THE BOOK OF AWAKENING MARK NEPO

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Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy--an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness-- that is. Editorial Reviews. sufrezhusigbe.ga Review. The time when we walk in the shadow of death is, Mark Nepo's Book of Awakening Audio and Finding Inner Courage Audio. Simon&Schuster. Next page. Upload your video. VIDEOS. SHARE. The Book of Awakening book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new.


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PRAISE FOR. The Book of Awakening. “Mark Nepo is an astonishing poet and teacher. He generously comforts us while guiding us toward. The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Mark Nepo wrote the book more than a decade ago, in response to his. The Book Of Awakening: Having The Life You Want By Being Present To The Life You Have. CONARI IMPRINT, RED WHEEL/WEISER, BOSTON, MA, MAY.

Each day Mark provides you with something to ponder indepth. He has a profound gift for leaving loveprints upon your soul with language that When was the last time that you were totally awed by a particular book?

He has a profound gift for leaving loveprints upon your soul with language that touches your very being. I've highlighted, circled, underlined, and have left my copy well-worn and totally embraced.

Mark knows the uncertainties of life and he shares and shares with a dialog found nowhere else in time.

Highly, highly recommend. View all 5 comments. Jul 30, Mary Schumann rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I really like this book. I am reviewing a copy from the library, but will make a download. It's a daily meditation, the author gives a short quote or thought, then a deeper exploration of the meaning of that quote, and follows it with an exercise to do on your own, if you wish.

My perception of it so far is that it simply changes the angle at which you see things and opens your eyes to a new way of approaching your life or your thoughts.

It doesn't INSTRUCT you to think in any particular way, but rather poses a question or gives an example that you can apply to your particular situation.

It helps guide mindfulness. I hesitated to put that in as a description because it may turn some people off, but it's a practical tool to being aware of your life. Sometimes we just need a different perspective on things. I can see that this book would not lose it's usefulness after 1 year because as your life changes the exercises and meditations naturally will follow. View 1 comment. Jul 31, Susan rated it it was amazing. I found each daily entry thought provoking and inspiring.

Mark Nepo's book is balanced and creatively written with great reflective questions.

He gently nudges you to become more aware, awake and present. His book touched me deeply by his simple storytelling "awakening" a sense of longing for better living and connection within me.

The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

Daily reads take minutes, are filled with great quotes, subtle humor and a touch of mysticism. Wholesome soul food at its best. Apr 26, Debbie "DJ" rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is by far the best daily reader I have ever read. I no longer have a stack of meditation books, as this surpasses them all. So far each daily read has left me with a sense of "WOW!

He also includes a short meditation after each read which carry the message even further. You will be amazed I love this book! Jan 12, Doubledf This book was giving to me upon my release from the hospital, was bedridden for months, the book really came in handy going through that and the chemo phases, definitely helped me through some trying times and just coping with what was going on.

And still read it from time to time. View 2 comments. Aug 29, Amy added it. I want to add a word of caution to my previous remarks.

The entry for February 20 in this book, titled, "Nicodemus and the Truth" is not what I would consider anti-Semitic writing, but as a Jew it really bothers me to read it in a book that seemed to be more openminded about different cultures and religious faiths. In the story Nicodemus is a Pharisee who secretly visits and believes in Jesus, but doesn't acknowledge it in public.

So it says Nicodemus was "traumatically thwarted and plagued for the rest of his days.

I agree with the general point that we need to honor what we know to be true, but it's offensive to make that point in a context that singles out a Jew publicly denying Jesus. There are other days in this book where the author uses fine quotes from Jewish sources, as well as other sources, to illustrate a focus for that day, so I don't think the author intended to exclude Jews from those he considers to be people who honor truth.

At the same time I am disappointed and very put off by the apparent lack of historical awareness about the suffering caused by this kind of storytelling.

This is in serious conflict with the purpose of the book, to promote awakening and being present to life. I did find many of the other entries helpful to read, day by day, over the course of an entire year. Sometimes I tired of the writing style, when it began to sound like too many self-help books, but that was outweighed by the spiritual insights the author shared from his own personal struggles and growth.

I like the entry for Jan.

It tells about a friend who stubbornly tried to carry so much house painting gear through a door that he fell down covered in paint. I have put books onto various shelves of my imaginary GoodReads library, and counting. I need to put down many things, so I can get through the threshold of the here and now. Perhaps reviewing a lifetime of reading is a way of setting books down, to be able to walk through a door. Only a few things need to be carried through the door of the present moment.

I was thinking of it as more like a road that passed certain books on the way, as if those books were places on a map.

And maybe it's useful to leave a map that shows ditches and dead ends as well as good routes. Why read if we don't communicate about it with others? I love libraries, but I wouldn't like them if I was not free to go in and out of the doors there. And I wouldn't want my own library to crowd out all the living space in my home. I was drawn to this virtual library because I prefer to get most of my books at the public library - and not keep too many at home.

