Archives for November 2010

Beauty Amid Thunder

In the exhibit of scrolls from China, I am lost in a river scene when a heavy man with a beard leads a young woman by the hand. Maybe his daughter. She is blind. They stand before a scroll called Clearing After Rain. In a soft whisper, he says “The trees are swaying. The river [Read More…]

Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening is one of Oprah’s 2010 Ultimate Favorite Things!

The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo is a year’s supply of inspirational stories and beautifully written essays that the reader can reflect on in daily doses. “Mark Nepo is a poet,” Oprah says. “He’s an author and a philosopher and has been through two different cancers. So when he writes, he writes purely from [Read More…]

Skip’s Poem

Two deer, fur thickening for winter, nibble at the pines. The taller tugs at some needles and the branch drops snow on its face. It looks old and wise. Were it that easy. Yet this is how it happens. Though the drop of wisdom on our face can take years. The smaller deer licks snow [Read More…]

Kiss Everything on Fire

Everyone keeps stopping me with their urgency. As if the secret of life was written in a corner of their mind and before they could read it, it burst aflame. The first hundred times, I rushed to do their bidding. Then one day, exhausted by my own secrets burning, I stopped running and kissed everything [Read More…]

Pebble in the Stream

Each storm has, like a navel, a hole in its middle through which a gull can fly in silence… —Anonymous, 14th century Japan Who uttered this? What lead them to it? Were they broken in some war, left useless as a cart stripped of its wheels? Did they feel the silence while everyone fought above [Read More…]

Mark Nepo on Teach Now

Listen to Mark in conversation with Jennifer Louden of Teach Now. This is yet another wonderful interview, complete with Mark’s deep authenticity and profound insights. Click here to hear the interview. [Read more…]

Remapping Our Web of Relationship

Nothing stands still. Not us or the Universe we wake in. Everything is shifting—breaking through, growing, blossoming, shedding, turning to mulch, and breaking through again. Our biology teachers were all misled. We can’t know the life of a frog by pinning it to a board. Anymore than we can know the life of a person [Read More…]