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The word

It’s the word we can’t shake.

It’s the word we can’t define.

It’s the word that’s in us.

It’s the word that is us.

It’s the word that’s too good to be true. So true that it’s easy to miss because we live, move, and have our being in it.

It’s the question.

It’s the answer.

It’s the joke.

It’s the drama.

It’s the story.

It’s the plot.

It’s the feeling.

It’s the flow.

It’s the aroma.

It’s the show.

It’s the rhythm.

It’s the rhyme.

It’s the tempo and the meaning of our time.

It’s not so much the word that we see. It’s the word by which we see.

It’s the word that whispers to you in sunsets.

It’s the word that pulls your gaze towards the ever-expanding cosmos.

It’s the word that the universe is up to.

It’s the word that gets you out of bed.

It’s the word that keeps you breathing even when forget you’re doing so.

In the begging was this word.

Since the beginning, it has been this word.

In the end, it will be this word.

Welcome to love.

There’s never been a millisecond it hasn’t had its eyes on you.

There’s never been a moment it hasn’t been waiting for you to ask it to dance.

And there’s never been a day it hasn’t been for you, with you, ahead of you, next to you, and within you.

All there’s left to do is enjoy.

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Drinking from the River of Light with Mark Nepo // New Podcast Interview

Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Timesbestseller The Book of Awakening.  Beloved 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.  A bestselling author, he has published twenty books and recorded fourteen audio projects.  In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation.  And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity.

On September 2, 2019, he released his latest book Drinking from the River of Light.

Now available for streaming or downloading below.

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It’s subtle…

…and so easy to miss.

The steam rising from the coffee in your hands…

…the curious wonder in your child’s eye.

The inhale that’s never missed following up your exhale…

…the smile from a stranger that peels away your label of ‘strange’.

Most will settle today for a drama they think they’ve been cast for. They will drink and drink of gossip, blame until their blue in the face, become the victim at any cost and live into the belief that it’s all going to hell in a handbasket.

What if heaven is at our fingertips?

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August 21, 1999

Think back twenty years ago.

Think about how you saw yourself, the world, your relationships, your dreams, and so forth.

Personally, almost every fact that I held so dearly twenty years ago now feels more like the dandelions children act like they own and then watch in awe as the wind takes them away.

All of the notes I’ve taken lead me to know two things: 1) There are fewer rules than we were taught. And 2) The languages that are used to explain things to us are far less useful than the actual languages that can speak and communicate to life, relationships, love, faith, and vocation.

If you’re going to ask anything of yourself today, ask for your heart to be expanded. Ask for the capacity to behold something far more mysterious and beautiful than you have ever imagined. “Taste and see” are words of experience, not of explanation.

Naturally, as the vase of your heart expands the garden of life blooms and blooms and blooms and blooms to fill the container.

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What we seek, we find.

So the question is, “What are we seeking?”

Unity or uniformity?

Meaning or money?

Connection or correctness?

Symphony or cynicism?

Banquets or battles?

Only a mindset that is empowered from the heart space will be able to grasp the peace available here that eventually surpasses our ego’s need to understand.

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