Drinking from the River of Light

The Life of Expression
Paperback Book
Paperback Book
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Have you ever been so moved by an experience that you needed to share it with the world? In Drinking from the River of Light, bestselling author Mark Nepo presents a weave of reflections and poetry about the life of authentic expression. Whether it’s through writing, painting, gardening, or conversation, Nepo carefully examines how you can reveal your deepest essence through the many forms of art.
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A deeply heartfelt weave of reflections and poems about what it means to live the creative, expressive life 
“I cherish the wisdom and embrace the practices offered in this luminous book.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Caravan of No Despair and Wild Mercy
“Meaningful art, enduring art—and the transformative process it awakens—keeps us alive,” writes Mark Nepo. With Drinking from the River of Light, this bestselling poet and philosopher will lead you on a journey to discover just how art and authentic expression can bring our deepest truths to bear in the world.
In this collection of interconnected essays and poetry—covering subjects ranging from the importance of staying in conversation with other forms of life to a consideration of how innovators such as Matisse, Rodin, and Beethoven saw the world—Nepo presents a lyrical ode to the creative urge that stirs in each of us. Whether it’s the search for a metaphor to reveal life’s beauty or the brushstroke that will thoroughly capture the moment, Drinking from the River of Light examines what it means to go “. . . beyond the boundaries of art, where the viewer and participant are one.”
Here you will discover:
  • The importance of openly embracing the full scope of your emotions
  • The need for raw honesty and self-exploration in education
  • Why a new perspective always waits only a “quarter turn” away
  • The importance of staying in constant conversation with other creative voices
  • The crucial difference between giving and getting attention
  • Concrete guidelines for respectful peer review
  • What it means to channel the sound of your innermost being—and the universe
In Nepo’s words, “This book is meant to be experienced and journeyed with.” Including dozens of journaling prompts and personal exercises meant to enliven the reader’s creative instincts, Drinking from the River of Light traces the search for our most essential selves and the importance of the life of expression to bear witness to the sorrow, depth, and joy of life.
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Paperback Book eBook
Contents Paperback Book (320 pages) eBook (320 pages)
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK05580 BK05580W
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-230-5 978-1-68364-231-2
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Mark Nepo

About Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 40 years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published 21 books and recorded 14 audio projects. Mark has been interviewed several times by Oprah Winfrey as part of her Super Soul Sunday TV show, and was interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages. For more, see marknepo.com.

Author photo © Brian Bankston