Becoming Wise

20 EpisodesProduced by On Being Studios

The Becoming Wise podcast offers depth and discovery in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Each episode is curated from hundreds of big conversations with wise and graceful lives. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world. On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, This … read more

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#19 Einstein Speaks to Us About Race | S. James Gates

July 25th, 2016

10:17

“His capability to ask the ‘What if?’ question opened the door to the deepest marker of humanity, and that’s empathy.” Physicist S. James Gates celebrates the scientific and social power of Albert …

#20 Trauma and Resilience Land in Our Bodies | Bessel Van Der Kolk

July 25th, 2016

8:51

“Trauma treatment starts at the foundation of a body that can sleep, a body that can rest, a body that feels safe, a body that can …

#18 Evil, Forgiveness, and Prayer | Elie Wiesel

July 8th, 2016

9:45

“When words bring you closer to the prisoner in his cell, to the patient who is dying on his bed alone, to the starving child, then it’s a prayer.” Elie Wiesel, the beloved writer known for his memoir …

#17 We Are the Beloved Community | John Lewis

July 5th, 2016

7:27

“I discovered that you have to have this sense of faith that what you’re moving toward is already done.” Civil rights leader John Lewis on living as if the “beloved community” were already our reality. …

#16 The Universe Participates in the Mystery of God | Guy Consolmagno and George Coyne

June 27th, 2016

7:58

“If you’re sure about something, you don’t need faith. It’s when you have the doubts that faith kicks in. And that’s true in science as well as anything else.” Vatican astronomers Brother Guy …

#15 I Feel, Therefore I Am | Eve Ensler

June 20th, 2016

6:20

“How in our daily lives are we connecting with ourselves and everything around us? Because that’s where real, energetic transformation comes from.” Feminist playwright Eve Ensler speaks of the affirming …

#14 We Reclaim Abandoned Spaces | Shane Claiborne

June 13th, 2016

9:31

“There’s something magnetic about a group of people that say, ‘Hey, we don’t have it all figured out, and we need each other.'” New Monastic and Simple Way founder Shane Claiborne on bridging the gap …

#13 We Choose Our Own Tribes | Seth Godin

June 6th, 2016

9:19

“The challenge of our future is to say, are we going to connect and amplify positive tribes that want to make things better for all of us?” Entrepreneur and digital wise man Seth Godin on our capacity …

#12 Spirituality Is Enfolded Into the Act of Living | Sylvia Boorstein

May 31st, 2016

11:15

“Sometimes the pain of the world seems incomprehensible. And if there’s anything that balances it, it’s wonder at the world, the …

#11 The Good in the Other, the Doubt in Ourselves | Frances Kissling

May 23rd, 2016

9:34

“You’ve got to be willing to risk in order to make change. You’ve got to approach differences with the notion that there is good in …

#10 The Inner World Is a Great, Undiscovered Terrain | Pico Iyer

May 16th, 2016

8:14

“The point of gathering stillness is not to enrich the sanctuary or the mountaintop, but to bring that reality into the motion, the commotion, of the world.” Wanderer and writer Pico Iyer on outer …

#9 Present to Life, Moment by Moment | Jon Kabat-Zinn

May 9th, 2016

6:15

“The more we can learn these lessons, the more we will not be running towards our death, but opening to our lives.” Mindfulness …

#8 The Paradox of Suffering and Love | Kate Braestrup

May 2nd, 2016

11:12

“The question isn’t whether we’re going to have to do hard, awful things. The question is whether we have to do them alone.” UU law …

#7 Enriched by Difference | Jonathan Sacks

April 25th, 2016

9:35

“That’s how we are as a people. It’s the authentic, the unique, the different that makes us feel enriched when we encounter it.” Rabbi and philosopher Jonathan Sacks on difference as expansive and …

#6 The Hidden Hand of the Equations | Brian Greene

April 18th, 2016

6:34

“Call it the hidden hand of God; I would simply call it the hidden hand of the equations. And that gets us from the beginning to …

#5 The Desire to Know Each Other | Elizabeth Alexander

April 11th, 2016

7:31

“Are we human beings who are in community, do we call to each other? Do we heed each other? Do we want to know each other?” Poet Elizabeth Alexander speaks of our need for language to understand our …

#4 Compassion for Our Bodies | Matthew Sanford

April 4th, 2016

8:17

“Your body, for as long as it possibly can, will be faithful to living. That’s what it does.” Matthew Sanford, an innovator of …

#2 Beauty Is an Edge of Becoming | John O'Donohue

March 18th, 2016

6:46

“Beauty isn’t all about just niceness, loveliness. Beauty is about more rounded, substantial becoming.” Beloved Irish poet John O’Donohue on beauty’s true grit, and finding it in the transformational …

#3 Mapping Meaning in a Digital Age | Maria Popova

March 18th, 2016

11:01

“Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. But hope without critical thinking is naïveté. I try to live in this space between the two.” The creator and editor of Brain Pickings on the pratfalls and …

#1 Courage Is Born from Struggle | Brené Brown

March 18th, 2016

8:14

“Hope is a function of struggle.” Brené Brown, a researcher and scholar, on the value and power of adversity to give rise to the …

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