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Becoming Wise is an inquiry into the mystery and art of living. Peabody Award-winning journalist Krista Tippett engages wise lives of our day — from Brian Greene and Jon Kabat-Zinn to Brené Brown and Maria Popova. A companion to the New York Times bestselling book from Penguin Press. On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, Becoming Wise, Creating Our Own Lives, and more to come.
||Clean#19 Einstein Speaks to Us About Race | S. James Gates||"His capability to ask the 'What if?' question opened the door to the deepest marker of humanity, and that's empathy." Physicist S. James Gates celebrates the scientific and social power of Albert Einstein's imagination.||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 Trauma and Resilience Land in Our Bodies | Bessel Van Der Kolk||"Trauma treatment starts at the foundation of a body that can sleep, a body that can rest, a body that feels safe, a body that can move." Psychiatrist Bessel Van Der Kolk on finding resilience in our bodies after trauma.||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 Evil, Forgiveness, and Prayer | Elie Wiesel||When words bring you closer to the prisoner in his cell, to the patient dying on his bed alone, to the starving child, then it's a prayer." Elie Wiesel speaks of the power of prayer and forgiveness in the wake of profound suffering.||7/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 We Are the Beloved Community | John Lewis||"I discovered that you have to have this sense of faith that what you're moving toward is already done." Civil rights leader John Lewis on living as if the "beloved community" were already our reality.||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 The Universe Participates in the Mystery of God | Guy Consolmagno and George Coyne||"It's when you have doubts that faith kicks in. That's true in science as well as anything else." Vatican astronomers Br. Guy Consolmagno and Fr. George Coyne on the joy of discovery and delighting in what we don't know.||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 I Feel, Therefore I Am | Eve Ensler||"How in our daily lives are we connecting with ourselves and everything around us? That’s where transformation comes from." Playwright Eve Ensler speaks of the affirming physicality of our bodies, and of finding contentment in the lives we already lead.||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 We Reclaim Abandoned Spaces | Shane Claiborne||"There's something magnetic about a group of people that say, 'Hey, we don't have it all figured out, and we need each other.'" New Monastic Shane Claiborne on bridging the gap between the structures we are raised in and the human needs around us.||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 We Choose Our Own Tribes | Seth Godin||"The challenge of our future is to say, are we going to connect and amplify positive tribes that want to make things better for all of us?" Digital wise man Seth Godin on the capacity of connection to elevate and advance the human spirit.||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 Spirituality Is Enfolded Into the Act of Living | Sylvia Boorstein||"Sometimes the pain of the world seems incomprehensible. If there's anything that balances it, it's wonder at the world, the amazingness of people." Mindfulness teacher Sylvia Boorstein on spiritual practice embedded in the rhythms of everyday life.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 The Good in the Other, the Doubt in Ourselves | Frances Kissling||"You've got to be willing to risk in order to make change. You've got to approach differences with the notion that there is good in the other." Scholar and activist Frances Kissling on understanding rather than victory as a bridge between difference.||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 The Inner World Is a Great, Undiscovered Terrain | Pico Iyer||"The point of gathering stillness is not to enrich the sanctuary or the mountaintop, but to bring that reality into the motion, the commotion, of the world." Wanderer and writer Pico Iyer on outer stillness as an essential catalyst to a rich inner life.||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 Present to Life, Moment by Moment | Jon Kabat-Zinn||"The more we can learn these lessons, the more we will not be running towards our death, but opening to our lives." Mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn on the physiological and spiritual potential of being present to every moment of daily life.||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 The Paradox of Suffering and Love | Kate Braestrup||"The question isn't whether we're going to have to do hard, awful things. The question is whether we have to do them alone." UU chaplain Kate Braestrup tells of a police woman who embodies the both/and of love and new life, and crime and death.||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 Enriched by Difference | Jonathan Sacks||"That’s how we are as a people. It’s the authentic, the unique, the different that makes us feel enriched when we encounter it." Rabbi and philosopher Jonathan Sacks on difference as expansive and unifying, rather than a force for division.||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 The Hidden Hand of the Equations | Brian Greene||"Call it the hidden hand of God; I would simply call it the hidden hand of the equations. And that gets us from the beginning to here." Physicist Brian Greene on the hidden nature of reality, and the power of science to reveal beauty we can't observe.||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 The Desire to Know Each Other | Elizabeth Alexander||"Are we human beings who are in community, do we call to each other? Do we heed each other? Do we want to know each other?" Poet Elizabeth Alexander speaks of our need for language to understand our neighbors.||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 Compassion for Our Bodies | Matthew Sanford||"Your body, for as long as it possibly can, will be faithful to living. That's what it does." Matthew Sanford, an innovator of adaptive yoga, on taking a new orientation to our physical change and pain, and the outward healing that can result.||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 Beauty Is an Edge of Becoming | John O'Donohue||"Beauty isn’t all about just niceness, loveliness. Beauty is about more rounded, substantial becoming." Beloved Irish poet John O'Donohue on beauty's true grit, and finding it in the transformational edges of our daily lives.||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 Mapping Meaning in a Digital Age | Maria Popova||"Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. But hope without critical thinking is naïveté. I try to live in this space between the two." The creator and editor of Brain Pickings on the pratfalls and promise of knowledge-sharing in the digital age.||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 Courage Is Born from Struggle | Brené Brown||"Hope is a function of struggle." Brené Brown, a researcher and scholar, on the value and power of adversity to give rise to the astonishing strength of which we are all capable.||3/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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