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Creating Our Own Lives

27 EpisodesProduced by On Being StudiosWebsite

We’re called to create a better world, but what about the more immediate task of creating our own lives? Inspired by a quote of Thomas Merton. Limited series (2016-2017) that explored running as a spiritual practice and humor as a tool for survival. Hosted by Lily Percy.

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[S2] Hari Kondabolu: Comedy Is Therapeutic but Not Therapy

June 8th, 2017


“My mom has a very dark sense of humor. I think that’s how I learned how to recycle pain.”

Hari Kondabolu is not your average stand-up comedian. He …

[S2] Sam Sanders: If I Can Laugh With You, I Can See You

June 8th, 2017


“I cannot tell you how many times laughter has connected me with all different kinds of people throughout the country, of all kinds of political …

[S2] Terry McMillan: Humor Is a Form of Hope

June 8th, 2017


“I don’t think that humor is evasive at all. It’s how we protect our hearts from just bleeding to death.”

Bestselling author Terry McMillan knows how to write funny yet complex female characters: Savannah in Waiting to …

[S2] Amichai Lau-Lavie: Deep Laughter in the Place of the Deepest Pain

June 8th, 2017


“Humor is always about ‘as if.’ And it just relaxes everybody. We’re going to laugh.”

Transparent creator Jill Soloway describes Amichai Lau-Lavie as …

[S2] Heidi N. Moore: When It Comes to Finance and Comedy, It’s All About Patterns

June 8th, 2017


“What makes humor is pattern recognition. Finance is very helpful on that front because there are a lot of patterns that keep repeating themselves.”

[S2] Daniel José Older: How We Love Is by Roasting Each Other

June 8th, 2017


“Humor reminds me a lot of magic, in that there’s no way to quite replicate it. There’s a power to that”

The humor in Daniel José Older’s writing …

[S2] Alexis Wilkinson: Disarming People with Laughter

June 8th, 2017


“Humor gives me release. Sometimes there’s just too much tension and you have to let it go. Laughter is such a great natural physical response to do …

[S2] Maureen Craig: This Strange, Peculiar Family I Call Mine

June 8th, 2017


“Humor establishes new ground for parents and kids to relate on that isn’t just parent-kid.”

For Maureen Craig, humor is central to how she understands and relates to her family. As a parent, a wife, a daughter, and a …

[S2] Lalo Alcaraz: We Have Entered the Satire Dimension

June 8th, 2017


“I use humor as a way to let our community know that we’re not invisible, at least not to us.”

Chicano cartoonist and writer Lalo Alcaraz explores his dual identity by creating characters and places where he can be …

[S2] Emily Nagoski: Laughter Is Like Orgasm

June 8th, 2017


“When you are helpless with true laughter, it’s like orgasm. Your body gets taken over. If it didn’t feel so good, you’d think there was something wrong.”

Sex scientist, researcher, and romance novelist Emily Nagoski …

[S2] Lindy West: Comedy Helps Us Love Our Bodies

June 8th, 2017


“When everything feels horrible, what tiny detail can we seize on and laugh about.”

Writer Lindy West talks about being fat and being a feminist with …

[S2] Derrick Clements: Humor Can Break Down Barriers of Pride

June 8th, 2017


“The real Book of Mormon is on my shelf, and next to it, the Book of Mormon Musical. And I’m spiritually enriched by both.”

Ask anyone who isn’t a Mormon what they know about the faith — chances are, they’ll cite …

[S2] Margaret Cho: The Deep Connection Between Anger and Humor

June 8th, 2017


“The best expression of humor is something that comes out of suffering and comes out of a sense of alienation.”

Margaret Cho opens difficult …

[S2] Jonny Sun: Jokes Make the World a Little Less Lonely

June 8th, 2017


“Humor is a tool for inclusion and for making everyone realize: we’re all together on this.”

Jonny Sun has formed a devoted community of almost half …

Season 2 Preview — Humor as a Tool for Survival

May 18th, 2017


Humor as a tool for survival. That’s the theme of our second season of Creating Our Own Lives. Host Lily Percy speaks with 15 different voices on the …

[S1] Mike Stavlund: Running is an Inherent Good

July 29th, 2016


“When I’m running, I’m in my body, with all of its limitations but with all of its capabilities at the same time.” Mike Stavlund is the author of “A …

[S1] Justin Whitaker: ChiRunning: A Sitting Meditation

July 22nd, 2016


“If you watched me run, you wouldn’t think I was sitting or thinking about sitting.” Justin Whitaker is a writer, a ChiRunner and a Buddhist. For …

[S1] Sarah Khasawinah: Active Freedom

July 15th, 2016


“When I’m running, I feel like I’m actively expressing gratitude.” Sarah Khasawinah works in the Senate to improve policies for older Americans. Her …

[S1] Roger Joslin: Preparing for Both the Run and the Prayer

July 8th, 2016


“I began to notice that my running life and my meditating life were beginning to merge.” Roger Joslin is an Episcopal priest and the author of “Running the Spiritual Path,” a how-to guide on running as meditation and …

[S1] Mallary Tenore: I Always Think of My Mom When I'm Running

July 1st, 2016


“My love for running started with me running towards my mom.” Mallary Tenore’s mother, Robin Jo, introduced her to one of the defining practices in her life: running — which has been equal parts destructive, spiritual, …

[S1] Simran Jeet Singh: A Simple Way to Shatter Stereotypes

June 24th, 2016


“Running challenges people to see me from a different perspective.” In Sikhism there is a duty to “hone the spiritual body in the same way that we …

[S1] Christy Marvin: I Want to Be God's Feet When I Run

June 17th, 2016


“I cannot even begin to push myself to the extent that God can help me to push myself.” Christy Marvin is the mother of three boys and a mountain runner. She’s won six different Alaska mountain races. For Christy, …

[S1] John Cary: My Best Conversations with Men Happen While Running

June 10th, 2016


“You’re running often side-by-side, or one person in back of the other, rather than looking somebody in the eyes as you’re being vulnerable with …

[S1] Ashley Hicks: The Blessing is Outside Your Comfort Zone

June 3rd, 2016


“Running has helped me become more present.” Some people turn to prayer or meditation or yoga as a way to slow down and make sense of their lives. Ashley Hicks, the co-founder of Black Girls Run!, found that in running.

[S1] Christina Torres: My Body Can Do Things

May 27th, 2016


“What else have I been lying to myself about? What else have I been hiding from ’cause I was scared?” Teacher, writer, and Mexipina Christina Torres on how running helps her deal with anxiety, body image, and …

[S1] Billy Mills: Olympians Are Chosen by the Gods

May 20th, 2016


“The number one objective of my Olympic pursuit was to heal a broken soul.” Gold medalist Billy Mills set a world record in the 10,000-meter race at …

Preview | Creating Our Own Lives

May 13th, 2016


A sneak peek into Creating Our Own Lives, a new podcast from On Being Studios.

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