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Solitude

One String

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

So Much is Carried

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

Before Summer Quiets Down: Seek Moments of Solitude

Kirsten Blake | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Kirsten Blake

While we might not have the power to turn America into Europe and declare August vacances season, we can take small steps to stop the busyness in our own lives and take real moments of solitude -- a "vacances de la solitude," if you will.

Religion and Spiritual Searching in Times of Solitude

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Evgeniya Melnikova

Despite the century, place of birth or age, human beings had always questioned everything that was going on around them. Spiritual searching and existence of God was and still is one of the most questionable aspects in history.

Kiss Everything on Fire

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

Ahyo-oh'-oh-ni

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

Grand Jury Duty Stalled My Life -- But Helped Me Find Solitude

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Women
Jodi B. Katzman

When was the last time you were seated in a room with a group of people for hours on end, and no one -- not one single person --- stole periodic glances at their mobile devices? If you can't remember when, then I can only surmise it's been a long time since you served on jury duty!

For Nine-Week-Old Mira

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

Running the Table

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

Best of America: 9 Reasons to Love the Pacific Northwest

Global Yodel | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel
Global Yodel

The upper left hand corner of the United States is a magical place. Here, backyards butt up against ancient forests, waterfalls, and glacier-capped volcanoes. Bald eagles circle over organic coffee shops, and coastal residents text each other when a whale pod swims through the local channel.

The Water Takes Many Forms

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

Behind the Thunder

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

Bareback

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 knoc...

You Ask about Poetry

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 abo...

The Power of Solitude

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

My lonely cabin was like my mind, a prison cell full of screeching monkeys. No equilibrium anywhere. Although I was alone, there was no solitude.

Without Knowing

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 m...

Turn Around

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It was in a dream in my sixtieth year that I realized that for all my efforts to protect my inwardness from a brutal world, my inwardness is the sourc...

In the Interior

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This poem speaks to a lifelong journey with my oldest friend Robert. We have known each other for close to thirty years. In the Interior When you le...

The Irrational Fear of Being Alone

Susan Winter | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Susan Winter

We've been told through movies, music and literature that we're incomplete if we're alone. Only the presence of "another" can alleviate the void we feel inside and make us feel whole. In actuality, we feel the void when we're not aligned with ourselves.

For My Brother

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

During my father's slow avalanche to death, my brother was a tireless advocate on his behalf, a bodhisattva in the way he cleared debris and made things easier for everyone around him. I was in a plane over the Pacific Ocean when I finally wrote this poem for him.

The Murmur of Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

That our heart can receive and hold anything and that we feel that the intensity of living is too much to bear is a paradox we can only live into. Under what is both unbearable and endlessly uplifting is the murmur of life.

Out of the Way

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Kindness and suffering are wordless teachers, ready to bend us and soften us until we accept that we are here; that, try as we will, we can't build our way out of existence or dream our way out of being human. Once opened in this way, we come to realize that the only way out is to love being here.

The Dilation of What Seems Ordinary

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The normal way we meet the world is full of bumps and bruises and noise that scratches up the heart. And yet, if we can endure and lean in, we are widened and opened to a depth that weaves the tissue of the Universe together.

Heartwood

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

An old friend died several years ago. At the time, I wrote this poem. I still can't delete his phone number from my contact list. To do so would seem so final, but I also still feel in contact with him.

Teamwork In Business Is Overrated

Jennifer Dziura | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Jennifer Dziura

I've talked a lot about our obsession with teamwork (and its dark shadow, totally unnecessary consensus), but also the WASPy, milquetoast way people speak in corporate America. Sometimes, "collaboration" is just another word for shared incompetence.