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Meeting Life with Courage, with Mark Nepo

Meeting Life with Courage, with Mark Nepo from Sounds True on Vimeo.

Wake Up Festival 2014

The Presenters on the Wake Up Festival from Sounds True on Vimeo.

Listening Is a Personal Pilgrimage

Mark recently appeared on New Dimensions. Three Intentions is offering this opportunity to listen to “Listening is a Personal Pilgrimage” here free, or you can download it from New Dimensions onto your iPad or other device.


Program Description

Nepo describes deep listening as a very active and engaging process, a pilgrimage of sorts. It is an act of opening our hearts to whatever is before us. This is ultimately a transformative journey that is constantly unfolding and emerging. Deep listening informs our friendships, our giving and receiving, our place in the web of relationship with all life. We find our own footing when we’ve been truly seen and witnessed. Here, Nepo gives many examples of deep listening and how it can lead us to more effective lives. He shares how nature can be our teachers and describes the ocean as having “incredible power and yet, at the same time, it is so sensitive and gentle that if you stick your finger in it, it will register that ripple across the entire mass of it. It’s clear, it reflects everything that looks into it. It accepts everything that enters it without losing any of itself. It is formless and yet it doesn’t lose who or what it is. This is a great teacher for us to know we can be who we are without needing to insist on our identity.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Poetry reading and conversation about Reduced to Joy

A Good Minute: Staying Awake

We sometimes approach spiritual practice with a sense—conscious or otherwise—that it will allow us to transcend our lives. Perhaps we hope that by becoming awakened we will have the power to become detached from our experiences of pain, grief, or heartbreak. Poet and author Mark Nepo views awakening as something that is rooted in the full experience of each moment of our lives, whether that moment is joyous or suffering—an ongoing process that allows us to grow in ways we never imagined. In this video clip, he explores what he means by “staying awake,” and why he calls it “the ordinary art.”

Watch “A Good Minute” here.

See Mark Nepo live in August 2013. Visit for more information.

No Strangers in the Heart with Tami Simon of Sounds True

Tami Simon speaks with Mark Nepo, a poet, philosopher, and New York Times #1 bestselling author who has published 13 books and recorded eight audio projects. Mark has been interviewed twice by Oprah Winfrey as part of her Soul Series radio show and was interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. A cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. With Sounds True, he has released the audio programs Staying Awake: The Ordinary Art and Holding Nothing Back: Essentials for an Authentic Life.

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Mark wins Books for a Better Life award!

Congratulations to Mark, who won the 17th Annual Books for a Better Life Award in the Spirituality category.

Since its inception in 1996, Books for a Better Life has recognized more than 650 self-improvement authors and has now raised more than $1.9 million for the New York City – Southern New York Chapter’s comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their friends and families. The Awards recognize self-improvement authors whose messages are aligned with the chapter’s mission of inspiring people to live their best lives. To see a full list of past finalists and winners click here.

Five finalists in each of the ten categories above were chosen by an esteemed panel of book sellers and magazine, book club and television book editors. Independent panels of expert judges in each category will now select a winner for each category.

Become a fan of the Books for a Better Life group on facebook here.

Awards Event History




How to Listen to Your Life, via

Listening is a personal pilgrimage that takes time and a willingness to lean into life. With each trouble that stalls us and each wonder that lifts us, we’re asked to put down our conclusions and feel and think anew. Unpredictable as life itself, the practice of listening is one of the most mysterious, luminous and challenging art forms on earth. Each of us is by turns a novice and a master—until the next difficulty or joy undoes us.

In truth, listening is the first step to peace. When we dare to quiet our minds and all the thoughts we inherit, the differences between us move back, and the things we have in common move forward. When we dare to quiet the patterns of our past, everything starts to reveal its kinship and share its aliveness. And though we can always learn from others, listening is not a shortcut, but a way to embody the one life we’re given, a way to personalize the practice of being human.

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Listen to audio of Seven Thousand Ways to Listen


The Art of Putting Things Together

Words of wisdom from Mark Nepo.