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MARK NEPO has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for more than thirty-five years. His #1 New York Times bestseller "The Book of Awakening," was selected as one of “Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things” in 2010. In his book, "Seven Thousand Ways to Listen," Mark offers ancient and contemporary practices to help us stay close to what is sacred. His most recent book, Reduced to Joy, contains 73 poems, retrieved and shaped over the last 13 years, about the nature of working with what we’re given till it wears us through to joy. As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. To learn more, please visit www.MarkNepo.com and www.threeintentions.com.

Entries by Mark Nepo

Touching the Water

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 11:36 AM

I'm excited to share my new book, The One Life We're Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, which will be published July 19. Retrieving this book has made me a better person. I share my story and the stories of others as examples, not instructions....

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Two Kinds of Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 1:41 PM

There are two fundamental kinds of work. First, the work necessary to survive: to be fed and clothed, the work of inner and outer hygiene, the work of creating and sustaining some form of home. This is the work to stay well and safe. The work of surviving may be...

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When We Set Out

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 5:40 PM

My father has been with me since his death, speaking to me through the things he did, the things he built, the things he loved. So when someone recently asked, "Which should we listen to, our soul or our will," I suddenly remembered my father teaching me how to steer...

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Meeting Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 12:25 PM

When we can still ourselves, our heart will sink -- of its own weight -- below the noise of the world, the advice of others, and even our own expectations. Once that still, our mind can relax and we have the chance to inhale what matters. This is how we...

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The Power Of Holding

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 2:30 PM

A rheumatologist at a workshop at the Cleveland Clinic spoke of a twenty-one-year-old woman she was treating who was dying of cancer. The medical team caring for her was running out of treatment options and the sight of this young woman withering was weighing on everyone.

On a sun-filled...

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Everyone Has A Gift

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 1:13 PM

Each person is born with a gift. Our call is to find it and care for it. The ultimate purpose of the gift is to exercise the heart into inhabiting its aliveness. For the covenant of life is not just to stay alive, but to stay in our aliveness. And...

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Shaped by Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 12:28 PM

Shaped by Life

My dear father, Morris Nepo, died three years ago at the age of ninety-three. He was at his strongest and happiest when working with wood, when building things. In his basement workshop, no one could suppress his love of life and his insatiable creativity. I learned a...

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The Sway of It All

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 11:34 AM

The Sway of It All

And so I lift my face from the mud,
the mud of my past, the mud of history,
the thick and ragged bark of how we
think everyone but our own darkness
is the enemy, I lift my face like...

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Thrown Back

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 12:09 PM

Thrown Back

Twenty-six years ago today, the tumor growing in my skull vanished and I was thrown back in the streets like Lazarus. Today the rain is a fine mist and I open my face for a long time, receiving water from the sky. All I can say is perhaps...

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Cradlesong

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 12:06 PM

Cradlesong
(For Jessica)

How do I explain chemotherapy
to a six-year-old up in my arms
before I shed my coat?

How do I tell her I can't
kiss her on the lips because
my white count is low, that
we must leave early because

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It

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 12:04 PM

It

First It was a woman with auburn hair
whose head would moan when I'd kiss her neck.
Then It was a game where despite the others
I would rise in the air and toss the ball
as if it were all that mattered of me

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Letting Go

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 12:00 PM

Letting Go

After feeling driven my whole life
something very near the center has
unwound and I can no longer hurry
through airports or return all my calls.

And sometimes people I barely know
swim up like old worn fish to show me
the map...

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In the Sea of Others

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 9:52 AM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers 28 years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including 39 new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Eventually

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 6:13 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers 28 years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including 39 new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Adrift

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 12:03 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Ocean of Sky

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 1:27 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Midway in Our Journey

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 1:39 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Knowing God

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 11:13 AM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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Covenant With Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 11:44 AM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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The Thin Magic

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 3:13 PM

Sounds True recently published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my...

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