Our Struggle and Possibility

Read Mark Nepo’s timely Op-Ed.

Like everyone, I am deeply disturbed by the epidemic of violence in our nation. It is a heartbreaking sign of our age. [Read more…]

Mark Nepo’s New Video Blog (“Vlog”) – Inside the Miracle – Letting Pain And Fear Through

Mark Nepo shares an excerpt from his new book Inside the Miracle, welcomes us into the process by which he wrote it, and offers us a simple spiritual practice to help us navigate the pain and fear that inevitably touch our lives. [Read more…]

Just a Glimpse

On a sunny day on a visit to Seattle, I woke heavy-hearted, as the clouds in my head made me feel cold. Susan said, “Let’s go for a walk.” We ambled down University Street toward the harbor. Crossing Third Ave, she spotted the top of an enormous Ferris wheel poking above the buildings blocks away [Read More…]

Knocked Off Our Horse

Saul of Tarsus was an intransigent Roman citizen, zealous in his persecution of early Christians in the first century. At the height of his fervor, Saul was blinded and knocked from his horse by a visitation from Jesus, who appeared in a bright light. After three days, he regained his sight and rose to find [Read More…]

Striving Just to Be

My wife, Susan, is a potter. When she was first learning to center clay on the potter’s wheel, it was very difficult. This is a threshold all potters have to cross. Centering clay looks fluid and easy, but you have to allow your center of gravity to move into your hands. The pace of your [Read More…]

Asking for Our Turn

Karen’s father never listened to her. When her college friend, Iris, came home for Thanksgiving to meet her family, Karen’s father began to drift away from their conversation as he always did, dismissing both of them. But Iris immediately said, “Mr. Hollins, we’re here, please.” This awkward call from Iris broke a dark custom between [Read More…]

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…]


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