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Reflections

Beyond Measure

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life waits irrepressibly under all the clouds that come and go. This happens within us as well as in the world. This poem speaks to our need to be where we are.

On Retreat

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's humbling how fear can rearrange our eyes. This piece describes a personal example of this.

Learning to Let Go

Stephanie Harper | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

Letting go is never easy. It can be painful and complicated and an ongoing process. But, if I can let go of some of the things that hold me back and weigh me down, I might just find that I can float out here in this big world all on my own.

Nectar

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Life tries to lure us into the open, the way sunlight opens a flower after a storm. This poem explores the life-force that calls to us. Nectar Like ...

Stuff I Didn't Know About Adulthood Until I Got Here

Tiffany Beveridge | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Beveridge

Grownups get mad at kids for making messes, but nobody makes bigger messes than grownups.

My Father's Spirit Left His Body

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Atria published my new book of spiritual inquiry, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be. It's a journey that explores the ...

Reflections on Building a Resilient Self

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza

I share this letter because as part of the resiliency building process, I have built a network of support. That support has led me to find peace within and to realize all the good that came from the relationship I built and rebuilt with my mother.

The Fifth Element

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I admit I've known the lift of the beatific ocean of Spirit and the crash of the world's great wave. And no matter what is taken away, I try to accept everything as a blessing. I try to put down my mask and sword and keep entering life.

The Courage Not to Waste Our Gifts

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Every single being has an amazing, unfathomable gift that only meeting life head-on and heart-on will reveal. And we can't fully know our gift alone. We need each other to discover the gift, to believe in the gift.

Jupiter and the Bee

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

No matter how often we fall, the gift of wakeful effort allows us to find our way back to what is heartening and affirming, without denying the suffer...

Gentleness

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The sweet blind boy tells everyone who asks that the heart wakes slowly, and only our gentleness -- our willingness to sink into the depth of things and wait -- will let us see and make our way.

Aslan and the White Witch

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This passage speaks to the turning points of resilience that are always near. Aslan and the White Witch We always have the choice to be one who affi...

A Dream We're Close to Living

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This passage explores a different sense of destiny. A Dream We're Close to Living I was given an insight when young, which arrived one day in...

Fox Reflections: What Does The Fox See?

Roeselien Raimond | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts
Roeselien Raimond

Foxes don't seem to swim an awful lot. Suspiciously often I see them standing along the waterfront, though. So the question is....what are they doing ...

The Practice of Courage

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

From the outside, being courageous seems a monumental canyon to cross, but inside the opened depth of any situation, it begins with a single step. Th...

Being the Part, Feeling the Whole

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Since we're each a living part in a living Whole, one challenging art in being human is to live out our particular life while comprehending the Whole....

Saying Yes to Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.15.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We all film the heart and we all polish the heart. We all move between these points of wakefulness and weariness. All the while, the resources of life wait like a great sea to cleanse us. This is why we polish the heart into a mirror -- to open and touch the place within us where all life lives, where all hearts feel, where all things resound through the inlet of our soul.

A Step to Addressing Race and Building Trust After Ferguson

Patience B. Peabody | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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 10.25.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 09.28.2014 | 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 ...