Episode Date May 3, 2022
Featured Guest Mia Birdsong
Featured Book "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Episode Summary

Mia Birdsong reading from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s ‘Braiding Sweetgrass,’ and discussing connecting to what you are longing for.

Michael’s new book How to Begin: Start Doing Something that Matters is now available at www.HowToBegin.com.

‘Traveller, there is no path. The path is made by walking.’ 

This is a quote from a poem by early 20th century Spanish poet, Antonio Machado. Though I’ve known about it for 20 years, I’ve only just given it any real thought, and I think it’s slightly subversive – disconcerting, even. Here’s what I now see in the depth of those lines: what seems obvious is not as certain as it appears, what seems built is not as solid as it appears, and what you long for is not yet built – it’s in doing the work that the world we want is created.

Mia Birdsong is someone who’s making the path by walking. She’s the author of How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community, and she describes herself as a pathfinder and a facilitator on the road to social justice.

Mia reads two pages from ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer. [reading begins at 19:35]

Hear us discuss:

  • Connecting to your longing: “Create enough presence to notice yourself.” [12:13]
  • Our responsibility to our gifts. [24:49]
  • Clearing away old stories of yourself. [31:23]
  • Creating and telling a new story: “Absolutely, we are meant to survive.” [33:54]

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Mia Birdsong | Website | LinkedIn | How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community

Robin Wall Kimmerer | Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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