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Staying Awake

The Ordinary Art
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Make the commitment to being your truest self “in all ways in all directions.”
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Enter Your Days to the Fullest

Course objectives:

  • Discuss the direct tasting of life, including the unwanted guest and what it asks of us.
  • Summarize the roles of the deep listener, the deep speaker, and the deep questioner within.
  • Recognize the risk to be present, gifts of paradox, metaphor, and the reliable truths that never change.
  • Apply the ordinary art of staying awake through self-inquiry, journaling, personal ritual, poetry, stories, and personal myth.

Most of us can remember a time when we felt completely awake—fully present, deeply engaged, our heart and mind wide open. We also know those periods of sleepiness when our purpose is unclear, we lose our way in relationship, and life’s challenges seem more than we can bear. In Staying Awake, Mark Nepo invites us to inhabit our truest selves “in all ways in all directions,” as we find our own voices in the One Conversation in which each of our lives is a story waiting to be told.

With a poet’s keen view of the vast and often hidden territory of the inner life, Mark Nepo talks directly about what a gift it is to be here and about the resources that the mysteries of being and experience reveal. Informed by his journey through cancer, he explores the lessons brought to us by the press of love and suffering. For each of us is born awake and yet it takes courage to stay awake, to remember that all we encounter is real.

Sharing his own rich poetry along with the inspired writing of luminaries across generations, Nepo guides us in the central practice of staying awake: to be who we are, no matter what we face, and to enter our days and moments to the fullest. We do this, he teaches, by holding nothing back—by bringing all of who we are to every situation, enlivening our connection with everything life has to offer. Using teaching stories and a series of exercises and reflections, Nepo invites us to listen to our own stories and to find our own wisdom.

“We are stronger, gentler, more resilient, and more beautiful than any of us imagine,” teaches Mark Nepo. Staying Awake is his offering to all of us who seek “the love of truth and the truth of love that help us live.”

Highlights

  • The direct tasting of life
  • The unwanted guest and what it asks of us
  • The deep listener, the deep speaker, and the deep questioner within
  • Metaphor and whole-mind thinking
  • The gifts of paradox
  • The risk to be present
  • The reliable truths that never change
  • Nine hours of poetry, story, exercises, and explorations for practicing the ordinary art of staying awake

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Contents Audio Download (8 hours, 23 minutes)
Filetypes MP3, PDF, ZIP
Product Code AF02383W
ISBN Number 978-1-60407-763-6
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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

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Reviewed by Timothy
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Beyond pleasant

Every insight, analogy, and story is spoken poetry. Mark Nepo illuminates several basic truths in a way that opens them up as fresh revelations that had me grinning ear to ear during my morning commutes.

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Reviewed by Janet B.
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Nepo never disappoints!

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Reviewed by Andrew H.
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Good blend of input coupled with prose / poetry and story telling. Each CD is best listened to over and over again - something new each time.

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Reviewed by Linda B.
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I am halfway through this program, am taking notes. Currently on vacation, will finish it upon my return. The program is keeping my interest, I am finding some inspiration. At this point, I would give this 3-stars, possibly more upon completion.

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Reviewed by ANTHONY T.
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Mark Nepo's program Staying Awake was very worthwhile. His story telling, poems and quotes moved me in a very soulful and spiritual way. I recommend this CD series.

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