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The Lesson

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When young, it was the first fall from love. It broke me open the way lightning splits a tree. Then, years later, cancer broke me further. This time, ...

Where No One Stays a Statue

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It was a sunny day and I went to the park and sat on a bench. I was one of many coming out from under our rocks to warm and lengthen. He was two benc...

Initiating The Gift

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I often experience the days like someone rowing, and each time I slip an oar below the surface, it disturbs the water. When I'm tired or stunned enoug...

Sacred Seclusion

Donna Henes | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Donna Henes

This August, I was very lucky to spend two weeks at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. It is a venerable and prestigious retreat facility that sup...

The Covenant of Love

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

In the West, we're eager, even anxious, to choose names for babies before they're born. In other parts of the world, the naming process unfolds differ...

25 Famous Women On Being Alone

The Cut | Posted 09.26.2016 | Women
The Cut

the social stigma surrounding ladies who are uncoupled by choice or by chance still runs deep. Below, 25 accomplished women -- including Shonda Rhimes and Diane Keaton -- discuss what being alone and living as single, independent women means to them.

Our Authority Of Being

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Alex is a trial attorney who knows how to be assertive and use the authority of his position. He began as a public defender and his closeness to peopl...

The Effort to Learn

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I confess and celebrate that the only thing I've done longer than teach is to learn. And not very far along it became clear that teaching is learning ...

Going Off the Deep End

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When our beloved dog Mira died, there were those who walked with us, honoring the truth of where we were, no matter what had brought us there. These w...

Our Struggle and Possibility

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives. --Armistead Maupin Like everyone, I am deeply ...

Just A Glimpse

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The deeper world is always there, knowable and reachable. It is we who by turns miss it and stumble into it.

Knocked Off Our Horse

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Saul of Tarsus was an intransigent Roman citizen, zealous in his persecution of early Christians in the first century. At the height of his fervor, Sa...

Striving Just To Be

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

My wife, Susan, is a potter. When she was first learning to center clay on the potter's wheel, it was very difficult. This is a threshold all potters ...

Missing My Muses -- The Beauty of Family Noises from a Writer-Parent Experiencing Too Much Solitude

Christopher Phillips | Posted 08.05.2016 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

I am missing my family. They are at a Buddhist camp in New England, they have no cellphone signal, and I haven't spoken directly with them for 8 full...

Asking For Our Turn

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Karen's father never listened to her. When her college friend, Iris, came home for Thanksgiving to meet her family, Karen's father began to drift away...

Touching the Water

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 t...

Two Kinds of Work

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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...

When We Set Out

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 recent...

Meeting Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 expectat...

Daily Meditation: Solitude

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Power Of Holding

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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...

Everyone Has A Gift

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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...

At Yosemite -- Pull Up A Rock And Have A Seat

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Falconer Newhall

In Yosemite's high country: Is that grapefruit-sized rock all that's keeping the boulder from rolling down the hillside? Photos by Barbara Newhall. B...

It's Time To Take A Break: Solitude Is Good For Business

Catriona Pollard | Posted 06.09.2016 | Business
Catriona Pollard

I regularly take holidays alone. And when I say alone, I don't mean booking a room at a fancy hotel for a couple of days R&R. The last trip I took I c...

What If Today, We Spoke Our Truth?

Alicia Henry | Posted 06.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Alicia Henry

Image: Solitude Above Clouds, Topanga CA (owner Alicia Henry) It's been coming up in conversation quite often among my peers...truth. When should we ...