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September 29, 2022

A Season of Emergence

Listen to this letter:  Dear friends, I am back from my summer of pause. What a joy that while I was gone, so many new people have entered this space. I’m returning from a few months of…
  Artist Reflection Background of the piece I work as an illustrator, mostly making movement art: art that has to do with the political movements of our time. I use to focus on positivity a lot; in my experience, when you’re trying to help people feel their power…
  Artist Reflection Indigenous people all over this beautiful water earth have been rising up on behalf of our more-than-human kin. Communities fighting for the rights of water, against pipelines, pollution, and the intertwined struggles of our women and gender-expansive relatives going missing and being murdered as the land…
    If you look deeply into this flower, you see a cloud, because you know that if there is no cloud there will be no rain, and this flower cannot manifest itself. So looking in the flower you see an element you don’t call flower. But if you…
Step away from the noise of the day and into this sonic pilgrimage through the natural world. Notice how this 12-minute meditation refreshes your day and primes you for a deeper presence with our planetary companions. This meditation is featured in “A Wild Love for the World,” a…
By Michael H. Smith I’m attending a conference in Washington, D.C and it’s finally lunch break. I’ve been inside one room all morning and this break…
Dear Friends, I have news to share. In short, The On Being Project is expanding its imprint, and the On Being show is evolving with it… It has been over two decades, spanning unimaginable arcs of happening, since I proposed…
In a time of stress, uncertainty, and isolation, Dr. 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 pandemic-beleaguered…
  6oz (175g) wholemeal flour 2oz (50g) plain flour 2oz (50g) pinhead oatmeal* (called Steelcut oats) 1oz (25g) wheatgerm* 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda  Half teaspoon salt 1 large egg 10 fl.oz (275ml) buttermilk (buttermilk is either a/ milk that has gone off or b/ milk  that’s had…

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June 14, 2021

Meet Lucero Torres

Each of the poems included in the third season of Poetry Unbound are accompanied by photographs from Seattle-based photographer, Lucero Torres. Her photography is influenced by her experience growing up between two cultures, Mexican and American. What themes or guiding ideas helped shape the work as a whole? What…

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March 19, 2021

Meet Grace J. Kim

For each episode of the final season of This Movie Changed Me, Grace J. Kim created a piece of art that honored both the movie and guests. Grace is a digital illustrator whose art shows the present and the everyday through a therapeutic lens – serene and utopic.

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December 10, 2020

Meet Myrna Keliher

If you have been following this season of Poetry Unbound, you may have noticed the individual prints that accompany each poem. Each one is designed from handset metal type and printed by artist Myrna Keliher. In 2012, she founded Expedition Press, a…

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June 3, 2020

Race and Healing: A Body Practice

Therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem is working with old wisdom and very new science about our bodies and nervous systems, and all we condense into the word “race.” “Your body — all of our bodies — are where changing the status quo must begin.” Find a quiet place and…
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