Running Is an Inherent Good — Mike Stavlund

Lily Percy

is senior producer at On Being. Lily studied English Literature and Film Studies at Florida International University. She has worked as an associate editor at MovieMaker magazine, and as a producer for StoryCorps and NPR’s “All Things Considered” on the weekends, where she produced the series “Movies I’ve Seen A Million Times.” Her work has also been featured on NPR’s Latino USA, WNYC’s Soundcheck, and Esquire. In 2012, she received the Religion Newswriters Association Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award for her profile of four Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

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August 1st, 2016

“When I’m running, I’m in my body, with all of its limitations but with all of its capabilities at the same time.” Mike Stavlund wrote “A Force of Will” about the death of his four-month-old son. “Running became a metaphor for my life,” Mike says.

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July 25th, 2016

“If you watched me run, you wouldn’t think I was sitting or thinking about sitting.” Justin Whitaker is a writer, a ChiRunner, and a Buddhist. For Justin, running is a part of his spiritual practice.

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July 18th, 2016

“When I’m running, I feel like I’m actively expressing gratitude.” Sarah Khasawinah works in the Senate to improve policies for older Americans. Her work requires focus and discipline, something that she also finds in her spiritual practice of running.

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July 11th, 2016

“I began to notice that my running life and my meditating life were beginning to merge.” Roger Joslin is an Episcopal priest and the author of “Running the Spiritual Path,” a how-to guide on running as meditation and prayer.

Mallary Tenore completes a marathon.
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July 2nd, 2016

“My love for running started with me running towards my mom.” Mallary Tenore’s mother introduced her to one of the defining practices in her life: running — which has been equal parts destructive, spiritual, and healing.

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June 24th, 2016

“Running challenges people to see me from a different perspective.” In the Sikh tradition there is a duty to “hone the spiritual body in the same way that we hone our spiritual selves.” Simran Jeet Singh holds that in his practice as a runner.

Christy Marvin on a mountain run.
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June 19th, 2016

“I cannot even begin to push myself to the extent that God can help me to push myself.” Christy Marvin is the mother of three boys and a mountain runner. She’s won 6 different Alaska mountain races. For Christy, running is a spiritual practice.

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June 10th, 2016

“You’re running often side-by-side, or one person in back of the other, rather than looking somebody in the eyes as you’re being vulnerable with them.” John Cary is an architect, a father, and a marathon runner. For him, running is a spiritual practice.

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June 5th, 2016

“Running has helped me become more present.” Some people turn to prayer or meditation or yoga as a way to slow down and make sense of their lives. Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!, found that in running.

Christina Torres completes the Kauai Marathon in Kauai, Hawaii.
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May 29th, 2016

“Once I started running it was really hard to be angry at my body in the same way.” Teacher, writer, and Mexipina Christina Torres on how running helps her deal with anxiety, body image, and understanding her deepest sense of self.

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May 20th, 2016

Gold medalist Billy Mills tells his redemptive story of how running healed his “broken soul” and saved his life. And he shares a mystical story uniting his father’s words with Lakota wisdom as he crossed the finish line.

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September 10th, 2015

For World Suicide Prevention Day, a story of a son’s loss of his father by suicide. The writer Eric Marcus talks about family silence, learning to share his story, and discovering compassion for his father and healing for himself.

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September 26th, 2014

Emma Watson’s challenging and inspirational speech creates an opening for our senior producer to reflect, reframe, and reclaim her sense of feminism.

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June 28th, 2014

As part of the Your Audio Selfie project, the founder of I’m From Driftwood on how collecting LGBTQ stories has changed him.

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April 3rd, 2014

A documentary about an intrepid and curious man inspires this reflection on failure, giving up too soon, and pursuing curiosity rather than success.

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February 28th, 2014

In a breakout year for black film, “12 Years a Slave” invited both dialogue and accolade. Yet films like “Fruitvale Station,” about the life of a black man today, get passed over. A contemplation on race, Hollywood, and the conversations we aren’t having.

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February 9th, 2014

The daughter of an evangelical pastor finds comfort in the questions of an Orthodox rabbi — and his ability to change his mind on women’s issues because of his relationship with his daughter.

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January 17th, 2014

On Being gone hip-hop? Well, not really. But our closing credits gain a small bit of street cred with this behind-the-scenes look at crafting the show.

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January 15th, 2014

Spike Jonze’s latest film is a contemplative meditation on how we connect with one another, and the role that technology plays in searching for that connection every time we turn on our electronic devices.

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January 4th, 2014

Nicole Holofcener’s film is funny, raw, and intimate — and it does what very few films do: it gets women right.

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November 22nd, 2013

Geneticist and Anglican priest Lindon Eaves offers insight on how he’s able to take comfort in what he does not know, in both science and religion — something we could all learn from.

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November 16th, 2013

A moving affirmation of the power we have to affect one another simply by being ourselves.

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November 2nd, 2013

Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi thriller Gravity is more than just a vehicle for snazzy special effects. It’s also a love letter to life.