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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

Gentleness

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Receiving depends on gentleness, which relaxes our boundaries. It lets us interact with what comes our way. It lets us lend some of our shape to what's before us. Lending our shape in this way allows for a momentary joining, through which we can feel the aliveness that flows between...

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Aslan and the White Witch

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 1:17 PM

This passage speaks to the turning points of resilience that are always near.

Aslan and the White Witch

We always have the choice to be one who affirms or one who drains. This choice is beautifully rendered in the C.S. Lewis classic The Chronicles of Narnia. There, Aslan, the life-affirming,...

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A Dream We're Close to Living

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:42 PM

This passage explores a different sense of destiny.


A Dream We're Close to Living

I was given an insight when young, which arrived one day in the rain as everything thirsty in me relaxed. It was an insight about destiny and how, like trees and plants, destiny...

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The Practice of Courage

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 4:03 PM

From the outside, being courageous seems a monumental canyon to cross, but inside the opened depth of any situation, it begins with a single step.

The Practice of Courage

The practice of courage is doing small things with love. This was Mother Theresa's anthem. We begin to dismantle what is...

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Being the Part, Feeling the Whole

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Since we're each a living part in a living Whole, one challenging art in being human is to live out our particular life while comprehending the Whole. One aspect of the endless practice is to feel both the depth of our feelings and, at the same time, to stand on...

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Saying Yes to Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:50 PM

In the face of this gritty, mysterious, and ever-changing dynamic we call being alive, it's nothing short of heroic that we are asked to choose life and living, again and again. Not just to put a good face on things while we're here, but because saying yes to life is...

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Polishing the Heart

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:50 PM

This fall, Atria is publishing my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores the difficult and rewarding aspects of being human, which are often inter-related, including how to restore our trust in life, when suffering...

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Our Journey on Earth

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 2:38 PM

This fall, Atria is publishing my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores the difficult and rewarding aspects of being human, which are often inter-related, including how to restore our trust in life, when suffering...

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One String

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 2:34 PM

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and unfold the journey from our head to our heart. For the next two months, I'm happy to be...

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So Much is Carried

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 1:01 PM

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and unfold the journey from our head to our heart. For the next two months, I'm happy to be...

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Kiss Everything on Fire

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 2:10 PM

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and unfold the journey from our head to our heart. For the next two months, I'm happy to be...

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Ahyo-oh'-oh-ni

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:15 AM

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and unfold the journey from our head to our heart. For the next two months, I'm happy to be...

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For Nine-Week-Old Mira

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:32 PM

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and unfold the journey from our head to our heart. For the next two months, I'm happy to be...

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Running the Table

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:42 PM

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and unfold the journey from our head to our heart. For the next two months, I'm happy to be...

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The Water Takes Many Forms

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 1:51 PM

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and unfold the journey from our head to our heart. For the next two months, I'm happy to be...

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Behind the Thunder

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 11:58 AM

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and unfold the journey from our head to our heart. For the next two months, I'm happy to be...

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Bareback

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 6:34 PM

There are times when how we operate in the world just turns upside down. This poem speaks to such a time for me.

Bareback

No question I've been knocked
from my invisible horse and the
one with tools in his hands keeps
prodding: Get back in the...

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You Ask about Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 1:02 PM

The longer I'm blessed to be here, the more I realize (make real) the wonder that poetry is a state of being and not a craft of language.

You Ask about Poetry

You ask from an island so far away
it remains unspoiled. To walk quietly
till the...

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Natural

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Throughout history, there has always been a dissonant conversation between those who feel we as humans are dark creatures who need to be controlled and those who feel that we are born with and innate goodness that allowed to blossom will heal the world. Of course, it's both. This passage...

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Without Knowing

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Our first encounters with love shape us and have a lasting impact on how we meet the world. Triggered by a young couple in a café, this poem helped me look back and understand the gift we give each other as we're just beginning to form both inwardly and outwardly.

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