We’ve been pondering how to meet the request that has long come to us for other ways to experience our content, integrate it more deeply into life, and feel more closely accompanied by us at On Being and by the guests on our show who feel like mentors and family. The new Wisdom app is an offering to meet this request — at a moment of greater urgency and a world to remake.
The app is an interactive On Being home to carry around in your pocket. It turns listening into community and the teachings that our marvelous guests present into accessible learning and practice. Starting with a 20-session course, Hope Is a Muscle, this is a home and community of accompaniment for becoming more fluent in our humanity — a place to progressively deepen our presence to ourselves and each other and the world, from the inside out and back again. We draw on the heart of conversations I’ve had with “live human signposts” of hope — to invoke a phrase of Vincent Harding — including Vincent himself, as well as Bryan Stevenson, Ai-jen Poo, Ross Gay, Maria Popova, Ocean Vuong, Jane Goodall, and wonderful others. The shorter-form course sessions (10-15 minute Wisdom Practices) join teachings with practical and contemplative exercises that can be folded into your own daily rituals of meditation, prayer, walking, journaling, or silence, or used to create a new rhythm of practice. Think of it as spiritual and moral calisthenics, with a discipline of delight and elegance. As a bonus, the Wisdom app is also another place to listen to each week’s On Being episode free from distraction, and makes it easy to save and share favorites in both the episodes and the courses.
Most important of all, perhaps: we are building a community of accompaniment around this. Our social healing team has been expanding and gestating across the last tumultuous year and is ready to make this real. We will offer online gatherings to ask questions, to meet others, and to hear your thoughts on future offerings. We are endlessly excited about the courses we can create moving forward, and other innovations that might unfold.
Learn more about the Wisdom app and become a member here.
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