I absolutely love and am inspired by every interview I hear of Krista Tippett’s show On Being. Her work to create a non-polarized dialogue in modern society through her Civil Conversations project was inspiring enough that I included it in my graduate school scholarship essay, and her gift for asking the right questions and being a presence with whom her guests can sink deeply into themselves and the world most important to them is aspirational for anyone who seeks to mindfully listen and understand others.
I just listened to her podcast with Mirabai Bush, a meditation teacher who helped create the training program used for Google employees called Search Inside Yourself. In the interview, Bush states a fascination with Joan of Arc as a little girl, and how she thought it would be nice to know what one was expected to do in this “complicated world” as Joan of Arc did. Later, when she found contemplative practice as an adult, this wish became more of her personal reality.
“Somehow that stayed with me [from childhood]. That sense of wanting to be able to hear clearly what it was I should be doing with my life. And later, when I began to learn various contemplative spiritual practices… I realized that what I loved about it was that they helped you get calm, clear, open, better able to hear… I feel like I am better able to hear what it is I am supposed to be doing with my life, and then, you know, doing it.”