Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 9, 2012 - Self-Help - 288 pages
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MARK NEPO MOVED AND INSPIRED millions of people with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening, a spiritual daybook that draws on his awakening through cancer to offer life lessons from all the spiritual traditions. In his continuing exploration of the human journey, Nepo has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” In his latest book, he inquires into the endless ways we are asked to listen. Experiencing hearing loss himself, Nepo affirms that listening is one of the most mysterious, luminous, and challenging art forms on Earth: “Whatever difficulty you face, there are time-tried ways you can listen your way through. Because listening is the doorway to everything that matters. It enlivens the heart the way breathing enlivens the lungs. We listen to awaken our heart. We do this to stay vital and alive.”

In Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Nepo offers ancient and contemporary practices to help us stay close to what is sacred. In this beautifully written spiritual memoir, Nepo explores the transformational journey with his characteristic insight and grace. He unfolds the many gifts and challenges of deep listening as we are asked to reflect on the life we are given. A moving exploration of self and our relationship to others and the world around us, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen 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.

Filled with questions to reflect on and discuss with others and meditations on how to return to what matters throughout the day, this enlightening book teaches us how to act wholeheartedly so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom. Seven Thousand Ways to Listen weaves a tapestry of deep reflection, memoir, and meditation to create a remarkable guide on how to listen to life and live more fully.
 

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Contents

Beyond Our Awareness
5
Keeping What Is True Before Us
16
The Gift in Receiving
22
A Reality That Keeps Unfolding
28
How Do We Listen to All That Is Not Said?
36
In the Presence of Sages
51
Entering Silence
61
A Conversation with the Elements
68
Outwaiting the Clouds
150
Untangling the Net
160
Playing Hands with God
166
The Work of Love
179
How We Injure Ourselves
190
In the Hut We Call the Self
198
The Endless Search
210
Not Getting What We Want
220

One Living Sense
75
Deep Listening
83
The Work of Being Human
93
Restoring Confidence
103
Going Back into the Fire
113
What Happens When You Really Listen
120
Being Articulate
127
The Call of the Soul
133
Seasons of Listening
139
The Stilling of Our Pain
226
A Closer Geography
234
To Endure and Endear
240
Wandering Authentically
247
No Strangers in the Heart
255
Gratitudes
261
Interviews with Mark Nepo
281
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Mark Nepo is the author of eighteen books, including Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, The Endless Practice, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Mark traveled the country with Oprah Winfrey on her sold-out 2014 “The Life You Want” tour and has appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV). He lives in southwest Michigan. Visit him online at MarkNepo.com and ThreeIntentions.com.

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