On the other hand, I love to check out tons of books and I love remembering and shelving them on this virtual list where I can see them and the patterns between them. Is it hoarding? It can be a form of hoarding. On the other hand, the urge to make libraries and share reading with other people is a wonderful door. Jan 13, Kim Stalling rated it really liked it.

Some days, the message is exactly what I need. Earlier this week, I was feeling very insecure about some career issues and wishing I were a bit like others. There was a story about a man Akiba - I believe who was sorry he wasn't living his life like Moses.

The message reminded us, God wants us to live our lives as ourselves, not as someone else. It was exactly what I needed to remember at that moment. Nov 19, John Girard rated it it was amazing. An exquisite book of daily meditations.

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One of my very favorites. Jul 28, Roman Stadtler rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nepo is a wonderful poet and storyteller, so don't let the "self-help" title turn you off. These short vignettes of his experiences of loss, of his own cancer, and lighter moments, contain all sorts of wisdom and surprising little moments of self recognition. I've given this book as a gift many times, and keep returning to it myself.

One of those books I'd want on the proverbial deserted isle. Merged review: Nepo is a wonderful poet and storyteller, so don't let the "self-help" title turn you off Nepo is a wonderful poet and storyteller, so don't let the "self-help" title turn you off.

Recommended for: This is a kind of daily reflection 'Bible' for me and almost always 'primes the pump' when it comes to personal reflection as well as an incentive for my own writing. Mark Nepo is a cancer survivor which was his 'hitting bottom' so to speak and part of his transformational experience.

The book of awakening

Nepo is also able to effectively combine the spirituality of the world, embracing so many branches, from Christianity to Buddhism, Hinduism and much more in his personal and thoughtful year of daily reflections. Th This is a kind of daily reflection 'Bible' for me and almost always 'primes the pump' when it comes to personal reflection as well as an incentive for my own writing.

The author concludes each reflection with a way to 'practice' it and work it into ones daily walk. I own and have used MANY varieties of daily reflection books that encourage me, but none that goes as deeply and practically as this one. Reading this daily. Each reading gives such a window to a deeper, richer, examined life. Nepo is a gifted writer who has really taken this journey.

Grateful for his insight which helps Improve mine. I was so stubborn. I had the door almost open when I lost my grip, stumbled backwards, and wound up on the ground, red gallons all over me.

I thought of his little story the whole way home. Amazingly, we all do this, whether with groceries or paint or with the stories we feel determined to share. We do this with our love, with our sense of truth, even with our pain. Time and time again, we are offered the chance to truly learn this: we cannot hold on to things and enter. We must put down what we carry, open the door, and then take up only what we need to bring inside.

It is a basic human sequence: gather, prepare, put down, enter. But failing as we do, we always have that second chance: to learn how to fall, get up, and laugh. Meditate on some threshold you are having trouble crossing in your life.

It might be at work, at home, in a relationship, or the doorway to greater peace. Breathe steadily and look to yourself to see if you are carrying too much to open the door. Breathe slowly and with each out-breath put the things you are carrying down. Breathe freely now and open the door.

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher, a life-long teacher, and a program officer for the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a nonprofit foundation devoted to wholeness of mind, body, and spirit. He is a cancer survivor who is convinced that daybooks should be seen as "a spiritual sonnet of our age, a sturdy container for small doses of what matters.

Jack Kornfield, a Buddhist, has stated, "Enlightenment is intimacy with all things. I was impressed with the author's ethical insights. Here are a few examples: "The greedy one gathered all the cherries, while the simple one tasted all the cherries in one. His poetic gift shows through on every page, and his own courageous journey from near-death to new life breathes truth into every word he writes.

This book is a gift of love. Open the gift—and open yourself to it—and you, like I, will be filled with gratitude and graced with renewal.

I agree with the general point that we need to honor what we know to be true, but it's offensive to make that point in a context that singles out a Jew publicly denying Jesus. There are other days in this book where the author uses fine quotes from Jewish sources, as well as other sources, to illustrate a focus for that day, so I don't think the author intended to exclude Jews from those he considers to be people who honor truth.

At the same time I am disappointed and very put off by the apparent lack of historical awareness about the suffering caused by this kind of storytelling. This is in serious conflict with the purpose of the book, to promote awakening and being present to life. I did find many of the other entries helpful to read, day by day, over the course of an entire year. Sometimes I tired of the writing style, when it began to sound like too many self-help books, but that was outweighed by the spiritual insights the author shared from his own personal struggles and growth.

I like the entry for Jan.

It tells about a friend who stubbornly tried to carry so much house painting gear through a door that he fell down covered in paint.Although this daybook is exactly what Nepo longed for as he struggled with a difficult disease, it can be appreciated by all readers. I need to make a shelf for the books that I want to own one day.

Encompassing many traditions and voices, Nepo's words offer insight on pain, wonder, and love. It helps guide mindfulness. It ushers us into grateful living. I find myself remembering the reading thoughout the day.