by Wendy Strgar November 24, 2012
Learning to listen and share our stories is where we experience our ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. Learning how to bring our attention and full presence to our relationships keeps us awake and connected to what matters most. Mark Nepo, is an award winning and best selling author, poet and philosopher who encourages us to become quiet enough and open enough to listen to what truly matters—our own hearts, our loved ones, the wonders of nature. Don’t miss this exploration of how sharing our hopes, dreams, yearnings, fears, sorrows and triumphs can heal us and our relationships. Listening is how we stay close to the people we love most and opens up a sacred space within our own heart. Mark has a unique gift of bringing the freshness of being alive back into our days through the willingness to keep listening.
Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty-five years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published thirteen books and recorded eight audio projects. Recent work includes his next book of spiritual inquiry, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen a new book of teaching stories, As Far As the Heart Can See, Finding Inner Courage among others. As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV, and has been interviewed twice by Oprah as part of her SIRIUS XM Radio show, Soul Series. He has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America about his New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. As well, The Exquisite Risk (Harmony Books) was cited by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005, calling it “one of the best books we’ve ever read on what it takes to live an authentic life.” His work has been translated into twenty languages including French, Portuguese, Japanese, and Danish. In leading spiritual retreats, in working with healing and medical communities, and in his teaching as a poet, Mark’s work is widely accessible and used by many. He continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats.
by Wendy Strgar March 21, 2019
Usually by the time we “spring forward,” most of us have long forgotten our New Year’s resolutions and not because we don’t want to change, but because the big sweeping ones we plan for after our third glass of champagne are so hard to get our hands around in the day to day. While the desire for change is earnest, what most of us miss is that real change is found in the small steps that we do consistently.
by Wendy Strgar February 21, 2019
Our sense of smell is ancient and the source of our most powerful emotional memories. It is also the primal sensory pathway to sexual attraction. And yet, we often give little attention to all that our sense of smell can evoke, in part because we have so little vocabulary for scent. Often we're limited to “it smells like…” and delineated only between pleasant and unpleasant.