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Book Of Awakening 14cd

Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
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Spoken Word CD
Simon & Schuster Audio
March, 2011
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$47.00 CAD
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Designed as a companion and soul-friend, this is “a book of awakenings” woven from the author’s own story (cancer survivor, poet, and philosopher: this man has allowed life to flow through him), stories of others’ struggles with their humanness, and truths from the great wisdom traditions. A series of daily reflections covering a whole year (an inviting New Year’s gift), The Book of Awakening is a summons to reclaim life from dead-at-the-wheel sameness, and to savour the beauty offered by life’s unfolding.

I was drawn to this form because as a poet, I was longing for a manner of expression that could be as useful as a spoon, and as a cancer survivor, daybooks have become inner food... All I can ask of this work is that it comes over you the way the ocean covers a stone stuck in the open, that it surprises and refreshes, that it makes you or me glisten, and leaves us scoured as we are, just softer for the moment and more clear.

Each entry is a work of art, accompanied by a practice that will surprise and delight the reader in its mind-waking ability. Here’s one:

Center yourself and recall a time when you were healing from either a physical or emotional injury.

Breathe deeply and ask yourself if, once the pain subsided, you were able to re-experience the world freshly.

When you can, describe all this to a loved one, noting what this injury cost you and what this injury opened you to.

Each entry in this capacious and tender “thinking person’s daybook” widens both the eyes and the heart.

“Mark Nepo gives us the chance to re-examine our lives and find a depth, significance, and beauty that we may not have noticed before. A year’s supply of wise and shining thoughts to be taken, one a day, like vitamins for the soul.” —Rachel Naomi Remen, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

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A years supply of inspiration every day and the perfect gift for yourself and your friends.

Oprah Winfrey

The Book of Awakening by poet and teacher MARK NEPO provides small doses of what really matters, simple truths and stories from everyday lives, plus inspiration from the great wisdom traditions. Each days entry is accompanied by simple, yet profound, practices designed to help us live the life we want by being present to the life we have. For, in the words of St. Francis of Assisi,


Each entry in this capacious and tender daybook widens both the eyes and the heart.

Jane Hirschfield, author of Nine Gates and After

A daily guide for authentic living in hard times, The Book of Awakening is a book to keep your head high, your heart open, and your feet on the ground. It is true, Nepo writes, If you cant see what youre looking for, see whats there. It is enough.

Mark Nepo has written a beautiful book about life, informed by the shadows of death. Ive been blessed and humbled by reading his words.

Marianne Williamson

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