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Wisdom to replenish and orient in a tender, tumultuous time to be alive.

Spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and poetry.

Conversations to live by.

With a 20-year archive featuring luminaries like Mary Oliver, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Desmond Tutu, each episode brings a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett,

Learn more about the On Being Project’s work in the world at onbeing.org.

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    • 4.6 • 9.7K Ratings

Wisdom to replenish and orient in a tender, tumultuous time to be alive.

Spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and poetry.

Conversations to live by.

With a 20-year archive featuring luminaries like Mary Oliver, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Desmond Tutu, each episode brings a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett,

Learn more about the On Being Project’s work in the world at onbeing.org.

    “Ars Poetica #100: I Believe” by Elizabeth Alexander

    “Ars Poetica #100: I Believe” by Elizabeth Alexander

    Today, a poem with a poignant question to live: “...and are we not of interest to each other?” Carry Elizabeth Alexander’s reading of her poem “Ars Poetica #100: I Believe” with you — and hear Elizabeth read more of her poetry in the On Being episode, “Words That Shimmer.”

    • 1 min
    Luis Alberto Urrea — On Our Belonging to Each Other

    Luis Alberto Urrea — On Our Belonging to Each Other

    We humans have this drive to erect barriers between ourselves and others, Luis Alberto Urrea says, and yet this makes us a little crazy. He is an exuberant, wise, and refreshing companion into the deep meaning and the problem of borders — what they are really about, what we do with them, and what they do to us.

    The Mexican-American border was as close and personal to him as it could be when he was growing up — an apt expression of his parents’ turbulent Mexican-American divorce. In his writing and in this conversation, he complicates every dehumanizing stereotype of Mexicans, "migrants" — and border guards. A deep truth of our time, Luis insists, is that “we miss each other.” He offers a vision of the larger possibility of our time beyond the terrible tangles of today: that we might evolve the old illusion of the melting pot into a 21st-century richness of “us." And he delightfully models that messiness and humor will be required.

    • 59 min
    Ross Gay — On the Insistence of Joy

    Ross Gay — On the Insistence of Joy

    In our world of so much suffering, it can feel hard or wrong to invoke the word "joy." Yet joy has been one of the most insistent, recurrent rallying cries in almost every life-giving conversation that Krista has had across recent months and years, even and especially with people on the front lines of humanity's struggles.

    Ross Gay helps illuminate this paradox and turn it into a muscle.

    We are good at fighting, as he puts it, and not as good at holding in our imaginations what is to be adored and preserved and exalted — advocating for what we love, for what we find beautiful and necessary. But without this, he says, we cannot speak meaningfully even about our longings for a more just world, a more whole existence for all. To understand that we are all suffering — and so to practice tenderness and mercy — is a quality of what Ross calls “adult joy." Starting with his cherished essay collection The Book of Delights, he began to accompany many in an everyday spiritual discipline of practicing delight and cultivating joy.

    • 59 min
    Janine Benyus and Azita Ardakani Walton — On Nature's Wisdom for Humanity

    Janine Benyus and Azita Ardakani Walton — On Nature's Wisdom for Humanity

    In this all-new episode, Krista engages biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus in a second, urgent conversation, alongside creative biomimicry practitioner Azita Ardakani Walton. Together they trace precise guidance and applied wisdom from the natural world for the civilizational callings before us now.

    What does nature have to teach us about healing from trauma? And how might those of us aspiring to good and generative lives start to function like an ecosystem rather than a collection of separate, siloed projects? We are in kinship. How to make that real — and in making it real, make it more of an offering to the whole wide world?

    Krista, Azita, and Janine spoke at the January 2024 gathering of visionaries, activists, and creatives where Krista also drew out Lyndsey Stonebridge and Lucas Johnson for the recent episode on Hannah Arendt. We're excited to bring you back into that room.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Befriend Your Body: A Compassionate Body Scan

    Befriend Your Body: A Compassionate Body Scan

    In a time of stress, uncertainty, and isolation, Christine Runyan turns our attention to what often evades our awareness — the response of our nervous systems. As part of On Being’s 2021 Midwinter Gathering, she offered this brief, practical, gently guided practice as an invitation to befriend your beleaguered body, to “blanket it with a little bit of tenderness, a little bit of kindness.”

    Delve more deeply into Runyan’s wisdom in her On Being conversation with Krista, “On Healing Our Distressed Nervous Systems”.

    • 11 min
    Christine Runyan — On Healing Our Distressed Nervous Systems

    Christine Runyan — On Healing Our Distressed Nervous Systems

    The years of pandemic and lockdown are still working powerfully on us from the inside. But we have trouble acknowledging this, much less metabolizing it. This conversation with Christine Runyan, which took place in the dark middle of those years, helps make sense of our present of still-unfolding epidemic distress — as individuals, as communities, as a species. She has cultivated a reverence for the human nervous system. She tells truths about our bodies that western medicine itself is only fitfully learning to see. This quiet conversation is not just revelatory, but healing and calming. It holds startling prescience about some of what we're navigating now. And it offers self-compassion and simple strategies for finding ease within ourselves — and with each other — as we live forward from here.

    • 1 hr 1 min

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4.6 out of 5
9.7K Ratings

9.7K Ratings

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Consistently Inspiring, Expansive Profound

I learn new ways of being present in the world. Every episode is a spiritual + intellectual calisthenics where I find a new teacher. Thank you, Krista, for your years of excellent interviewing and helping me tap into the best parts of myself

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Humanity c/o Krista

Krista is one of the best interviewers! She knows how to bring out a persons, voice + spirit at the same time - going deep and helping us to feel connected. Her grace and heart are evident in every interview - not to mention her strength in facts, words, and deeds. Krista’s authenticity is palpable.

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A celebration of our shared humanness

Some wonderful conversations. I’m slowly working my way through the archives. Seems to me, no matter what the title of the episode or who the guest is, the ongoing thread of this very worthwhile podcast is simply what it means to be fully human in today’s world. Recommended.

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