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Lessening Our Pain

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Every life, in every age, has had to find its way: discovering a foundation, a self from which to meet others and the world, only to open beyond the confines of a single self, so we can receive meaning from everything that is not us.

Without Pause

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This is the inspiring lesson of Beethoven's Opus 131: It mirrors the nonstop demand of life to have us make music of what we're given, not knowing what will happen. Inevitably, having to play seven movements without pause, the instruments will go out of tune.

Daddy's Arms

Trina Hayes | Posted 08.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Trina Hayes

Daddy I want to say thank you for being the best dad I know I made you happy and at times I made you sad. Daddy you are the very best dad a girl could...

Poem: We Will Judge You Based on Your Wedding

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

image credit: Madeline von Foerster We Will Judge You Based on Your Wedding We will judge you based on your wedding, on what you have designed. H...

A Good Minute

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We sometimes approach spiritual practice with a sense -- conscious or otherwise -- that it will allow us to transcend our lives. Perhaps we hope that by becoming awakened we will have the power to become detached from our experiences of pain, grief, or heartbreak.

On the Edge of God's Shimmer

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We are here to love the light out of each other. It's not something we can plan or build, only ready ourselves for. My wife Susan is one who sees the light in my darkness. This is what relationship that endures can do. This reflection explores such grace.

In Your Company

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

One of the wonders and rewards for being open to life is that we chance, through our authenticity, to experience the essence of all those who ever lived. When we love completely, we chance to feel everyone who ever loved.

Thou Art That

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

At 93, my father is failing. He's in between worlds, close to both life and death. We've slipped into a time of presence more than conversation. At times, he surfaces like an old whale, offering bits of this world and the next. This poem comes from that precious time.


Mark Nepo | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Beyond family or the culture and religion of our birth, life will lead us to discover the lineage we are a part of, the circle of kindred spirits that nourish our soul.

The Hard Human Spring

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Sitting on a bench in Central Park in New York City, I was watching an ancient oak whose roots were woven into massive stones. It wasn't long till I began to reflect on how those stones let the roots in and how the roots found their way into all that stone.

After the Marathon Bombings: A Firsthand Account

Tara Skurtu | Posted 07.01.2013 | Crime
Tara Skurtu

The thing that struck me was the number of spectators who returned to the scene, and I keep hearing about more. That man in the cowboy hat, pinching off someone's exposed artery with his bare hands. The woman who ran back to the site to cradle a child.

Getting Closer

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This week's poem explores the cloudlike veils that come between us and our direct living of life. Sometimes, we have to part the veil with our mind. Sometimes, we have to let the wind of our heart blow it open. Sometimes, we need the love of others to part the veil for us.

How We Make Our Way

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Over a lifetime, we are humbly changed by things we often don't notice along the way. We're often connected to other life we're not aware of. This piece bears witness to such connections.

The Earth Is Us

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Maria Rodale

What you hate is you What you love is you What you destroy is you What you create is you What you kill is you What you give birth to is you Your t...

Happy Birthday To Me

James Franco | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment
James Franco

It's my 35th birthday, not that anyone should care. Here's a poem I wrote on my 31st birthday. I have done a few things in the past four years, but this poem still captures how I feel on my birthday.

Buddha Doodle - 'Connect'

Molly Hahn | Posted 06.16.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn


Near the Light

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Sometimes, in the midst of working through frustrations, it's possible to glimpse the truth that, though I'm frustrated, not everything is frustrating. Sometimes, in the midst of sadness, it's possible to glimpse that, though I'm sad, not everything is sad.

Going Home

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

For all the dreams we dream and things we work toward, we sometimes stumble into a moment when what waits inside our dream somehow comes true. This poem speaks to such a moment.

In the Thick of It

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We fell into a deep conversation about the part of us that is constantly changed by meeting the world and the depth of who we are that never changes. The Rocky Mountains were nearby and as I began to explore all this, the wisdom of the mountains was suddenly in reach.

Hold Nothing Back

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I'm always surprised to rediscover that life waits behind a door that can only be opened when we give our all, when we hold nothing back.

Gentleness and Co-Dependence

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Since life can be abrupt and harsh, it's a constant challenge to meet experience without shutting down. If we're too guarded, we're never touched by what matters. On the contrary, it seems that to be touched by what matters, we need to develop our gentleness.


Mark Nepo | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This is a profound example of quiet integrity -- staying true to one's own nature and staying whole. Steadfastness, in its deepest regard, inhabits the resolve not to be persuaded or worn down to be something we are not.

The Best Poems About Food

Madeleine Crum | Posted 03.05.2013 | Taste

Food poetry can be incredibly nuanced, eliciting feelings of pleasure and nostalgia in the same way eating does.

The Myth of Urgency

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We live in an age where information, demands, and choices are more plentiful than ever. This rush of possibility gives us the illusion that we can do anything without limit. With this rush of possibility and the illusion of no limits comes a relentless urgency to do it all.

Side by Side

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Experience opens us to humility and humility opens us to compassion, which means to suffer with, to keep company with, to be with. Nothing can as strong and soft at the same time as compassion.