On Being Blog

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 16:34

I’ve been skeptical about celebrity pet charity projects and rock stars like Bono who have endorsed the RED campaign — encouraging people to shop and buy stuff in order to aid impoverished Africans. It just rings hollow to me and somewhat paradoxical, even though I recognize the good intentions behind it.

And then I read these lines from his op-ed this weekend:

It’s Lent I’ve always had issues with. I gave it up … self-denial is where I come a cropper. My idea of discipline is simple — hard work — but of course that’s another indulgence.

Then comes the dying and the living that is Easter.
—Bono, lead singer of U2

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Friday, April 17, 2009 - 08:43

Watch Kabat-Zinn's entire presentation at Google headquarters (and the excerpt from the show).

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Friday, April 17, 2009 - 08:38

A video of Jon Kabat-Zinn's presentation at MIT as he reflects on life in a 24/7 networked world.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 09:32

Perhaps our guest's undergraduate college might have informed his work on mindfulness.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 02:40

Being mindful may mean you just can't shoot that next photo or journal that gorgeous sunset. A 3-minute TEDtalk.

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 08:42

In our interview for next week’s show, the very thoughtful scientist/author Jon Kabat-Zinn has intriguing and provocative things to say about the pressures and possibilities of aligning our “Stone Age minds” with 21st-century digital realities. But he also says: “This is far too serious to take too seriously.”

The most godly people I know have a sense of humor even about the most important things, and I’m convinced God does too. And that is my far too serious justification for posting two very funny Facebook takes on Passover and Easter, the holiest of holidays being observed simultaneously this week. Be blessed — and enjoy.


Friday, April 10, 2009 - 18:09

Last week when I was going through this week’s program with Vigen Guroian, I was listening to some of the choral music for the first time in two years. Later that evening, I put on an old Cocteau Twins CD, Heaven or Las Vegas (which must have been on my mind since SOF had recently been picked up by KNPR in Las Vegas!), and I was struck how some of the lush harmonies were seemingly reminiscent of some of the Orthodox Russian repertoire, or at least Kitka’s Bulgarian folk styling of Nikolai Kedrov’s Otche Nash — “The Lord’s Prayer” in Russian.

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 22:29

Obama's statement that "some are to blame, but all are responsible" sounds a bit familiar.

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