The Journey to Here

I’m excited to share my new book, The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, which was published July 19. Retrieving this book has made me a better person. I share my story and the stories of others as examples, not instructions. For everyone has to uncover the lessons of [Read More…]

Touching the Water with Mark Nepo

I’m excited to share my new book, The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, which will be published July 19. Retrieving this book has made me a better person. I share my story and the stories of others as examples, not instructions. For everyone has to uncover the lessons [Read More…]

Two Kinds of Work

I’m excited to share my new book, The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, which will be published July 19. Retrieving this book has made me a better person. I share my story and the stories of others as examples, not instructions. For everyone has to uncover the lessons [Read More…]

When We Set Out

My father has been with me since his death, speaking to me through the things he did, the things he built, the things he loved. So when someone recently asked, “Which should we listen to, our soul or our will,” I suddenly remembered my father teaching me how to steer the thirty-foot sailboat he built [Read More…]

Meeting Life

When we can still ourselves, our heart will sink —of its own weight—below the noise of the world, the advice of others, and even our own expectations. Once that still, our mind can relax and we have the chance to inhale what matters. This is how we practice meeting life. So when losing track of [Read More…]

The Power of Holding

A rheumatologist at a workshop at the Cleveland Clinic spoke of a twenty-one-year-old woman she was treating who was dying of cancer. The medical team caring for her was running out of treatment options and the sight of this young woman withering was weighing on everyone. On a sun-filled September day near the end, the [Read More…]

For Orlando

The tragic murder of all these young, beautiful beings in Orlando makes all the talk of love and fear, of guns and protection, of sameness and difference urgent and real. Only the diverse forms of a nature survive and even more, thrive. And so, we are at a crossroads in the human journey. At the [Read More…]

Everyone Has a Gift

Each person is born with a gift. Our call is to find it and care for it. The ultimate purpose of the gift is to exercise the heart into inhabiting its aliveness. For the covenant of life is not just to stay alive, but to stay in our aliveness. And staying in aliveness depends on [Read More…]

Shaped by Life

My dear father, Morris Nepo, died three years ago at the age of ninety-three. He was at his strongest and happiest when working with wood, when building things. In his basement workshop, no one could suppress his love of life and his insatiable creativity. I learned a great deal from him, though I can see [Read More…]

The Sway of It All

THE SWAY OF IT ALL   And so I lift my face from the mud, the mud of my past, the mud of history, the thick and ragged bark of how we think everyone but our own darkness is the enemy, I lift my face like a worn planet spinning on itself to get back [Read More…]


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