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The Endless Practice

Becoming Who You Were Born to Be
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Publisher: 
Atria Books
 | 
July, 2015
ISBN:
9781476774664
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$21.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

As a poet and philosopher, Mark Nepo (The Book of Awakening) has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than thirty years.  The Endless Practice explores how the soul works in the world, and how by engaging our soul in the world, we are shaped by the endless practice of becoming the person we were born to be.  To bring who we are out and to let the world in is a brave and endless practice that clarifies and solidifies the gifts we are born with.

Chapters explore the difficult and rewarding aspects of being human, which are often inter-related, including how to restore our trust in life, when suffering makes us lose our way; how to begin the work of saying yes to life, so it can enliven us; and how to make our inwardness a resource and not a refuge.  By unfolding topics such as Exhausting the Struggle, Staying in Relationship, and The Sweet Ache of Being Alive, Nepo continues to reveal how the covenant of being and the practice of becoming strengthen both the inner life of spirit and the outer life of service in the world.

 Though every path offers company and refuge, the journey of every human being is to discover—through their personhood—their own living relationship between the soul and the world, between being and experience, and between love and service.  This book helps the reader discover that essential relationship.

Speaking about what led him to this inquiry, Mark says,

The want to know who we really are and to know the truth of our existence and our connection to a living Universe is, to me, the fundamental life-giving question that the heart commits to once opened by love or suffering.  How we are led and pushed to our true nature is what spirituality and personal growth are all about.

The Endless Practice is filled with insights and stories woven with soul practice.

How we stay in relationship to the mysterious Whole of Life is what brings us alive and keeps us alive.  Everyone knows firsthand that life is messy and painful, beautiful and unpredictable.  The endless practice is keeping our heart open to the whole of it.  And the journey of becoming who we were born to be never ends.  It's limitless, eternal.  We don't arrive—we grow.

Also by Mark Nepo are Seven Thousand Ways to Listen and As Far As the Heart Can See.

Publisher’s Description: 

Poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than forty years. In his latest book, the #1 New York Times bestselling author writes reflectively and poetically about the lifelong spiritual journey (Publishers Weekly).

Called one of the finest spiritual guides of our time, Nepo explores what it means to become our truest self as we face lifes challengesas well as its joys. Navigating some of the souls deepest, most ancient questions, he asks: How do we stay vital and buoyant amid the storms of life? What is the secret to coming alive? The souls journey is inevitable, and no matter where we go we cant escape this foundational truth: Whats in the way is the way. As Nepo writes, The point of experience is not to escape life but to live it.

Featured on Oprahs Super Soul Sunday program, and a key presenter in Oprahs nationwide The Life You Want Weekend Tour, Nepo inspires each of us to discover who we were born to be. Like his bestselling The Book of Awakening, The Endless Practice is filled with insights and stories, guidance and practice that will bring you closer to living life to the fullest.

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