I’m excited to be joined by Mark Nepo this Sunday, March 29th for a dialogue we’ve titled The Practice of Being Human: Seeing with New Eyes in the Best and Worst of Times. I’m especially grateful and touched because this will be Beyond Awakening’s 100th episode, and Mark epitomizes the kind of teacher and thought leader who can illuminate the way beyond awakening to transforming the world.
Mark Nepo is beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller. He has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. In 2013, Mark’s Two-Part Interview with Oprah appeared on Super Soul Sunday on OWNTV. In these interviews, Mark discussed the lifelong lessons from his cancer journey twenty-six years ago, and why he believes listening with a full heart is the key to living a vibrant and meaningful life.
Though he has gone deeper than most both as a poet and as a spiritual teacher, he no longer separates these two identities. He considers himself “a student of all paths.” During his cancer journey he gladly accepted help from people of all faiths. If a Catholic priest offered to pray for his healing, he gratefully said yes, even if it was on the heels of having received spiritual support from a native American healer or prayers from his Jewish family members. He now feels called, “to illuminate and praise the common center of all paths” because he feels that every person today needs to develop their own personal practice.
Mark is concerned with the enormous environmental, social and political challenges of our time, but he still believes that the whole human experiment is innately hopeful. He resonates with Vaclav Havel’s way of talking about hope — not “as the belief that things will turn out well, but the conviction that everything will have meaning no matter how it turns out.”
After contemplating the animating question of this series — how can higher consciousness enable humanity to rise to the challenge of our world’s increasingly urgent, complex and intractable crises?— Mark quoted Charles Dickens’ opening to A Tale of Two Cities, saying that our time, like every time, is both “the best of times and the worst of times.”
As one thing intensifies, it all intensifies. He points out that life comes to us whole, not neatly sorted into piles. The joy is inextricably bound to the pain. Somehow being human is just hard enough that we need each other, ensuring the journey of love.
But what we are challenged to do, individually and collectively, Mark says, is simply to really be here, to truly inhabit ourselves. It is only right here that we can find the source of our trust, courage, joy, and compassion.
I’m very happy to be diving into honest conversation with this deep student of the process of walking the human journey of the soul. I hope you’ll join us!
About Mark Nepo
As a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has published fifteen books and recorded nine audio projects. Recent work includes The Endless Practice, Inside the Miracle, his latest book of poems, Reduced to Joy, cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2013, a CD collection of teaching conversations based on the poems in Reduced to Joy, and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, which won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award. He became a number one New York Times bestseller with The Book of Awakening. Mark has appeared several times with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV. He has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. The Exquisite Risk was cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005, calling it “one of the best books we’ve ever read on what it takes to live an authentic life.” Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. He continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, March 29th at 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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The Beyond Awakening Team