Reading and Listening of 2016: On Being with Krista Tippett


For the love of sharing here is one of my favourite podcasts, On Being with Krista Tippett.

On Being is currently my lifeblood. Krista Tippett, from years of interviewing experience, has developed a way of bringing out stories of goodness found deep in the cells of her guests. With beautifully orchestrated questions she has created a sacred space to celebrate what it is that makes us human. On Being is a beacon in the pain and vitriol of the world.

Tippett’s interview of Martin Sheen – yes, the West Wing star AND environmental activist! – was my entry point into this podcast. Hearing Sheen’s life story  was exceptional as much as it was inspiring. I sat in silence and weeped after the final word was spoken, moved by Sheen’s understanding of how to exist in this world with both benevolence and purpose. He exists within a Catholic perspective that is charitable and fleshy; there is an absence of the rigid and antiquated laws often found in religion. I was surprised and moved by this episode.

Another reflective moment with Tippett was in hearing the reading of Pablo Neruda’s poem “Keeping Quiet.” One of my favourite South American poets, he was a diplomat and man of the people. In 1971 his words and presence were celebrated enough to win a Noble Prize in Literature. To quote the Nobel Prize website on Neruda’s work: for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent’s destiny and dreams.” It is speculated that Pablo Neruda was  poisoned to death at the order of Chilean president, and often described as dictator, Augusto Pinochet. Not only was Pablo celebrated but also feared by evil. Here is the reading of “Keeping Quiet,” a lesson on stillness that does not equate to inactivity, but to the important practice of being present.

*Photo of Pablo Neruda, Soundcloud.