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Our Walk in the World: Field Notes on Living

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Columnist Mark Nepo shares his field notes on living and insights found in his lifelong conversation with the Universe.

I’m excited to share these excerpts from my new book, Things That Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living, just published by Sounds True. These reflections are drawn from over fifty years of journaling. They are field notes on living, insights found in my lifelong conversation with the Universe. Quieting the Thieves Today I am sad, or so I thought. But more I am tired of keeping up with all that doesn’t matter. I’m sipping coffee, listening to rain. I like watching the leaves hang in long weather. I like to close my eyes and feel the rain quiet the earth. I welcome that quieting. I like to have my habits of going here and there interrupted. I was caught in the rain when coming here. The cool blotches sink in all over. The many lists I carry in my shirt are wet. I take them out to dry and all the tasks have blurred. At last. Unreadable. Forgettable. We carry these lists near our heart and finger them like worry beads. It doesn’t matter what is on them. They are the thieves and it is the insidious virtue to have everything in order before we live that is the greatest thief. I feel the rain drip …

Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

In May and June, Mark Nepo will be poet-in-residence for Choral Arts Northwest while teaching at Harmony Hill Retreat Center (both in Seattle); at the Sophia Institute in Charleston, South Carolina; at 1440 Multiversity near Santa Cruz, California; and at Copper Beech Institute in Hartford, Connecticut. See MarkNepo.comfor details.


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