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Book of Awakening

A Fish With Arms? What the?

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

You see, the problem with so much in religion today is that it's always all about becoming something other than who we are... all about getting somewhere other than where we are. For this, and a lot other reasons, people have given up on religion.

'I Am Here! I See You!' New Year's Resolutions That May Just Work

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Isn't much of the tension in relationships, much of the misunderstanding at work, much of the violence in this world somehow connected to the often misunderstood feeling, "Nobody sees me! ... Knows me ... Loves me ... Recognizes me"?

Where Do I Go To Find Guidance In The New Year?

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Your internal GPS. This GPS sometimes speaks and provides internal guidance. At most times, however, it says nothing at all. It provides instead a kind of "hunch," as it were. An intuition. A feeling.

Time The Church's Old Story Of Jesus Dies

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The story of Jesus is vastly more beautiful without the baggage of killing and bloodshed. It is time for a new reading of the redemption story. It is time the church allow the old story of Jesus to die.

I See You

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

In a culture that erases its humanity, that keeps the act of innocence and beginning invisible, we are sorely in need of being seen with joy, so we can proclaim with equal astonishment and innocence that, of all the amazing things that could have been or not, "We Are Here."

A Meditation On Letting Go Of What No Longer Works

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When faced with the need to keep going inward, we are confronted with a very difficult kind of life choice: like carving up your grandmother's table for firewood to keep your loved ones warm, or leaving a job that has been safe and fulfilling in order to feel vital again.

A Meditation On Knowing Who We Are

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Each person is born with an unencumbered spot, free of expectation and regret, free of ambition and embarrassment, free of fear and worry -- an umbilical spot of grace where we were each first touched by God.

A Meditation On Seeing Clearly

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Our very self is the one window we have into this life. And so often, we suffer the mood of a dirty window, believing the brilliant world gray.

A Meditation On Housing Our Pain

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things... Stop being a glass. Become a lake.

A Meditation On Learning To Be Satisfied

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The devastating truth is that excellence can't hold you in the night, and, as I learned when ill, being demanding or sophisticated won't help you survive. A person dying of thirst doesn't ask if the water has chlorine or if it was gathered in the foothills of France.


Mark Nepo | Posted 02.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It is no secret that cancer in its acuteness pierced me into open living, and I've been working ever since to sanctify that open living without crisis as its trigger. But can this be done without crisis pushing us off the ledge?

A Meditation For Simple Joys

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

No matter how close we come, no matter how much we get from staying close with a sensitive heart, nothing will open us to joy but entering the stream.

A Meditation For New Beginnings

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It is a basic human sequence: gather, prepare, put down, enter. But failing as we do, we always have that second chance: to learn how to fall, get up and laugh.

10 Meditations From My Daybook

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

From many traditions, from many experiences, from many beautiful and honest voices, the songs herein all sing of pain and wonder and the mystery of love.