More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World

More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World

by Mark Nepo


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The #1 New York Times bestselling author and popular spiritual teacher presents a poignant and timely meditation on the importance of community, and demonstrates how we live more enriching lives by cultivating connectedness.

At once a moving meditation and an empowering guide, More Together Than Alone is an compelling testament to the power of community and why it’s so essential in our lives, now more than ever. Mark Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual thought leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts.

Nepo’s historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times, and gets to the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another.

Featuring thought-provoking analysis and practical takeaways, More Together Than Alone will help us inhabit a stronger sense of togetherness where we live and in the world so we can achieve our highest potential, as individuals, and as communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501167836
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mark Nepo is the author of twenty books, including Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, The Endless Practice, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Mark traveled the country with Oprah Winfrey on her sold-out 2014 “The Life You Want” tour and has appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV). He lives in southwest Michigan. Visit him online at and

Table of Contents

We Can Find Each Other xiii

We Are They xvii

From I To We

Life Around the Fire 5

The Unfinished Painting 11

The Aspen Grove 15

Notions of Community 18

Bonds That Last 21

Little Raft, Big Raft 26

Keeping Each Other Company 30

An Exercise in Faithfulness 35

Cooperation or Resistance 38

Just Take a Pebble 40

Questions to Live With 44

Islands in Time

The Two Tribes 51

Hospitality 53

Of Two Minds 59

Fairness 64

Living in Fear and Scarcity 66

The Migration of Care 70

Whole-Mind Thinking 73

Learning Together 77

From One to Another 82

Entrainments of Heart 86

Our Struggle and Possibility 91

Questions to Live With 96

Centers of Light

Voices of the World 103

The Seeds of Our Nature 106

The Chamber of Time 110

Seat of the Muses 113

Clearings for Renewal 117

Where We Meet 121

The Forest Community 125

Without Ever Pushing 128

The Web of Knowing 132

A Common Song 135

Larger Than Ourselves 139

Questions to Live With 141

With and Against Community

Carrying the Water 147

Unraveling the Knots 152

Bending or Loving the World 157

The Courage to Take Others In 162

Putting Down the Brick 165

Removing the Oldest Wall 170

Blind Travelers 173

About to Wake 176

Grown over Centuries 181

Building Things Together 185

Questions to Live With 190

How We Meet Adversity

Beginning Again 197

The Bell of Nagasaki 200

The Road Before the Temple 203

Helping Each Other Up 208

Let the Trauma Speak 212

When to Stand Up 217

Facing Evil 222

In the Middle of the Storm 228

Turning Fire into Light 233

Reclaiming Our Humanity 237

Questions to Live With 242

Our Interests Are the Same

When We Understand 249

Our Global Body 254

If Another World Is Possible 257

The Seeing Place 262

Questions to Live With 265

The Peacemakers 267

Eight Worldviews and Practices 270

The Highest Ethic 276

A Small Boy 280

Online Community Guide 285

Suggested Reading and Films 287

Gratitudes 293

Permissions 295

Notes 297

Index 325

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