Staying Awake

The Ordinary Art

Staying Awake

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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.”


  • 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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Customer Reviews

Beyond pleasant Review by Timothy

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.

(Posted on 12/5/2014)

Review for Staying Awake Review by Janet B

Nepo never disappoints!

(Posted on 7/8/2014)

Review for Staying Awake Review by Andrew Hunter

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.

(Posted on 7/8/2014)

Review for Staying Awake Review by Linda B

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.

(Posted on 6/28/2014)

Review for Staying Awake Review by ANTHONY T

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.

(Posted on 4/5/2013)

Review for Staying Awake Review by Judy G

My husband and I loved Mark Nepo's book of meditations and were ready to hear more. We listen every morning to a band or two from this CD collection. It's rich material for discussion and so practical and inspirational.

(Posted on 1/13/2013)

Review for Staying Awake Review by Susan Porter

I am happy to have this longer conversation like course with Mark Nepo to play and replay in the car and at home. His spoken word is also like poetry and his voice is so clear, calm and affirming. I did not realize, however, that a CD I ordered from you previously, "Holding Nothing Back," was essentially the same information/stories/reflectiions. If I had known that, I would have not bought the (shorter) first set of CDs.

(Posted on 6/8/2012)

Review for Staying Awake Review by Ian Taylor

Cool...seemless. Thank you

(Posted on 5/13/2012)

Review for Staying Awake Review by Marianne Spitzform

Exceeded all my expectations. A gem!

(Posted on 4/12/2012)

Review for Staying Awake Review by martin muntz

his lectures have helped me deal with my own illness.he is a really great being who lived as they say as the rubber meets the road

(Posted on 3/23/2012)

Review for Staying Awake Review by Karen Ghan

I purchased "Staying Awake" to share with my meditation circle as a focus in our practice. "The Book of Awakening" has been a foundational daily inspiration for several years, and Mark Nepo brings so much to our spiritual inquiry and practice. His workshop CD's are Excellent! He is a powerful voice of compassion and wisdom, grateful for his insights and experience.

(Posted on 3/20/2012)



Contents 8 CDs (8 hours 23 minutes)
Date Published March 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-666-6
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-666-0
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF02383D

Audio Download

Contents Audio download (8 hours, 23 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published March 01, 2012
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-763-6
Product Code AF02383W

CE Credits

Contents 8.5 CE credits
Date Published March 01, 2012
Product Code CE03793