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Entries by Mark Nepo from 01/2013

Blessings I Have No Words For

| Posted 01.04.2013 | Healthy Living

This week's poem is about what we hear in the spaces between all the noise. All meditation practices and all beginnings of art start with such a listening.

The Ethic of Wonder

| Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living

The great Jewish philosopher, Abraham Heschel said, "We will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation... What we lack is not a will to believe but a will to wonder..." Wonder is the feeling that overcomes us when we enter life and not just watch it.

Tendencies

| Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living

Up to that point in my life, I had thought of hardships as inexplicable events happening to me and others and viewed strength as the ability to endure these unwanted circumstances. Such endurance is certainly a strength.

Meeting My Selves

| Posted 01.23.2013 | Healthy Living

We blossom and outgrow selves the way butterflies emerge from cocoons. Except that being human, we have the chance to emerge from many cocoons. This poem tries to look back at the many selves I've lived in.

The Purpose of Fishing

| Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living

Fishing is a great way to relate to the unknown. It's compelling and surprising that we always return to places where we've caught something to wait, when there's no reason to think that anything will ever break surface in the same place twice.