The Mystery and Art of Living (Video)

Trent T. Gilliss

is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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November 3rd, 2015

Watch the live video stream of Krista Tippett speaking about the mystery and art of living with poet Christian at Yale University’s Battell Chapel on November 3rd!

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October 28th, 2015

Alain de Botton’s short piece of writing on love and loneliness is elegantly handled in this animated short by Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee.

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October 27th, 2015

A mix of selected essays and posts on the magic and mystery of making, the art of family communication, and murmurations on a pond.

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October 20th, 2015

Whether it’s blood quantum and identity, a homeless man’s understanding of our best friends, or the telling of bad teeth, a gathering of what we’re reading, writing, and publishing.

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October 13th, 2015

From small kindnesses to a classic love song reimagined and singleness to transformation, Trent Gilliss poetically curates an intermingling of murmurations and ideas — including a remembrance of the legendary Grace Lee Boggs.

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October 6th, 2015

To inscribe the names of the lives lost in Roseburg, Oregon is an act of remembrance. And so we do. Some reminders that we can still find hope in empathy, community, and lovingkindness, despite the immense physical and emotional pain that sometimes befall us.

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September 29th, 2015

A medley for the mind with words from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Teju Cole​, Adam Gopnik​, and other thoughtful writers on embracing change around and within us, and the enduring power of hope and love.

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September 22nd, 2015

From allowing ourselves to move on from the ephemeral to refreshing our relationships with our loved ones, colleagues, and ourselves, writings on embracing change and allowing ourselves to grow.

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September 15th, 2015

Stories of chaos and turmoil can cause us to lose hope. This week, a few heartening encouragements to help us find the light in the face of despair and appreciate the true worth of those who are undervalued.

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September 8th, 2015

We’re officially back into the full swing of production! Amidst the flurry of exciting work, we’re grateful for the chance to reflect on the centering power of daily ritual, facing mortality with hope, and defining our lives by the quality of our actions.

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September 1st, 2015

We closed down studio for two weeks, but that doesn’t mean we took it easy! We built ofuros and traveled and crafted some incredible reflections on the importance of making space in our lives for contemplation, generosity, and serendipity.

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August 25th, 2015

This week, our executive editor shares readings on the healing and revealing power of tranquility; inspiration to live with hopeful resilience; and other pieces to inspire us to appreciate the simple beauty in everyday life.

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August 18th, 2015

We’re heading into a brief break here at Loring Park, but before we go — an unexpected flood of canine appreciation, the catharsis of letting go and looking forward, and rising above difference to meet in Rumi’s field.

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August 11th, 2015

In this Letter from Loring Park, our executive editor lists three compelling reads under five minutes and some of our most popular columns. Enjoy the journey.

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July 28th, 2015

Words that shimmer, poetry to ponder, relationships to reexamine, prose that rivets, and photos that hide as much as they reveal — our executive editor’s weekly missive.

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July 21st, 2015

On searching inside yourself, cultivating deep curiosity, and acknowledging women’s talents as we flow like water?

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July 14th, 2015

Rami, not Rumi. And good reads on living and loving well, male parenting, and not-knowing.

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July 7th, 2015

Freedom rings this Independence Day with a panoply of sounds and sights to remind us of our burgeoning world!

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July 7th, 2015

Mysteries of an expanding universe and other ties to what makes a life worth living.

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June 30th, 2015

Our readers and our columnists explore Vincent Harding’s question in light of the Charleston tragedy — and how we can reclaim our fears and our hopes in this great experiment. Plus, some things I’ve been reading this week (for your eyes only).

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June 27th, 2015

The wealth of information curated and articulated — drawing on all our executive editor reads, hears, and sees. From collective silence to the moral quality of action, words of advice and admiration.

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June 24th, 2015

Bill Siemering, a founding member of National Public Radio, will be speaking at On Being on Loring Park tonight at 5:30pm. Join us for a live stream!

