Laughter and Silence; Meditation Is More Than Science; Witnessing and Being Intertwined With Each Other; We Won a Webby; Reading Terry Tempest Williams’ Comments

Trent T. Gilliss

was the founding executive editor of On Being Studios.

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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.

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January 12th, 2015

In a somber week, Omid Safi offers a powerful reminder to remember the humanity at stake in world news, Reza Aslan provides needed context, Parker Palmer reflects on the illuminating power of Thomas Merton’s words, a writer muses on our discomfort with death, and Courtney Martin pens a love letter to the shared silences that join us together.

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January 5th, 2015

Our executive editor’s weekly look into our most interesting worlds of curiosity and hope — including a bit of Papal/physicist humor, questions for the new year, praise for sacred inefficiencies, an introduction to the Muslim festival of Mawlid, and a meditation on the gifts of winter.

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December 30th, 2014

Our executive editor looks into our most interesting worlds of curiosity and hope, including an elegy for light, the lessons of hardship, and a piece in praise of chosen family.

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December 28th, 2014

Thomas Merton is one of those monastics who continues to inspire so many. Here, the Jesuit Jim Martin reads one of his favorite passages from his book, Thoughts in Solitude.

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December 22nd, 2014

In a season filled with joy and angst, reflections on rethinking tradition, being a light for others, and wading through the giving conundrum. Plus, a map that will suck you in for hours, a reflection on the courage to hope in the face of despair, and a call to embrace others’ truths over being right.

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December 15th, 2014

From vignettes pondering time and sci-fi holiday singing to impassioned calls for community, a look into our most interesting worlds of curiosity and hope.

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December 10th, 2014

Just when you think the holiday season couldn’t get any merrier, a Star Trek captain remakes a Christmas classic.

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December 9th, 2014

A letter from Einstein on the “Negro question” is rediscovered and essays on white privilege and the theology of Ferguson are complemented with ideas about opening up to hope and ourselves.

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December 1st, 2014

With the decisions about the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, powerful words from a Holocaust survivor and essays dealing with grief and loss, systemic solutions, and polls that polarize.

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November 24th, 2014

Interesting and curiosity for your week on moral injury, asking the right questions, the price of busyness, and gratitude for caregivers.

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November 24th, 2014

From a virtuosic performance to an audio selfie and poems on abundance, a feast of ideas and passages for you to take into your week.

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November 16th, 2014

Our executive editor’s weekly post on all things curious and aspiring — on topics from leading a less busy life to seeking rootedness and a cancer patient’s call to her senses.

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November 7th, 2014

Our executive editor provides an insider’s glimpse — with calls for curiosity over goodness, unexpected joy with a Billy Joel duet, and a story of forgiveness and redemption.

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November 4th, 2014

Live from The Greene Space, Krista Tippett and Bernard Chazelle talk Bach as a cosmologist of music. Watch the live stream here.

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November 4th, 2014

After being diagnosed with cancer, Becky Sennett tells an unlikely story of gratitude — for a reprimanding encounter with a pulmonologist who takes her to task, a compassionate gesture for which she’ll be forever grateful.

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November 1st, 2014

Chutzpah, humility, and risk-taking are all necessary ingredients in this delightful duet with Billy Joel and a college freshman.

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October 30th, 2014

Dispatches from PopTech, a magnificent essay on Bach, an invitation to find the autobiography of your voice, a meditation on the splendor of Autumn, and an instructive essay on shedding old mindsets.

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October 27th, 2014

A line-up of fascinating bits from a gorgeous duet to your greatest musical moment, from prescient advice on over-working to being children of the moment. Read on.

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October 16th, 2014

Sometimes the lead is the anecdote. A humorous story from a Nobel laureate that will bring a smile to your face and other instruction on powering down, offering help, bearing responsibility, and mystical connections.

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October 9th, 2014

Highlights of some of the most heartening work our executive editor has read this past week, including Tara Mohr’s advice to women on taking in criticism, seeing the sacred in the mundane, engaging our prophets, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into photos we chose.

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October 5th, 2014

In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.

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October 2nd, 2014

Our executive editor’s weekly missive: a season of autumn invitations, a thoughtful essay on male friendship, confessions of an accidental feminist, a joyful contemplation on being Mormon in the modern world, and an unexpected moment of generosity.

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September 28th, 2014

Our executive editor rounds up things seen and unseen — from poetry and trees to anger and rhythm.

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September 9th, 2014

Our executive editor’s weekly missive, including a smart testimony on the value of work, a Mary Oliver poem on suffering and joy, a call for headlines that reflect the fullness of the world, and a stunning body of paintings from Rabindranath Tagore.

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September 9th, 2014

Join us for an evening of music and conversation with musician Carrie Newcomer. Watch a live video stream of the conversation, followed by a short musical set by the singer-songwriter.

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September 7th, 2014

When an Icelandic singing group reprises an 800-year-old Scandinavian hymn, a German train station is transformed — and so are all who watch and listen.

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September 4th, 2014

Our executive editor pulls together a mix of live events, sneak previews, and words from some of our favorite thinkers and columnists who make this world a better place to become.

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