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Our Walk in the World: Heart and Path

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Beneath all our noise and trouble, the secret of life is waiting to be discovered, the way a pearl grows in a shell at the bottom of the ocean long before the diver enters the water.

As all of life is encoded in the strands of DNA, all of life is reflected in the face of a clear heart. Our journey asks us to discover the relationship between our heart and path by extracting lessons from what we feel. Because feeling is the only way to know that we’re truly here. We try to make further sense of everything by turning what we feel into ideas, words, and conversations. Yet when confused or lost, we can only be restored by the original experience of our heart and what it says to us directly.  Though you may find a common language with others, the goal of uncovering the language of your heart is not to have everyone speak your language, but to help you be you, to be the small sun you are, so you can emanate in all directions. And though you may be heard by others, the purpose of uncovering the language of your heart is not to be heard, but to inhabit life and embody your aliveness. Beneath all our noise and trouble, the secret of life is waiting to be discovered, the way a pearl grows in a shell at the bottom of the ocean long before the diver enters the water. In just this way, th …

This excerpt is from The One Life We’re Given (Atria).

In March and April, 2018, Mark Nepo will be teaching at ABC Carpet & Home in New York City and at Pine Manor Retreat Center in Lake Elsinore, California, and keynoting at the New Living Expo in San Francisco. See MarkNepo.com for details.


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.


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