of Paris, and in...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Less Is More

"I have spent my whole life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream." — Bruce Springsteen The other night, I was having dinner with a friend when she said something that really struck me. She said: “I just want less. Less stuff. Less to...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: What’s Your Reaction?

"Reaction: a boat which is going against the current, but which does not prevent the river from flowing on." — Victor Hugo My entire life, I’ve always been that person who says to the doctor, “I’m not allergic to anything.” I’ve also been that person who reads the...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Make Yourself a Light

"Make of yourself a light." — said the Buddha, before he died. The picture above is a space in my yard where I go when I need to center myself. It is my sanctuary. It is where I come when I feel overwhelmed. It is where I sit when I can’t figure out what I think...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Feeling Blessed

"To be awake is to be alive." — Henry David Thoreau There are some days when thinking gives way to feeling. This is one of those days for me. Today, I am getting out of my head and into my heart. Why? Because my heart feels full. I feel grateful. I feel hopeful. I...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: There’s No Place Like Home

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned." — Maya Angelou It was early evening when it happened. I was walking back to my car after a boxing session (yup, I box!), when I turned the corner and encountered a...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: It’s Time to Have Some Fun

"Have fun is my message. Be silly. You're allowed to be silly. There's nothing wrong with it." — Jimmy Fallon A few days ago, a friend said to me, “Maria, you have got to start going out more! You have got to start having more fun!” Her words landed like a thud...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Finding the “Why” in Your Life

"We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.”  — Anne Lamott Earlier this week, I had dinner with my friends Martha and Ro. They used to live just a short...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: A Mother’s Day Message

"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.”  — Barbara Kingsolver I love Mother’s Day because I just love, love, love being a mother. It’s such an honor to bring a child into this world. It’s such a humbling experience to try to get it “right”...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: The Joy of Connection

"When the world is complicated, the simple gift of friendship is in all our hands.”  — Maria I’m so happy May is upon us because it’s a month that feels like spring. It feels light. It feels joyful. It feels full of possibility. Everywhere you look, you can see nature...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: What Are You Great At?

"It is the ability to choose which makes us human.”  — Madeleine L'Engle The other night at my Sunday dinner, my friend Chelsea asked me if I had read the book "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" by Greg McKeown. When I told her no, she said: "If anyone...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: An Easter Sunday Message For You

"Salvation is the root. The resurrection is the fruit.”  — Bishop T.D. Jakes Happy Easter! Happy Easter! Happy Easter! Just writing those words makes me smile. Easter is all about rising and resurrection, as I mentioned last week. That makes me smile this morning as...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: The Power to Rise Again

"We may stumble and fall, but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.”  — Mahatma Gandhi Today marks the beginning of Holy Week. As a child, I used to love going to church on Palm Sunday and trying to turn my palm into a crucifix...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Let’s Be Ambassadors of Reconciliation

"The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”  — Rumi The other day, the priest at my church said something that caught my attention. He spoke about becoming what he called an “Ambassador of Reconciliation.” “Are there individuals you have chosen to walk away...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Let’s Show the World a Different Way

"Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?”  — Desmond Tutu Sometimes you are lucky enough to take a trip at just the right moment... I have been in Abu Dhabi this week for the Special Olympics World...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: It’s Getting Better…

"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”  — Chinese Proverbour fears.”  Last week, I wrote that things are going to get better. This week, there were several examples that I was right! For one, there was a huge breakthrough in the global...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: What Can We Do Without?

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”  — Nelson Mandela When I read that ratings were up for this year's Academy Awards—the “no-host Oscars,” as they've been called—I have to admit that I wasn't surprised. It also got me thinking. If the Oscars can...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: How to Stay Focused On the Light

"We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light a candle that can guide us through the darkness to a safe and sane future.”  — John F. Kennedy How does one stay in the know, without getting lost in the noise? This is a topic I touched upon in my essay last week,...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Turn Off the Noise. Turn Up the Hope.

"Happiness depends more upon the internal flame of a person's own mind than on the externals of the world.”  — George Washington National emergency! National emergency! National emergency! After the news broke, the TV pundits started chattering nonstop about the...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Love to Move Us Forward

"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”  — Victor Hugo I have to say, there were more than a few times last week when I thought, “What is happening in our world?” The way Jeff...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: A Reflection on this Historic Moment

"All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities.”  — John O'Donohue The other morning, I picked up a copy of my local newspaper and simply stopped and stared at the front page. Right there...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: The Power of the Pause

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  — Winston Churchill Back in 2012, I gave a commencement speech called “The Power of the Pause" in which I spoke about the value of pausing before one reacts,...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: What Is It You Plan To Do?

"When it's all over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.”  — Mary Oliver The other day, I was talking to a friend about the people who have most impacted our lives. She shared with me a moving encounter she recently had with a stranger and...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Tag, You’re It

"Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”  — Henry David Thoreau This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the different speeches that have been on TV these last few days. Yes,...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Your Adventure Awaits

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." — T.S. Eliot  On the first day of 2019, I sat down and meditated on how blessed I am to get this chance at a new year of life. I focused on my intention to embrace the year ahead as one big...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: What Is It Like to Be You Right Now?

"The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free her/himself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness." — Tara Brach Last week, as I was...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Honoring A Life Well-Lived

"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." — Ernest Hemingway There are some weeks when I wait until the very end to write my “I’ve Been Thinking…” essay for The Sunday Paper....

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: A Moment of Decision

"The unending paradox is that we do learn through pain." — Madeleine L'Engle There I was last Sunday, sitting on my porch reading, when I came across a fascinating and inspiring article in the newspaper. (My porch is my favorite spot to sit, think, read, reflect,...