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The Exquisite Risk

Daring to Live an Authentic Life
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Crown
 | 
February, 2006
ISBN:
9780307335845
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$21.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In these tilt-a-whirl times, the exquisite risk facing each of us every day is to slow down and “still our own house” so that we may experience life rather than simply manage it. In The Exquisite Risk, poet and teacher Mark Nepo encourages readers to become quiet enough and open enough to listen to what truly matters—our own hearts, our loved ones, the wonders of nature—in order to live a life with nothing held back.

How can we stay awake and authentic when our wounds make us numb and hidden?

In deeply felt, lyrical prose, Nepo shares his own spiritual path, including a wrestle with cancer that helped him understand how only by daring to embrace all that life has to offer can we come to a deeper appreciation of its meaning and beauty.

It has taken three years to birth this book, and I view it as an intimate companion in exploring the intoxicating quandaries of being alive. When struggling through my illness, I was bereft at how many of the books I owned were useless. Ever since, I have been committed to finding and creating books that can help us live.

In the spirit of works by Rachel Naomi Remen or Ram Dass, The Exquisite Risk unfolds in four “movements”: “There are Teachers Everywhere,” “Steering Our Way to Center,” “How Can We Go There Together?” and “Honoring the Mystery.” Some of the chapter titles give a sense of where this lovely book invites us: “The Struggle to Be Real,” “Unrehearsed Living,” “The Rhythm of Kindness,” “Naked Attention,” “The Song of Relationship,” and “The Gift of Surprise”—offering fresh perspective on the art of being alive and providing useful and beautiful insight into “how we can minimize what stands between us and our experience of life.”

The journey is the same: how to open our pain and listen to all that matters, so we can make it through and rejoice from day to day… For beneath the life of problem-solving waits the struggle to be real, from which no one is exempt. We each are asked to make our way through the drama of our bleeding to the stripping of our will, through the tensions of our suffering to the humility of surrender where we might learn the ordinary art of living at the pace of what is real.

Also by Mark Nepo is The Book of Awakening.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

In these fast-paced times, the exquisite risk facing each of us every day is to slow down and “still our own house” so that we may experience life rather than simply manage it. In The Exquisite Risk, poet and teacher Mark Nepo encourages readers to become quiet enough and open enough to listen to what truly matters—our own hearts, our loved ones, the wonders of nature—in order to live a life with nothing held back. In rich, lyrical prose, Nepo shares his own spiritual path, including a battle with illness that helped him understand how only by daring to embrace all that life has to offer can we come to a deeper appreciation of its meaning and beauty.

In the spirit of works by Deepak Chopra and Ram Dass, The Exquisite Risk unfolds in chapters like “The Struggle to Be Real,” “There Are Teachers Everywhere,” “The Rhythm of Kindness,” and “The Gift of Surprise,” offering fresh perspective on the art of being alive and providing essential insight into how we can minimize what stands between us and our experience of life.


From the Hardcover edition.

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