And with each exhalation, do we free ourselves of the world, which inevitably entangles us? Having experienced hearing loss, Nepo affirms that listening is one of the most mysterious, luminous, and challenging art forms: Whatever difficulty you face, there are time-tried ways you can listen your way through. By listening our way into lifelong friendships with everything larger than us, with our life of experience, and with each other. He is a cancer survivor and suffers from a severe hearing loss as a result of chemo therapy. Mark gives us hope that we can live more vital lives through our own careful listening to our depths. Called âÈêone of the finest spiritual guides of our timeâÈë Parker Palmer, author of A Hidden Wholeness , Mark Nepo has inspired millions of people with his 1Â New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. His attentiveness to the natural lyricism of life is conveyed in language that is both memorable and profound. I also got annoyed with the number of times the author said he is a poet and, therefore, had some special perception.
He has a way with words that touch me. His views of life are realistic and amazing, and his compassion and love are inspiring. I find myself wanting to keep this book near me for frequent consultation and meditation. His resonant heart--his frank and astonishing voice--befriend us mightily on this mysterious trail. This is not a complicated process to follow; it does require commitment and discipline, and working with one's self, alone, or in a group.
In this beautifully written spiritual memoir, Nepo explores the transformational journey with his characteristic insight and grace. That is the way that Mark Nepo's words hit me. Unfortunately, the execution didn't resonate with me. It is a book where you should read a page, then think about it, mediate on it, and let the words and ideas float inside your mind for a day or two, maybe re-read several times. Other places to find Mark Nepo:. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Nepo provides through methods for reaching deeper into the inner self.
He comes to the table with a doctorate in English, so this is not unexpected. Seven Thousand Ways to Listen weaves a tapestry of deep reflection, memoir, and meditation to create a remarkable guide on how to listen to life and live more fully. I had to return it to the library, but I am thinking about buying it as a reference. Mark gives us hope that we can live more vital lives through our own careful listening to our depths. Things must die, like the leaves in autumn, in order to be renewed and continued. Do the reflective exercises he suggests to lead you deeply down the path. I read this book with a group of friends and we met to discuss our favorite chapters.
His approach to spirituality is authentic and unique. And as we learn to listen, we open to the myriad voices of life and the silent mysteries of the soul and begin to sense the truth of being alive. He unfolds the many gifts and challenges of deep listening as we are asked to reflect on the life we are given. See I am an older person and my time is precious to me. In response he tells a story of a well-dressed man who steps over a homeless man on the street to peer more closely at a sweater in a department store window.
InSeven Thousand Ways to Listenhe shares his wisdom with us. Loved the insight in this book as well as the poetry. . It is the give-and-take between pain and wonder and the way the weather of experience shapes our journey. Very poetic and beautifully written. Yet how do we inhabit these connections and find our way in the world? There is much to take away from his work. In this book Nepo has generously taught us how to listen.
And our friendship with each other opens us to the wisdom of care. I also got annoyed with the number of times the author said The concept of this book is fabulous: learning how to open your heart and actually listen to what is going on around you. That is our life, and even though the dock ends, it opens into the new world of the ocean with its own trials and tribulations, and yes, joys. I kept pushing through because the second and third sections about human interaction looked more promising, and they were indeed better. There are aspects of this life that are beyond our limited human understanding.
He intersperses, throughout the text, reflection, meditation, and journaling exercises that reinforce the message and theme of each section. Filled with questions to reflect on and discuss with others, and meditations on how to return to what matters throughout the day, this enlightening book teaches us how to act wholeheartedly so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom. I'm able to walk out of dark moments into brighter ones more quickly. In addition to the thought-provoking nature of the book, there are several elements that make it a joy to read and ponder. Seven Thousand Ways to Listen weaves a tapestry of deep reflection, memoir, and meditation to create a remarkable guide on how to listen to life and live more fully.
If I had a criticism of the book, it would be its length. Readers receive tools necessary to slow down and learn to listen in a deep, meaningful way…. His attentiveness to the natural lyricism of life is conveyed in language that is both memorable and profound. Praised as a meditative approach to silencing the world's noise Kirkus Reviews and a winner of the 2012 Spiritual Books for a Better Life Award, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen weaves a tapestry of deep reflection, memoir, and meditation to create a remarkable guide on how to listen to life and live more fully. Bookseller: , Washington, United States Biblio is a marketplace for book collectors comprised of thousands of independent, professional booksellers, located all over the world, who list their books for sale online so that customers like you can find them! I'm able to walk out of dark moments into brighter ones more quickly. At times, Nepo is repetitive. Because listening is the doorway to everything that matters.