On Being

On Being takes up the big questions of meaning. Each day, a new discovery about the immensity of our lives, curated by executive editor Trent Gilliss.
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"It is precisely within the mess and within the flaws that we get to find meaning." —Krista Tippett. A lovely illustration by @amandinethomas of @dumbofeather. Definitely recommend subscribing to this journal from the land down under. #meaning #beinghuman
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rob_stark_ : @liteandcycle indeed!
amandinethomas : Thank you @onbeing, we are all big fans at the @dumbofeather office!!
kabreirainh : For your hard times, @lettuce.dance 💜
lettuce.dance : @kabreirainh 💜💜 thank you, sweet soul.
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Walter Rauschenbusch composed this beautiful family prayer around the turn of the twentieth century. The theologian and Baptist social reformer's words remain as beautiful and poignant today as they did a hundred years ago. Thanksgiving Day Prayer For the wide sky and the blessed sun, For the salt sea and the running water, For the everlasting hills And the never-resting winds, For trees and the common grass underfoot. We thank you for our senses By which we hear the songs of birds, And see the splendor of the summer fields, And taste of the autumn fruits, And rejoice in the feel of the snow, And smell the breath of the spring. Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty; And save our souls from being so blind That we pass unseeing When even the common thornbush Is aflame with your glory, O God our creator, Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. #grateful #family #prayer [Photo by Brian Auer / Flickr]
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ccfafard : Look @mariafafard
ctahern : @evadeitch I feel like this would be read at your table
danayravera : that's great!
christianne_gr : @mtkproject
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"Gratitude is not just about empty platitudes or forced dinner table exercises. It’s about marveling. It’s about witnessing people and telling them that you do. It’s about natural science and human anatomy. It requires, above all else, slowing down and noticing and letting yourself be astonished. So keep shining, moon. Just keep shining." —@courtwrites Genuine gratitude isn't necessarily about happiness or a soft, warm glow. It's messy and gritty and physical. From appreciating the glowing moon to marveling at the strange miracle of the human body, Courtney Martin writes a smart column for today. Full essay here: http://www.onbeing.org/blog/courtney-martin-the-sensory-astonishment-of-gratitude/8163 #thanksgiving #gratitude #grateful [Photo by Vu Bui / Flickr]
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"You can find God in music when you’re gathered together singing a song, but also there are moments that I’ve had seeing people perform where that’s God. They’re not God, but God’s there. It’s like Patti Smith at Red Rocks, Prince’s Purple Rain tour. There’s just these moments and it’s not the personality of the musicians anymore. Something’s disappeared and the music and the audience and everything has merged and there’s no separation between performer and audience. That is what spirituality is supposed to be." —Amy Ray She and Emily Saliers have been playing music together as the Indigo Girls for three decades, and are long-time icons of the emerging face and voice of Christianity. Their conversation with Krista on the interwoven worlds of music, spirituality, and social good is full of refreshing honesty, discovery, and, yes, a whole lot of humor: http://www.onbeing.org/program/indigo-girls-music-and-finding-god-in-church-and-smoky-bars/6008 [Photo by Bryan Ledgard / Flickr] #indigogirls #folk #music #spirituality #religion
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onbeing : Ha! Although... she and Emily do have some serious hair similarities now that you mention it @pftexplorer. Happy Thanksgiving, Paul!
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ewanbliss : Look forward to hearing the full interview! And, to all of you magnificent folks at onbeing, I wish you a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving ♡
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jessie_merc : Incredible!
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How do we continue to bear witness when violent loss becomes cyclical? How do we mourn? Guest contributor and educator Karen Costa provides this honest and thoughtful missive on her own struggle to uphold the memories of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting. It's a timely piece in light of recent acts of violence and hatred — and a reminder that we must resist becoming numb to our neighbors' hurt. "I spent the day after the shooting on my computer, the place where those of us who feel like we can’t do anything now begin. I wrote to seven different elected representatives at all levels of government, asking them to address gun violence. I tweeted at as many higher education professional organizations as I could find, asking them to take a stand on gun violence on campus. I exchanged emails and texts with colleagues, brainstorming solutions and lamenting the lack of attention to fundamental safety, a clear precursor to teaching and learning. I knew that the '#UCC' hashtag would fade. I knew that the hashtags that replaced it would be superficial at best, hateful at worst. I couldn’t let that fate befall my own voice. I owed it to those students and their professor to keep UCC at the forefront of my mind and heart... There is a term in the psychology of death and dying called "complicated grief." It is a grief that lingers past the normal grieving curve. What do we call it, though, when we don’t grieve for long enough? Uncomplicated grief? It feels anything but uncomplicated... How do things change? How do we turn grief into action? Should we?" #UCC #grief #grieving #memory #tragedy [Photo by Calvin Hodgson, via Flickr]
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suziethebaer : How do we?
