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Mark Nepo describes deep listening as a very active and engaging process, a pilgrimage of sorts. It is an act of opening our hearts to whatever is before us. This is ultimately a transformative journey that is constantly unfolding and emerging. Deep listening informs our friendships, our giving and receiving, our place in the web of relationship with all life. We find our own footing when we’ve been truly seen and witnessed. Here, Nepo gives many examples of deep listening and how it can lead us to more effective lives. He shares how nature can be our teachers and describes the ocean as having “incredible power and yet, at the same time, it is so sensitive and gentle that if you stick your finger in it, it will register that ripple across the entire mass of it. It’s clear, it reflects everything that looks into it. It accepts everything that enters it without losing any of itself. It is formless and yet it doesn’t lose who or what it is. This is a great teacher for us to know we can be who we are without needing to insist on our identity.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who, for over three decades, has been teaching in the fields of poetry and spirituality. As a cancer survivor, Mark remains committed to the usefulness of daily inner life. He devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship.
Mark Nepo is the author of 18 books including:
To find out more about the work of Mark Nepo go to www.marknepo.com.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 12/6/2013 Program Number: 3490
From Album: Fresh Impressions Artist: Georgia Kelly and Steven Kindler 1987 Global Pacific Records #GPD 329
Opening Essay: Track 01 Sicilienne by Eric Satie Music Break 1: Track 09 Pastorale d'eté by Arthur Honegger Music Break 2: Track 05 Gnossienne #2 by Eric Satie Music Break 3: Track 06 Gnossienne #3 by Eric Satie
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