“And I wonder, particularly in a time where everything seems urgent, what the role of pause and breath is, in this season, to help us gear up for whatever this transformational moment we find ourselves in is.”

Rev. Jen Bailey

“Pause.” What does this mean to you? 

Over the past six weeks, our team has poured over our archive on a venture of rediscovery, finding new constellations of tools and teachings along the way.

And throughout, we've returned to wise words that inspire us in our life and work — words that opened our summer series, from Pema Chödrön:

“When we pause, allow a gap, and breathe deeply, we can experience instant refreshment. Suddenly we slow down, look out, and there’s the world.”

We’re delighted to leave you with our final issue — before breaking for our annual end-of-August moment of Pause — with an invitation to explore, in the company of our winsome artists-in-residence, the power of questions towards shaping our presence in the world.


“When we pause, allow a gap, and breathe deeply, we can…”

… court the mystery and wonder we encounter in the transitions we inhabit, and tend to the ways we move through them.

Issue 1
Between A and B

… nourish a capacious love for the life teeming all around us, to live into the generative future we hope is possible.

Issue 2
A Wild Love for the World

… pick up the threads extended to us when we’ve lost our way, and weave them into the poetry of being human.

Issue 3
Collective Wayfinding

… practice the rituals we’ve learned and inherited that anchor us in the eye of a storm.

Issue 4
"Calm in the Eye of the Storm"

… step into “streams of timelessness” that offer replenishment and vitality to our presence in the world.

Issue 5
Standing in a Stream of Timelessness

The Art of Being: 2022 Artists-in-Residence

Over the years, we’ve carried the ethos of Pause beyond our newsletter and into our larger work in the world. Our inaugural Artist Residency gave five talented artists time, space, and resources to reconnect with, explore, and nurture the identities that shape their work alongside On Being’s animating questions:


What does it mean to be human?

How do we want to live?

And who will we be to each other?


It’s a joy to introduce them to you in this space, and to celebrate their creative exploration as these questions took on more personal meaning for them over twelve weeks.


Giizhigad (Christy B.)

Detroit, MI

 on being water

Kah Yangni

Philadelphia, PA

 Breathe It In/Let It Go

Madeleine Jubilee Saito

Seattle, WA

 For living, in climate crisis

Melody Joy 

Santa Cruz, CA

Reverberations: On Memory and Being

Xiaolu Wang

Minneapolis, MN

rational intellect

See you again in mid-September with fresh offerings — and all-new avenues we’re creating to Pause for the deep, nourishing work towards what it means to be human.

Blessings on the rest of your summer. 

From all of us at On Being 🙏

PS: If you’ve enjoyed this series, you’re most welcome to share it with someone in your life, with an invitation to subscribe through this link.


Header illustration by Stephanie Deangelis




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