The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark NepoSign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Error rating book. Refresh and try again.
The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
There is a Buddhist precept that asks us to be mindful of how rare it is to find ourselves in human form on Earth. It is really a beautiful view of life that offers us the chance to feel enormous appreciation for the fact that we are here as individual spirits filled with consciousness, drinking water and chopping wood. It asks us to look about at the ant and antelope, at the worm and the butterfly, at the dog and the castrated bull, at the hawk and the wild lonely tiger, at the hundred-year-old oak and the thousand-year-old patch of ocean. It asks us to understand that no other life form has the consciousness of being that we are privilege to. It asks us to recognize that of all the endless species of plants and animals and minerals that make up the Earth, a very small portion of life has the wakefulness of spirit that we call "being human. That I can rise from some depth of awareness to express this to you and that you can receive me in this instant is part of our precious human birth. You could have been an ant.
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Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy--an escape from. His spiritual daybook is a. Reading his poetic prose is like being given second sight, exposing the reader to life's multiple. The Book of Awakening is the result of his journey of the. Nepo speaks of spirit and friendship, urging readers to stay. Encompassing many traditions and voices, Nepo's words. Each entry is accompanied by an exercise that will surprise and delight.
Mark Nepo wrote the book more than a decade ago, in response to his journey through cancer a decade before that. That experience led him to create a day book not only for people going through life-threatening situations but for everyone. I had a commitment to create a book that could serve up inner food, that could be turned to as a spiritual first-aid kit. The premise of the book is that people everywhere have a wisdom of their own and the book is there to guide them to their own wisdom. The Book of Awakening is a modern classic, speaking to the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers.