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Known for his penetrating books on resilience and suffering, poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor Mark Nepo continues to go deeper into what matters and to sift the wisdom that comes from confronting and recovering from the physical and spiritual challenges of life. In Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, he offers new lessons and insights on the importance of giving our full attention to all that life has to offer.
Written in Nepo’s beautiful, lyrical style, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen traces the story of his own hearing loss while unfolding a deeper understanding of how to listen to the world around us and to honor its connections to our internal life and callings. A moving exploration of self and our relationship to others, the book unpacks the many ways we are called to redefine ourselves and to name what is meaningful as we move through the changes that come from experience and aging and the challenge of surviving loss.
“Listening is the way we befriend the life we’re given,” Nepo writes, and he has structured the book around three lasting friendships: our friendship with wisdom, with experience, and with each other. By listening and tending to each, he explains, we can awaken to life and restore our vitality.
Filled with helpful instructions on how to return to what matters throughout the day, this enlightening book explores the many chances we have to listen and to be enlivened by what we hear. Ultimately, Nepo teaches us how to act wholeheartedly, so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom.
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By BigOakTree on 09-20-16
True North conversation
Real, honest, beautiful. The stepping down upon the Earth, and greater knowing, as if for the very first time but aided with a spiritual set of eyes that encourages me passed the dark passages of my life. That they are necessary. That light is found there. That it was in me all along.
Most of this beautiful conversation I have always felt but could never articulate it in such empathic, understanding, and concerning for the listener's ear. Mr. Nepo sounds like one of my favorite teachers, his confidence and belief in me, and what I can do for myself and the world, present in his every word built through his life experience.
I was sad to end such a beautiful conversation, to sit intently, and learn, and be moved. I am grateful, and yes, we will meet on another mountain top via some other trail, the way of yet another high pass!