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To Cultivate Wonder

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We have only a few seconds to love the wonder out in the open or those we meet will swallow it. Seconds to let this timeless resource come into our knowing so it can save us from the brutality of surface living.

Legacy

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

In the days after my father died, there were many quiet moments and many stories told. It was a small thing my mother said while crying over tea that allowed me to connect these small stories of my great-grandfather, my grandfather and my father. I never realized that they form a legacy I'm a part of.

I've Always Had a Boyfriend and It Isn't Always That Great

Bustle | Posted 04.10.2014 | Women
Bustle

Being a boyfriend girl is astronomically different from being a girl who just so happens to have a boyfriend. Instead of walking around feeling unfailingly awesome about being in a relationship, I spend a lot of time brooding over why I can't seem to exist outside one

The Moon Hears My Confession

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When I remember that I'm one small part in a very complex and numinous Whole, I may feel frustrated but I feel engaged in an ongoing process of aliveness that keeps demanding my cooperation.

Is Your Life Plagued by Loneliness? Tips to Overcome It

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

Life is too short to waste on suffering from core loneliness. Please heed to my suggestion: Open up, take a chance and access the hidden part of you that deserves true and loving companions. Heal your childhood wounds. Learn to love yourself and eliminate loneliness from your life!

Midway in Our Journey

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Part of everyone's journey in life is to arrive at precipice or fork in the road or at the end of a path and to realize we no longer know our way. Hard as this is, this is where the inner journey begins, when all we've carried has served its purpose and now we must burn it for warmth and to see what's next.

Aging

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

My father used to quip that old is always 10 years out from wherever you are. I'm 62 and to think of how old I once thought this was! What I'm learning is that age is not the distance from the beginning of our lives but the distance at any moment from the heart of our aliveness.

Somewhere

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

No matter what we're going through, the opposite is happening somewhere else at the same time. This awareness doesn't minimize our own experience but adds context and medicine to the truth of any given moment, the way a rip in the curtains we have drawn seems like a violation of the privacy we so wanted though it is only letting the light of the world in. This poem tries to understand this paradox.

Next to a Gull

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When in the crucible of a difficult life change, I went to be by the sea, to clear my head, to open my heart, to imagine next steps. What I found was the beauty and resilience of life waiting under my trouble and all trouble. It helped me look beneath my pain and confusion to remember that while what happens when we're alive can be alarming and disappointing, the fact that we're alive is all that matters.

12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 8

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

The Winter Woods: Solitude Sometimes you can feel lonely in a crowd full of people. Other times you might actually be alone. Don't be afraid. Being...

Where the Snow Begins

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

During his last year, my father suffered four strokes and a heart attack. We watched him be yanked back and forth between life and death. This piece was written during this time.

Things Dark and Light

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Without dark and light working together, we'd lose all depth perception and be lost in the flatness of the surface world. Living our story and working with dark and light helps us perceive depth.

I Bow to All

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Sooner or later, just by living, we are reduced to what matters, as so many things we thought were important and irreplaceable are broken or snapped like small branches in a storm. And somehow, we stand taller with less coverings. It is then we begin to feel gratitude, even though it's hard to be grateful for what is difficult.

Leaving

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Leaving and being left is such a painful part of life that it's hard to make sense of its place in a living Universe. This poem is one attempt

On My Way

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

My mother leans on a chair in the kitchen, her heart breaking wider than she ever imagined. How to be without him after sixty-seven years. After all we've been through, I will hold her when I get there.

Freefall

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

If you have one hour of air and many hours to go, you must breathe slowly. If you have one arm's length and many things to care for, you must give freely. If you have one chance to know God and many doubts, you must set your heart on fire.

Approaching Integrity

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We are always approaching integrity, never arriving at it. In working toward a thoroughness of character, we dream of arriving at a state of completeness where who we are and what we do are forever one. We dream of living the rest of our lives this wholly.

Little by Little

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Little by little, we have these glimpses that life is more than any one experience will reveal. It's how we string these glimpses together that opens the window of circumstance. And then we begin to see how the universe is stitched together.

Silence and the Soul

Valerie Harms | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Valerie Harms

Today I was at a meeting where everyone checked their phones and emailed throughout. Grrr. I had lunch with a friend who talked to someone else on the...

After Breakfast

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's no surprise that we lose sight of the things closest to us -- most of all loved ones. But luckily, the tides of experience throw us about, so that we chance to re-see those we love freshly. This poem records such a moment between me and my wife Susan.

Repeatedly We Are Asked

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

While excellence is an admirable and useful reward for our effort in the world, our immersion of heart into whatever we are doing leads us past excellence into the experience of Oneness. This is a hard insight to open.

The Industry of No

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The greatest threshold to an awakened life is the courage to say yes. Not yes to being abused or mistreated, but yes to the authority of your own being which touches on the sea of all being.

Rebecca Perkins: Spend Some Time in Solitude

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 12.15.2013 | Women
Rebecca Perkins

For those of us rarely alone, those of us who give of ourselves to others in our work and our family lives, creating time for solitude can seem like an impossible task.

Reduced to Joy

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I'm coming to understand joy as the all-encompassing moment of full being that can hold all the other more fleeting feelings, like happiness, fear, confusion, worry and anger. Though that sea of full being is always there, always carrying us, we come in and out of our awareness of it.

For Joel at 94

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I wrote this poem a few years ago to honor a friend and mentor of mine, Dr. Joel Elkes, who will be 100 years old this November. He is one of the most wholehearted people I know.