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Drinking from the River of Light

The Life of Expression
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
September, 2019
ISBN:
9781683642305
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$24.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

“Meaningful art, enduring art—and the transformative process it awakens—keeps us alive,” writes Mark Nepo. With Drinking from the River of Light, this bestselling poet and philosopher leads us on a journey to discover just how art and creative expression can bring our deepest truths to bear in the world.

In this collection of interconnected essays and poetry—covering subjects ranging from the importance of staying in conversation with other forms of life to a consideration of how innovators such as Matisse, Rodin, and Beethoven saw the world—Nepo presents a lyrical ode to the artistic urge that stirs in each of us.

Here you will discover:

  • The importance of openly embracing the full scope of your emotions
  • The need for raw honesty and self-exploration in education
  • Why a new perspective always waits only a “quarter turn” away
  • The importance of staying in constant conversation with other creative voices
  • The crucial difference between giving and getting attention
  • Concrete guidelines for respectful peer review
  • What it means to channel the sound of your innermost being—and the universe.

In Nepo’s words, “This book is meant to be experienced and journeyed with.” Including dozens of journaling prompts and personal exercises meant to enliven the reader’s creative instincts, Drinking from the River of Light traces the search for our most essential selves and the importance of the life of expression to bear witness to the sorrow, depth, and joy of life.

“Mark Nepo is that rarest of literary birds: a Renaissance-style writer who dares to bring his whole hybrid self to the page—literary poet, unabashed mystic, homespun philosopher, cancer survivor, and impassioned seeker singing the glories of the world. This wonderful book is a deep dive into the universal art of self-expression, exploring how to give voice to our deepest, most original self in a world where we often feel unheard, and how to hear the voice of God in our own when we listen closely to what is inside us. Candid, rich, and consistently profound. I loved it.” —Mark Matousek, author of Writing to Awaken

“As Mark says, ‘all forms of expression are meant to awaken the love that is possible in the world.’ Want to become a bearer of love and light in a world that too many find dark and loveless? This new offering by a spiritual virtuoso of our era will help you find the way.” —Parker Palmer, author, On the Brink of Everything

Publisher’s Description: 

A deeply heartfelt exploration of what it means to live the creative, expressive life

Meaningful art, enduring artand the transformative process it awakenskeeps us alive, writes Mark Nepo. With Drinking from the River of Light, this bestselling poet and philosopher leads audiences on a journey to discover just how art and creative expression can bring our deepest truths to bear in the world.

In this collection of interconnected essays and poetrycovering subjects ranging from the importance of staying in conversation with other forms of life to a consideration of how innovators such as Matisse, Rodin, and Beethoven saw the worldNepo presents a lyrical ode to the artistic urge that stirs in each of us. Including dozens of journaling prompts and personal exercises meant to enliven the readers creative instincts, Drinking from the River of Light traces the search for our most essential selves and the importance of art to bear witness to the sorrow, depth, and joy of life.

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