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This week’s Pause is written by Krista:
I keep having variations on the same conversation with friends and
strangers and colleagues. How extraordinary it feels, for those of us
in places of the world that are opening up, to do ordinary things like
hug people and walk unmasked into common spaces and even just be at
the office. Yet: how strangely, puzzlingly unnerving it all also can
We are, on many levels, in a new chapter — following on the
multiple chapters of the past 18 months. This is a time of transition.
It’s a liminal space emotionally, psychologically, physically,
Part of what we need to do now is rest, as we are able. To let
ourselves fall apart, perhaps. Throughout the pandemic, it’s been hard
to fully articulate what was happening inside us and how that was
ricocheting between us. Now, we are in a new moment, called to feel
what we need to feel, to find words and new intelligence of practice
in all the spaces we inhabit and work in and relate in. To acknowledge
what we’ve survived, what we’ve lost, what we’ve begun to learn.
We’re also called to really internalize — and this is challenging
for many of us, I speak for myself — that this matter of being alive
now, of rising to what we’ve begun to learn in an extraordinary time
in the life of the world, is not something we’re supposed to know how
to do or to take up alone.
This has been our deepest motivation for creating the Wisdom app
and the Hope Is a Muscle course as a place to begin. And here
I have buried my lead, as the saying goes in journalism. For as I
app is LIVE. I don’t use exclamation points lightly, but
here goes: !!!!!!!! This, here, now, is the first public announcement.
The app has been nine intense months in the making and that feels apt:
it has felt like an experience of gestation and birth.
A brief word about On Being this week, too. I
first interviewed the brilliant physicist Brian
Greene a few years ago, as some of you will remember. This is a
new conversation with him and a remarkable view inside an
evolution he’s undergone in recent years, one that might surprise you.
It’s full of wonder and a cosmic perspective and energy for framing
this time. It’s full of delight — and we can never have too much of
that — one of the companions to hope that we explore in the Hope
Is a Muscle course.
I truly, deeply *hope* you’ll join me there. If you do, please let
me know what you think. There are details below on how to get started,
and what awaits — including a launch event on July 27. All are so very
warmly welcome. It would be wonderful to see you there.
Here are more details on the
foundational first course, Hope Is a
Across 20 sessions centered around a
compilation of 10-15 minute Wisdom Practices, we delve into how hope
actually functions as a daily calling, as a moral choice, as social
creativity. We learn about ways to progressively deepen our presence
to ourselves, to others, to the world — life practices that are
companions to a robust hope. We meet people who embody hope with their
very being. We have our minds opened wide by scientists on frontiers
of cosmic discovery and evolutionary biology, where light is being
shed on the truth of how Bryan Stevenson defines hope: as a
“superpower” of our species. He is the first teacher we walk with,
Maria Popova/Devendra Banhart/Rev. angel
Kyodo williams/Naomi Shihab Nye/Ocean Vuong/Jacqueline Novogratz/Ross
Gay/Ai-jen Poo/Rabbi Ariel Burger/Mario Livio/Augustín Fuentes/Rebecca
Solnit/Vincent Harding/Jane Goodall/Joy Harjo/Joanna Macy/Br. David
These are lives of applied hope
And we can all be more like that.
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This Week at The On Being Project
Our Latest Episode
On Being with Krista
Tiny Slice of Eternity”
The renowned physicist’s exuberant,
cosmic lens on living in the here and the now.
Practicing Hope: Community Gathering
Wisdom App Launch
Tuesday, July 27th, 2021
5pm PST /
7pm CST / 8pm EST
Hope is calling us — to meet what is hard and hurting, to rise to
what is beautiful and life-giving, to begin where we live and
alongside others — to the long work of remaking the world.
We invite you to step toward this and join us for Practicing
Hope. This online event will mirror the experience of the app
— Wisdom Practice, guided reflection, and more tools for the art of
living that draw on Krista’s conversations with wise teachers across
the years. All are welcome. A few notes as you prepare:
registration is required to receive the link to join this Zoom
- Those who’ve registered will receive an
email on the day of the event with a link to join.
- Attendance is free.
- Attendees will not be on video or
- In addition to hearing from Krista, this
event includes a listening experience and time for personal reflection
— bring pen and paper.
If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ
page or contact us at [email protected] We look forward to sharing
in this new beginning with you.