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Finding Inner Courage

Paperback Book
Red Wheel Weiser
September, 2020
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$27.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The word courage comes from the Latin cor (core, heart), Nepo explains in this lovely, heartfelt meditation. “If to find our way to the core is to face the lion, then to stand by our core is to be the lion,” he says. Nepo, a poet, philosopher and teacher, believes there are two paths to manifesting courage: going within and knowing oneself, and turning outward, steadfastly facing life, allowing oneself to be vulnerable to experiences. The cost of not doing so is numbness, or living death, Nepo believes, and he sees courage as an ongoing series of choices.

We need to consider the art of softening habitual routines back into meaningful practices. We need to discern when the rigid ones just need to be broken so our heart can once again breathe. For if we can learn the mysterious art of navigating our patterns, those rivers will guide us to our core.

In a book filled with verbal images, stories and analogies, including the archetypal tale of Jacob wrestling with the angel, Nepo also relates his own experiences surviving cancer and overcoming certain fears. Finding Inner Courage is work from the heart that helps us find our own courage and experience how connection to our own core connects us to all of humankind, as well as to nature and spirit itself.

If you want to learn about healing, it helps to know of suffering. The strong live in the storm without worshipping the storm. This is what it means to stay in conversation with life.

He relates stories of ordinary people, political activists, artists, and spiritual teachers from all traditions—people who are summoning the best of who they are in all kinds of moments, great and small.

I invite you to inhale these stories, to let them fill your lungs and circle your heart, to let them empower you to stand more firmly by your core and a little taller in the world.

Among Mark Nepo’s many other books are The Book of Awakening and Drinking from the River of Light—all highly recommended.

Publisher’s Description: 

Stories of ordinary people, political activists, artists, writers, and spiritual teachers from a variety of traditions showing how we too can stand by the courage of our convictions in challenging times.

Mark Nepo is a beloved teacher, poet, storyteller, and the author of the bestseller The Book of Awakening. In Find Inner Courage, Mark invites readers to discover their own source of courage through inspiring stories of political activists, artists, writers, spiritual teachers from a variety of traditions, and ordinary people alike.

The book explores three keys to living a life of courage:

  • Discover the inner core of your own being
  • Stand by your inner core in ways great and small
  • Sustain the practice of living from your core throughout your life
  • Each of the nearly 60 essays and stories elucidates the dimensions of courage and inspires readers on their own path

"Finding Inner Courage describes a path to inner bravery, the quiet power of standing by yourself, with yourself, for yourself, in the depths of your own heart. Finding the courage to face your inner self with all its gifts and demons is the first step to transforming the world. - Megan Devine, author of It's OK That You're Not OK

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