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Another magical night in our live event space! Your Audio Selfie — Mapped by Music, an interactive performance and conversation with ethnomusicologist Sowah Mensah, percussionist Marc Anderson, and composer Chris Beaty, was a success. One of the special treats was a Ghanaian song taught to the crowd by Sowah: "Sii sii sii Sii da da koo Taa taa bongo Bonku too preko Bonku too bonku too bonku too preko..." If you weren't able to attend the event or catch the livestream, no worries! You can watch the entire performance and conversation (and learn the song yourself!) on our blog at www.onbeing.org/blog/your-audio-selfie-mapped-by-music-live-video/8130 #music #performance #song
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elizabethayoub : Love how you guys are interweaving music ❤️
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@courtwrites on the mysteries of our own narrative and ceding authorship (just a little?): "What I find fascinating is our impulse to bully our experiences, especially tragic, into narrative. It’s like we cannot abide by the tragedy until its transmogrified into a delayed triumph. The novelist George Saunders reminded me of this recently while reading his conversation with Jennifer Egan in a recent issue of The New York Times Sunday Magazine dedicated to the future. We have a 'shrinking respect for mystery' it seems to me, not just in regards to the big wide world and all its unknowns, but also in regards to our own little lives. Is there always a silver lining to tragedy? Do we really have any clue as to why we end up with this parent, this partner, this child? Why do we feel the compulsion to be so sure about so much?" What are the mysteries that remain once our well-crafted lives take a detour down uncharted narratives? #mystery #living #relationship #growing [Photo by @jpellgen / @flickr]
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rachel_anne_manning : I needed to read this today.
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kirbykritter : Great stuff
youngvolcanoes : @mariannapalka Mysteries...
mariannapalka : @youngvolcanoes So Many Mysteries to Love...
gayjeg : Love those murals
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"It’s OK to be aware of our limitations as human beings — that these are things that make it harder. It doesn’t make it impossible. And that’s the beauty of science — that we can go beyond these prejudices, if you like, these intuitions that we have built on our ordinary, everyday experience. That allows us to think about things that seem obviously wrong. They’re not obviously wrong, they’re just not obvious to us." —Lisa Randall is one of those brilliant physicists who is pursuing a theory that dark matter might have created the cosmic event that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs — and hence humanity’s rise as a species. Yeah, her interview with Krista Tippett is worth listening to... #darkmatter #mystery #physics [Photo by Matthew Savage / Flickr]
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stargazer1105 : This a fascinating program. Highly recommended.
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"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" - Fred Rogers [Photo by Fotomovimiento / Flickr]
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kimbyrenton : 💛 @ctahern
rezapm.uk : I wish that I could do something...
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apgolinski : @ydujegduj show your mom this pls!
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How should we receive the news from Paris? Omid Safi shares a few thoughts on the attacks and the swirling media coverage after spending a day in silence. He opens with this: "Upon receiving the news from Paris, I did what I often do in moments of crisis. I turned off the TV — and sat with the grief. I turned, as I often do, to poetry, nature, scripture, and prayer. I retreated to solitude, leaving time for sorrow to sit with me before having to answer the inevitable crush of media speculation. In those early hours there is no real analysis, only a parroting of ideological perspectives. I find it more fully human to welcome grief, and connect with the humanity of those for whom these tragedies are even more personal, more intimately destructive. The poem that I turned to was yet again from the amazing Somali-British poet, Warsan Shire: later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere. Everywhere, everywhere. Everybody hurts. It hurts everywhere." And he closes with this thought: "I don’t have the answers to ISIS, or how to defeat them. But I do know this: at the end of the day, love and unity will have the victory. If we are to get there, we have to remain fully human." #ParisAttacks #solidarity [Photo by IAmNotUnique / Flickr]
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foundnotforgotten : So thoughtful. Thank you.
authenticselfcare : Thanks for sharing....
shaaronhendry : Beautiful
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arborleemoments : Beautiful perspective. Grateful 💛
laceygault : @mcclellank incredible
ceyout : @ameier89
morganpinney : @joiewatson thought you might need this. Xxooxo
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