“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 wrote "A Force of Will" about the death of his four-month-old son. “Running became a metaphor for my life,” Mike says.
“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 Justin, running is a part of his spiritual practice.
“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 work requires focus and discipline, something that she also finds in her spiritual practice of running.
“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 prayer.
“My love for running started with me running towards my mom.” Mallary Tenore's mother introduced her to one of the defining practices in her life: running — which has been equal parts destructive, spiritual, and healing.
“Running challenges people to see me from a different perspective.” In the Sikh tradition there is a duty to “hone the spiritual body in the same way that we hone our spiritual selves.” Simran Jeet Singh holds that in his practice as a runner.
“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 6 different Alaska mountain races. For Christy, running is a spiritual practice.
“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 them.” John Cary is an architect, a father, and a marathon runner. For him, running is a spiritual practice.
“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, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!, found that in running.
“Once I started running it was really hard to be angry at my body in the same way.” Teacher, writer, and Mexipina Christina Torres on how running helps her deal with anxiety, body image, and understanding her deepest sense of self.
Gold medalist Billy Mills tells his redemptive story of how running healed his "broken soul" and saved his life. And he shares a mystical story uniting his father's words with Lakota wisdom as he crossed the finish line.
For World Suicide Prevention Day, a story of a son's loss of his father by suicide. The writer Eric Marcus talks about family silence, learning to share his story, and discovering compassion for his father and healing for himself.
Emma Watson's challenging and inspirational speech creates an opening for our senior producer to reflect, reframe, and reclaim her sense of feminism.
As part of the Your Audio Selfie project, the founder of I'm From Driftwood on how collecting LGBTQ stories has changed him.
A documentary about an intrepid and curious man inspires this reflection on failure, giving up too soon, and pursuing curiosity rather than success.
In a breakout year for black film, "12 Years a Slave" invited both dialogue and accolade. Yet films like "Fruitvale Station," about the life of a black man today, get passed over. A contemplation on race, Hollywood, and the conversations we aren't having.
The daughter of an evangelical pastor finds comfort in the questions of an Orthodox rabbi — and his ability to change his mind on women's issues because of his relationship with his daughter.
On Being gone hip-hop? Well, not really. But our closing credits gain a small bit of street cred with this behind-the-scenes look at crafting the show.
Spike Jonze’s latest film is a contemplative meditation on how we connect with one another, and the role that technology plays in searching for that connection every time we turn on our electronic devices.
Nicole Holofcener's film is funny, raw, and intimate — and it does what very few films do: it gets women right.
Geneticist and Anglican priest Lindon Eaves offers insight on how he's able to take comfort in what he does not know, in both science and religion — something we could all learn from.
A moving affirmation of the power we have to affect one another simply by being ourselves.