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June 15th, 2015

From being spiritually bold to praising softness, perspectives on exploring life from inside and out.

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June 6th, 2015

A collection of what we’re reading and publishing — from Lord of the Rings and love to Springsteen’s tribute to Townsend!

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June 1st, 2015

With a mix of banjos and bedlam, a review of on what we’re reading, writing, and printing this week — all good for the sharing.

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May 11th, 2015

A weekly roundup of the many things surfacing and playing out in the world with some of our favorite writers and thinkers.

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May 2nd, 2015

Sometimes we buzz through our social media streams and forget to pause, connect, and read more deeply. The marvelous writer Terry Tempest Williams teaches us to do just that — all through the story of her dog.

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April 27th, 2015

New horizons yield new sunsets, as does this round-up of awesome things to read, listen to, and see!

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April 25th, 2015

Earth Day has come and gone. And yet, the same hopes and fears remain. A collection of interviews and vignettes on silence, listening to the world, reimagining environmentalism, and more to carry your ears and sustain you.

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April 21st, 2015

From our gatherings in Louisville to the ekphrastic poetry for Yom HaShoah, a wealth of reading and exploring this week.

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April 13th, 2015

We celebrate National Poetry Month, welcome our new columnist Sharon Salzberg, and imbibe the magic of k.d. lang’s version of “Hallelujah” in this week’s thread of good reads.

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April 7th, 2015

Points of beauty and perspective to mark the holy week, including a stirring rendition of Blake’s “Jerusalem,” a favorite essay on the woman at the heart of Easter Sunday, musings on yoga spirituality for atheists, the opposite of shame, the need for gentleness, the insights of dependence, and the adventure of being born baffled.

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March 30th, 2015

Morsels to savor — all in one digest — on wonder and beauty, brokenness and healing, musicals and parenting. Get caught up in a few minutes!

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March 23rd, 2015

This week has been a whirlwind of travel and ideas on social justice, life’s unveiling, being vulnerabilities and memory. A recap of what you need to read.

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March 17th, 2015

A winding path that flows from experiencing the grace of wholeness and seeking the ineffable to seeing the hidden systems in plain sight, and the otherness and belonging necessary for all of us to thrive.

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March 16th, 2015

The actor Bill Murray takes three minutes to give a dharma talk on being present at a press conference.

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March 9th, 2015

From spectacular images of Holi to supporting an artist that’s meant so much to us, this week’s capsule shares some of our best work — and those of others.

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March 2nd, 2015

A look at some of the best pieces of the week, including nature at work, saying no, and expressions of men and grief.

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February 28th, 2015

An illustration of contemplative practices showing the breadth of meditation and mindfulness within traditions. It certainly opens up one’s understanding about how these disciplines take root and manifest themselves in our lives, non?

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February 16th, 2015

A potpourri of thinking on joy, letting suffering speak, writing poetry, and the wisdom of children — as curated by Trent Gilliss.

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February 10th, 2015

Our executive editor wraps up the week with stories to help you think about MLK differently and the horrors happening in the news. Also, he shares our new iPad app and some openings at On Being for you to consider!

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February 9th, 2015

In a rare interview with the master poet, she recites her classic poem — and tells the story of how “Wild Geese” came into being. It might surprise you.

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February 1st, 2015

A sampling of our best picks of the week on everything from vocation to multitasking, honoring teachers and Alzheimer’s patients. And some ways to join On Being in the studio or on your iPad.

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January 26th, 2015

Mary Oliver with some 140-character gems teams up with guidelines on designing ritual for the “Nones” and an essay on the distance to suffering. Also, sharing some quotations from our new iPad app and a humanizing speech from MLK.

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January 22nd, 2015

Watch this interview between our columnist Omid Safi and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes about the imbroglio over the call to prayer at Duke University.

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January 19th, 2015

This past week has been one of extreme darkness and anxiety. But how do we, individually and collectively, think through and deal with these moments of our lives? A survey of writers on finding our way and building the beloved community we aspire to.