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As Far As the Heart Can See

Stories to Illuminate the Soul
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Health Communications, Inc.
 | 
August, 2011
ISBN:
9780757315718
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Banyen's Description: 

Stories carry the seeds of our humanness. They help us, teach us, heal us, and connect us to what matters. In As Far As the Heart Can See, poetic philosopher and storyteller Mark Nepo (author of The Book of Awakening) bares the stories of his heart, his dreams, and the myths of our ancestors as guides for enriching our depths. These stories about “staying awake and staying close to what is sacred” go straight to the heart.

Each story has a life of its own that simply used me to become known again in the world. Like roots finding water, we always wind up moving toward what sustains us.

Following each of the 45 stories are three forms of invitation to further the conversation: journal questions, table questions, and meditations. The questions, whether reflected upon in a journal or discussed in deeper conversation with friends or family, are meant to lead the seeker down unimagined paths and back into life; the meditations are meant to ground the learning. These stories and parables about universal concepts and themes offer a poet’s sensuality and a philosopher’s sensibility to personalizing the journey of the human experience in the world.

“This book is like a door that opens only one way. When you open it, you become more than you were, and there is no going back. These stories will free you to move closer to your own dream of yourself and live more authentically, more joyfully, and more passionately than before. More than just a book, As Far As the Heart Can See is an exquisitely written invitation to live your real life.” —Rachel Naomi Remen, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

“What happens when a poet writes a book of stories about how to live, how to love, how to heal and grow and find our distinct purpose? For me, each word became a stepping stone on a path through the woods. And not only that: a host of helpers, teachers, cheerleaders, and friends popped off the pages of this charming and wise book to lead me out of the stuck places and into freedom.” —Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Publisher’s Description: 

Stories carry the seeds of our humanness. They help us, teach us, heal us, and connect us to what matters. As Far As the Heart Can See is an invitation to be in relationship with deep and life-giving material. Many spiritual gurus present dense metaphysical theses with an intellectual approach for "working" a spiritual path; poet and philosopher Mark Nepo reaches people through their hearts, bringing something fresh and new to the field by stimulating change through reflection of thoughts and feelings. The stories he shares in As Far As the Heart Can See come from many placesfrom Nepo's personal history to dreams to the myths of our ancestors. Each one is an invitation to awaken an aspect of living in relationship with the sacred. Following each of the forty-five stories are three forms of an invitation to further the conversation: journal questions, table questions, and meditations. The questions, whether reflected upon in a journal or discussed in deeper conversation with friends or family, are meant to lead the seeker down unimagined paths and back into life; the meditations are meant to ground the learning. These stories and parables about universal concepts and themes offer a poet's sensuality and a philosopher's sensibility to personalizing the journey of the human experience in the world.

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