Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.
The best way to nurture children's inner lives, Sylvia Boorstein says, is by taking care of our own inner selves for their sake. At a public event in suburban Detroit, Krista Tippett draws out the warmth and wisdom of the celebrated Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist. And, in a light-hearted moment that is an audience pleaser, Boorstein shares what GPS might teach us about "recalculating" and our own inner equanimity.
Of Toltec teacher don Miguel Ruiz's four agreements to living a more authentic life, he says the first is the most important: Be impeccable with your word. Watch as he and Oprah discuss why this intention is so much more than just doing what you said you would doâ€”it's about finding your own truth.
Author Anne Lamott says it's easy to thank God when life is going well. However, when times get tough, she says, feelings of anger or complete silence can also act as prayer's as long as you're trying to tell the truth of your heart. Watch as she explains why prayer takes on many forms.
A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.