Become more fluent in your humanity. Shape your presence in the world.

Welcome to the On Being Project. We explore the big questions of meaning at the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts:

What does it mean to be human?
How do we want to live?
Who will we be to each other?

You can find us in the studio producing the award-winning On Being and Poetry Unbound, incubating tools in the Lab for the Art of Living, and hosting quiet conversations and not-so-quiet gatherings.

Step away from the week with us in our weekly letter, The Pause, and read Krista Tippett’s letter about the next chapter of our adventure.

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The British psychologist Kimberley Wilson works in the emergent field of whole body mental health, one of the most astonishing frontiers we are on as a species. Discoveries about the gut microbiome, for example, and the gut-brain axis; the fascinating vagus nerve and the power of the neurotransmitters we hear about in piecemeal ways in discussions around mental health. The phrase “mental health” itself makes less and less sense in light of the wild interactivity we can now see between what we’ve falsely compartmentalized as physical, emotional, mental, even spiritual. And so much of what we’re seeing brings us back to intelligence that has always been in the very words we use — “gut instinct,” for instance. It brings us back to something your grandmother was right about, for reasons she would never have imagined: you are what you eat. There is so much actionable knowledge in the tour of the ecosystem of our bodies that Kimberley Wilson takes us on this hour. This is science that invites us to nourish the brains we need, young and old, to live in this world.

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Our Libraries are thematic collections of writings and episodes from the On Being archive dating back to 2003. Wander the rows and scan the shelves.

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