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Staying Awake: The Ordinary Art
     

Staying Awake: The Ordinary Art

by Mark Nepo
 

Most of us can remember a time when we felt completely awake fully present, deeply engaged, our heart and mind wide open. We also know those periods of sleepiness when our purpose is unclear, we lose our way in relationship, and life s challenges seem more than we can bear. In Staying Awake, Mark Nepo invites us to inhabit our truest selves in all ways in

Overview

Most of us can remember a time when we felt completely awake fully present, deeply engaged, our heart and mind wide open. We also know those periods of sleepiness when our purpose is unclear, we lose our way in relationship, and life s challenges seem more than we can bear. In Staying Awake, Mark Nepo invites us to inhabit our truest selves in all ways in all directions, as we find our own voices in the One Conversation in which each of our lives is a story waiting to be told.

With a poet s keen view of the vast and often hidden territory of the inner life, Mark Nepo talks directly about what a gift it is to be here and about the resources that the mysteries of being and experience reveal. Informed by his journey through cancer, he explores the lessons brought to us by the press of love and suffering. For each of us is born awake and yet it takes courage to stay awake, to remember that all we encounter is real.

Sharing his own rich poetry along with the inspired writing of luminaries across generations, Nepo guides us in the central practice of staying awake: to be who we are, no matter what we face, and to enter our days and moments to the fullest. We do this, he teaches, by holding nothing back by bringing all of who we are to every situation, enlivening our connection with everything life has to offer. Using teaching stories and a series of exercises and reflections, Nepo invites us to listen to our own stories and to find our own wisdom.

We are stronger, gentler, more resilient, and more beautiful than any of us imagine, teaches Mark Nepo. Staying Awake is his offering to all of us who seek the love of truth and the truth of love that help us live.

Highlights:

* The direct tasting of life
* The unwanted guest and what it asks of us
* The deep listener, the deep speaker, and the deep questioner within
* Metaphor and whole-mind thinking
* The gifts of paradox
* The risk to be present
* The reliable truths that never change
* Nine hours of poetry, story, exercises, and explorations for practicing the ordinary art of staying awake

"Mark Nepo is a wise, brilliant, humble, and imaginative guide to matters of the heart and the soul. (In) this Sounds True Audio Learning Course the poet, philosopher, and bestselling author delivers a multidimensional and masterful probe on the art of staying awake, being present, and holding nothing back."

-Spirituality & Practice

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From the Publisher
Mark Nepo is a wise, brilliant, humble, and imaginative guide to matters of the heart and the soul. (In) this Sounds True Audio Learning Course the poet, philosopher, and bestselling author delivers a multidimensional and masterful probe on the art of staying awake, being present, and holding nothing back.

—Spirituality & Practice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604076660
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 35 years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published 13 books and recorded eight audio projects. Mark has been interviewed twice by Oprah Winfrey as part of her Soul Series radio show, and was interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. Mark's work is widely accessible and used in spiritual retreats, healing and medical communities, and more. His work has been translated into 20 languages, and he continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats.

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