Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

by Mark Nepo

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Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness by Mark Nepo

Many are familiar with teacher and poet Mark Nepo's books on inner transformation, relationship, and the
emergence of purpose in our lives. But less well-known is the journey that shaped his vision as a teacher
that began in 1987 when he was diagnosed with cancer. The revelations during that time would inform
every dimension of his work to follow.

With Inside the Miracle, Mark Nepo shares what he discovered along this challenging terrain, and the
insights most essential to those of us who now find ourselves there. The lessons and stories here are for
all of us, ill or not, when the inevitable question arises: How do we move through an overwhelming
crisis—whether from physical illness, grief, or a major life change—into the rest of our lives?

This offering presents in its entirety Nepo's 1994 literary gem Acre of Light, written shortly after his
recovery. Here, he expands and enriches its themes with new poems, essays, and teachings gathered in the
decades since. Throughout, Mark includes compelling questions and exercises from his popular
workshops, to invite us to personalize the experience.

What emerges is a reading companion to be explored in many ways: as a memoir, as a “survival kit” of
wisdom and verse that helped Mark during his own journey, and as a conversation to spark our own
contemplation, journaling, and discovery.

“To live in wonder on the other side of suffering and disappointment,” reflects Mark Nepo, “is to know how
magnificent and fragile it is to be here at all.” Inside the Miracle calls us to leap into our lives with  
tenderness and courage, so we can fully inhabit the miraculous moments that await us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622035427
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

MARK NEPO is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for more than 40 years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published 15 books including Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (Atria, 2012), which won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award. Mark devotes his work to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. He lives in Michigan. For more, visit

Table of Contents

Upon Seeking Tu Fu as a Guide xi

To My Reader xiii

Enduring Suffering

God, Self, and Medicine 4

Willfulness 12

In Voices Half as Loud 15

Tu Fu's Reappearance 19

Without Notice 20

The Waiting Room 21

Endgame 22

Questions to Walk With 23

A Terrible Knowledge 25

October Storm 35

Post-Op 37

Setting Fires in the Rain 39

The Decision for Therapy 40

Questions to Walk With 42

Ocean of Sky 44

For My Brother 45

Covenant with Time 46

As Rachel Wakes 47

Dance of the Seed 48

A Sacred Meditation 55

Questions to Walk With 58

Messenger Signs 60

Where We Are Strong 62

As If to Say 63

Finding a Way Out 64

Questions to Walk With 65

Approaching Wholeness

Troubled Waters 70

Knowing God 85

The Garage 86

Living with the Wound 89

Questions to Walk With 91

Mind Sweats 93

First Treatment 95

Cradlesong 96

Lifesong with Two Trumpets 98

Letter Home 101

Who Will Live Your Life? 104

Questions to Walk With 113

Midway in Our journey 115

Magnificence 116

Another Chance 117

Nesting 118

I Have Not Forgotten 119

On My Way 120

Questions to Walk With 121

Facing the River 122

Being Human 123

As Moonlight 124

In the Back of the Eye 126

In the Sea of Others 127

Moonglow 128

Chores 129

Questions to Walk With 134

Still Here, Still Wondering

Unraveling the Self 140

Cracked or Healing 145

For Nur 147

Love-Sufferings 149

Soft as Satisfaction 151

Letting Go 152

Inside the Miracle 154

Questions to Walk With 156

Sifting Truth 157

Susan Means Lily 168

Sitting Near a Smoke Bush 170

Sniffing For You 172

Forged 173

It 174

Surviving Has Made Me Crazy 176

For That 178

Questions to Walk With 181

Flint Work 183

Entering Our Tenth Year 195

Coming of Age 196

After Mira 197

Still 199

What Can I Do? 201

Love Your Window 202

Hourglass 203

Questions to Walk With 205

The Bridge of Weil-Being 207

Adrift 217

The Beauty of Less 218

Between the Wall and the Flame 219

Eventually 221

Thrown Back 222

The Slow Arm of All That Matters 223

The Thin Magic 224

In the Sky of Heart 225

The Sway of It All 226

Gratitudes 227

Notes 229

Permissions 235

About the Author 237

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