Holding Nothing Back
Essentials for an Authentic Life

Experience a fullness of life through the practice of expressing our true selves.
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A Poet's Guidance for the Practice of True Self-Expression

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Course objectives:

  • Discuss the transformative journey of holding nothing back as a practice of truth and love.
  • Define our soul's calling, or what we are called to do, and the call of the soul, or the continual call to aliveness.
  • Discuss paradox: being alone and belonging, as well as effort and grace as the path of oneness.
  • Define and discuss enthusiasm, obstacles, and sincerity as teachers on the transformative journey toward living an authentic life and awakening.
  • Practice deepening the discussions with suggested reflection, writing exercises, storytelling, ritual and meditation.

All spiritual traditions affirm that fully participating in our own life is what allows us to find our place in the fullness and beauty of the world. As such, holding nothing back is less a forceful act of will and more a surrender into the current of life we are always in. In Holding Nothing Back, Mark Nepo invites us to enliven the one obligation we are born with: to be completely who you are. Our reward is nothing less than the realization that “all of life is in whatever moment we wake to.” Holding Nothing Back illuminates:

  • The Fall into Life—our inevitable journey into what is real, and how we only find meaning through relationship
  • Alone and Together—the paradox of being and belonging and how we need both solitude and community
  • The Mystery of Transformation—staying true to the spirit within while the person carrying it keeps evolving

“To hold nothing back means staying committed to letting whatever we experience make its way in and letting whatever is in make its way out,” explains Nepo. “Holding nothing back means holding the intention to be an open vessel, in a daily way.” Here is his passionate call to each of us to find and befriend the quiet courage to bring all of who we are to every step we take through the miraculous world.

Excerpted from the full-length audio program Staying Awake.

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I found Mark to give loss of long wined analogies and stories and examples but found it hard to come away with any tangible strategies for Holding Nothing Back.
I certainly understood what he meant by this and how important he felt it was but not how to do it. (Posted on April 21, 2015)

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Review for Holding Nothing Back Review by gary w

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Great content and storytelling manner, this audiobook especially speaks to me, as i also come from the New York area where the author is from too. His wisdom, wit and warmth also connect with me as a fellow Jewish person with similar background and ancestry. (Posted on July 15, 2014)

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Review for Holding Nothing Back Review by Barbara R

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Loved the way Mark used his life story as poetry to inspire and offer evidence that the jewel can be found in the pain. (Posted on April 23, 2014)

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Review for Holding Nothing Back Review by Dr. Jeanne C. F

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Mark's wisdom is comforting, challenging and deeply accessible. I'm so grateful for this CD and have invited my clients to listen. (Posted on December 27, 2013)

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Review for Holding Nothing Back Review by Trista B

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Wow, it was like meeting a kindred spirit. What a lovely two hours. He is a beautiful artist of words and such an inspiration to rise to your full potential and look at challenges through a shifted kaleidoscope. (Posted on October 2, 2013)

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Review for Holding Nothing Back Review by Maria V

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good information (Posted on July 11, 2013)

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Review for Holding Nothing Back Review by Amy G

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Loved it. Especially the poems and stories. (Posted on July 5, 2013)

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Review for Holding Nothing Back Review by zoe n

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interesting lecture. the tone was a bit dramatic/melancholic for my system. (Posted on June 30, 2013)

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Review for Holding Nothing Back Review by Mary L

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Mark Nepo's work on this project exceeds my expectations. I quite enjoy his combination of philosophy and poetry. Thank you, Sounds True, for the opportunity to experience mark's wisdom. (Posted on June 29, 2013)

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Review for Holding Nothing Back Review by Franny W

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Found this download extremely helpful and thought provoking. I am still doing the work it has helped me to unfold in my thinking. (Posted on June 28, 2013)

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Audio Download

Contents Audio download (2 hrs, 27 mins)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published April 01, 2012
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-764-3
Product Code AW02392W

CE Credits

Contents 2.5 CE credits
Date Published April 01, 2012
Product Code CE03330