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Things That Join the Sea and the Sky

Field Notes on Living
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From poet and teacher Mark Nepo, a compelling treasury of 145 short prose reflections to turn to when struggling to keep our heads above water—to help us surface and breathe into all of our sorrows and joys. Includes a guide to the practice of daily writing, with 100 compelling journaling questions to get us started.

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A Reader for Navigating the Depths of Our Lives

The Universe holds us and tosses us about, only to hold us again. With Things That Join the Sea and the Sky, Mark Nepo brings us a compelling treasury of short prose reflections to turn to when struggling to keep our heads above water, and to breathe into all of our sorrows and joys.

Inspired by his own journal writing across 15 years, this book shares with us some of Mark’s most personal work. Many passages arise from accounts of his own life events—moments of “sinking and being lifted”—and the insights they yielded. Through these passages, we’re encouraged to navigate our own currents of sea and sky, and to discover something fundamental yet elusive: How, simply, to be here.
To be enjoyed in many ways—individually, by topic, or as an unfolding sequence—Things That Join the Sea and the Sky presents 145 contemplations gathered into 17 themes, each intended to illuminate specific situations.

The themes include: Unraveling Our Fear, Beyond What Goes Wrong, The Gift of Deepening, The Practice of Relationship, What Holds Us Up, Right-Sizing Our Pain, The Reach of Kindness, Burning Off What’s Unnecessary, How We Make Our Way and many more.

For those interested in either beginning or expanding their own journaling explorations, this reader also provides a guide to the practice of daily writing, with 100 compelling questions to get us started. “Joy is the sea that holds all,” writes Mark, “the Unity of Being where feelings don’t separate, but surface like waves to remind us we are alive.”
Here, he helps us swim in those waters until we are held in the mystery of their buoyancy.

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Contents Paperback Book (264 pages) eBook (264 pages)
Filetypes PDF, EPUB
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK05049 BK05049W
ISBN Number 978-1-62203-899-2 978-1-62203-900-5
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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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I have this book on my bedside table. I read for about 20 mins before I go to sleep. I want it to last forever. I love the beauty Mark creates, his narrative is sublime. He covers such diverse topics, always deeply thought thru and deeply felt.

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