Mark Nepo is a poet and spiritual adviser who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 30 years.
If you’ve ever wanted to see things differently and discover a brightness even in the seeming darkness all around, then do we have the Book of Soul show for you. Today I’ll be talking with Mark Nepo, spiritual writer, poet, philosopher, spiritual artist, the author of the New York Times #1 Best Seller, “The Book of Awakening” and all-time favorite spiritual author of mine, and the author of a brilliant, beautiful new book, “The Book of Soul” And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about Covid-19, protest, instability, apparent darkness, and what in the world it means for the evolution of our soul.  Key Points Discussed: What do you see going on in the world today with the pandemic and all the chaos everywhere? (03:33) Getting unstuck  from grief and accepting that the world has changed (03:49) The purpose of suffering in exhausting us of our differences and that of love in awakening us to how we are at heart the same (11:17) Moving through our fear instead of obeying it so we can allow love to move us towards the miracle (15:27) Overcoming fear and pain by enlarging our sense of things (19:00) Wholeheartedness and inviting in our shadow at this time (20:32) Listening to honest friends who can call us out when we’re wrong (24:00) Liberating ourselves by wearing sandals instead of needlessly carpeting the earth (27:09) The uselessness of our propensity to judge each other (31:01) Looking with wonder and reverence at the incredibly positive opportunity for something greater at this time (34:58) What in the world is a prison tree? (37:17) Why he chooses every day whether to be known as a jew or not (45:20) Truth and kindness and how they are our constant teachers (50:04) Looking at hope as no matter how things turn out they will have meaning (52:27) Avoiding the distancing of each other in our hearts despite having to practice caution and social distancing (01:01:02) Being who we are completely with each other, not holding anything back, and making the most of our time together (01:02:43) Additional Resources: The Book of Soul By Mark Nepo ……. For free meditations, weekly tips, stories, and similar shows visit: To support the show and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access, visit: And to follow Inspire Nation (and the lives of Michael and Jessica) on Instagram, go to And to follow Inspire Nation on Tik Tok simply go to InspireNationShow on Tik Tok
Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher and cancer survivor who has taught in the fields of poetry, health, and spirituality for 40 years. Mark is a New York Times #1 selling author who has published numerous books and audio projects. In this episode, Eric and Mark discuss his book, The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters. This episode is a tonic to the suffering that we are facing right now in the midst of a pandemic. This conversation offers some of the most liberating wisdom that, when connected to, releases us from the grip of fear so that we are living from a place of presence, peace, and connecting to what matters. You can find all of the most up to date crisis help & support resources that Eric is making available through The One You Feed by going to wisdom and practice of self-compassion is a foundational principle that Eric teaches and helps his private clients learn to apply through the 1-on-1 Spiritual Habits Program. To learn more about this program, click here.Need help with completing your goals in 2020? The One You Feed Transformation Program can help you accomplish your goals this year.But wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you!In This Interview, Mark Nepo and I discuss Connecting to What Matters and…His new book, The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What MattersThe value in cooperating, listening and working with things (rather than trying to bend them to our will)That “sin”, as literally translated, is the same as “opaque” or, “not seeing”That when we lose sight of the vastness to which we belong, succumbing to our narrow condition, we paint everything with the color of our troubleHow the surface of the ocean is what’s choppy and as we go down below the surface, we connect with the depth that is less tumultuous“Rightsizing” our perspective on troubles by putting them in a larger perspective of vastness and wholenessHow to move at the pace of what is real: synchronizing the moving pace of mind, heart, and body That the power of reading out loud is like the difference between reading sheet music and hearing it in our heads vs. actually playing the musicThat we meditate not to be great meditators, but to be clear vesselsHow we’ve become “addicted to the noise of things falling apart”That things are always simultaneously falling apart and coming togetherWe are challenged to honor what we’re going through while at the same time remembering that what we’re going through doesn’t define usAsking “What is actually happening?” so we might identify right actionWaiting for the cloud of fear to pass so that you can decipher what is actually dangerous How in the modern world we have catastrophized our relationship to the unknownThat the unknown can produce love and beauty just as it can produce difficulty and hardshipsThe truth that there is no “there”, there’s only “here”That often, when you can’t leave a difficult situation, you realize that everything you need is right hereThe menacing assumption that life is somewhere other than where we areThat out of fear, we make a god of survival. But without thriving, what’s the point?Mark Nepo Links:marknepo.comFacebookTwitterInstagramBeet Elite: Helps you to go further and longer when taken before your workout. to get 20% off your 1st purchaseSimpliSafe: Get comprehensive protection for your entire home with security cameras, alarms, sensors as well as fire, water, and carbon monoxide alerts. Visit Free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial.Skillshare is an online learning community that helps you get better on your creative journey. They have thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people. Get 2 FREE months of premium membership at  If you enjoyed this conversation with Mark Nepo on Connecting to What Matters,you might also enjoy these other episodes:Mark Nepo (2016 Interview)Lama Surya DasSharon Salzberg
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Feb 23rd, 1951
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1 hour, 55 minutes