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Reflections

Saying Yes to Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 a...

Polishing the Heart

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

A Step to Addressing Race and Building Trust After Ferguson

Patience B. Peabody | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Patience B. Peabody

I believe that having hard conversations is hard because we haven't put ignorance in its proper place. Ignorance has become synonymous with choice and that's not always true. If I can't ask an ignorant question, how will I become enlightened to the truth?

Our Journey on Earth

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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 ...

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 ...

The Remarkable Secret of Reflection

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamelle Sanders

Reflection gives me the opportunity to slow down and enjoy life's greatest moments. So as I celebrate another birthday, I am blessed to be living on purpose, gaining new wisdom and embracing the joy of the journey.

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 ...

For Nine-Week-Old Mira

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.13.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 ...

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 ...

Reflections of a Life Not Lived

Natalie Thomas | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Natalie Thomas

What is it in life that leads us to one decision over another? And why is it often the "wrong" one?

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...

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...

Take A Moment To Sit In Stillness

Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

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.