The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be [NOOK Book]

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As a poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than thirty years. In his new book, the #1 New York Times bestselling author explores how the soul works in the world.

Called ?one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,? this beloved teacher explores what it means to become our truest self through the ongoing ...
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The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be

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Overview

As a poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than thirty years. In his new book, the #1 New York Times bestselling author explores how the soul works in the world.

Called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” this beloved teacher explores what it means to become our truest self through the ongoing and timeless journey of awakening to the dynamic wholeness of life, which is messy and unpredictable.

Nepo navigates some of the soul’s deepest and most ancient questions, such as: What does it mean to inhabit the world? How do we stay vital and buoyant amid the storms of life? What is the secret to coming alive? Nepo affirms that not only is the soul’s journey inevitable, it is essential to our survival. The human journey is how the force of life grows us, and no matter where we go we can’t escape this foundational truth: What’s in the way is the way. As Nepo writes, “The point of experience is not to escape life but to live it.”

Featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday program, Nepo’s Seven Thousand Ways to Listen has inspired millions of people to redefine themselves in the face of life’s challenges. Comforting, moving, and spiritually practical, The Endless Practice is filled with universal insights and stories woven with guidance and practice, which will bring the reader closer to living life to the fullest.
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"Every single being has an amazing, unfathomable gift that only meeting head-on will reveal."-Mark Nepo. The author behind those words possesses the rare gift of inspiration. As a cancer survivor, a poet, and a spiritual writer, Mark Nepo has touched millions of hearts and minds, most famously Oprah Winfrey who named his Book of Awakening as one of her Ultimate Favorite Things. The Endless Practice probes some of life's core questions without trespassing into pedantry. Nepo's clear intent is to aid readers in the endless journey that we all experience in different, sometimes unpredictable ways. A gentle tutorial on becoming truly ourselves.

Publishers Weekly
07/14/2014
Nepo (The Book of Awakening) writes reflectively and poetically about the lifelong spiritual journey. His tone is ruminative and intimate, as he draws from his own experience—he is a cancer survivor, which has powerfully shaped his life—but also adds poetry, bits and pieces of facts and musings, all strung together by his searching mind. The effect is like reading a journal, though a finely honed one. His perspective is a mature one, allowing him to sift through his years of life and a variety of spiritual readings to find meaning in life events. This book is not for everyone; those who prefer more structured spiritual seeking will find woolly passages (“the pilgrimage of the heart exhausts our argument with life so we can enter the realm where all things are true”) that others will see as insightful and poetic. Older readers at the stock-taking stage of life will find this exploration of life’s big questions especially congenial. Mystics will delight. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME. (Aug.)
Spirituality & Practice
"Mark Nepo’s The Endless Practice is the kind of spiritual book you will want to read slowly so that the wisdom and the epiphanies can simmer in your consciousness."
Elizabeth Lesser
“Navigational tips for the journey—ways to grow and expand, ways of handling mess and sorrow, and ways of finding love and beauty and joy. The Endless Practice brings Mark Nepo’s many years of teaching and writing and musing into one potent offering. I recommend it heartily.”
Kris Carr
“In The Endless Practice, Mark Nepo is a kind friend, sage mentor, and curious fellow journeyer, walking alongside us as he observes the magnificent complexities of the human experience. The notion of an endless practice gives us hope and encouragement—that even when we trip, struggle, grieve, or feel lost, we have an opportunity to expand, and that it’s through this lived experience, with all its ups and downs, that we come closer to the heart of who we were born to be."
Steven Tyler
“In his deep understanding of our complicated lives, Mark Nepo says, “Love the task and work the light.” I’ve done this ten thousand times as the curtain lifted on stage, never thinking to try to live that way after the curtain dropped, in my everyday life. It wasn’t until I fought my addiction and won that I realized I was in my own way, and until I put something else in front of me, the life I wanted wouldn’t show up. And then one day, along with all the blessings I received, I picked up a copy of The Book of Awakening. And fourteen years later, I’m on my third copy, because as I read each day I underscore and leave my own notes. But the journey ain’t over as Mark’s new book, The Endless Practice, is yet another candle to light our understanding along the spiritual path called Life.”
Jamie Lee Curtis
“I have spent my life searching for the reason I was born. I think anyone in middle age does. Mark Nepo has been my guide in the quest. Simple and yet wildly profound, his words of clarity and, most importantly, connection, his ideas and suggestions, are ones I inculcate and metabolize daily.”
Tosha Silver
“This book held me in its warm embrace. Mark is a true poet of the soul, using fresh, vivid language to capture realities that are too often cast as mere cliches. What a blessing!”
Jack Kornfield author of A Path With Heart
“A poetic and marvelous invitation into presence and love. Let this book quiet your mind and open your heart, and help you live from the rhythms of your soul.”
Arielle Ford
“Mark Nepo has created and encoded a work of wisdom, love, truth and beauty. Reading his words will open your heart, expand your mind, and nourish your soul. Just holding this book shifted me into a state of grace.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476774671
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 77,356
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher, and author of fifteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Mark has appeared several times with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV) and has been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. He lives in southwest Michigan. Visit him online at MarkNepo.com and ThreeIntentions.com.
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