Mark Nepo

in conversation with Brooke Warner

Recorded July 25th, 2020

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Mark Nepo in conversation with Brooke Warner
Saturday, July 25, 2020

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Mark Nepo‘s #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening is the result of his journey of the soul, speaking of spirit and friendship, and urging readers to stay vital and in love with this life, no matter the hardships

Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published twenty-two books and recorded fifteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. In 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity. And In 2017 Mark became a regular columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine.

Mark’s recent work includes The Book of Soul (St. Martin’s Essentials, 2020); Drinking from the River of Light (Sounds True, 2019); More Together Than Alone (Atria, 2018) cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2018; Things That Join the Sea and the Sky (Sounds True, 2017), a Nautilus Book Award Winner; The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting (Sounds True, 2016), a Nautilus Book Award Winner; The One Life We’re Given (Atria) cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2016; Inside the Miracle (Sounds True) selected by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the top ten best books of 2015; The Endless Practice (Atria) cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2014; and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (Atria), which won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award.

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster, and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly.

“Meaning art, enduring art — and the transformative process it awakens — keeps us alive.” – Mark Nepo 

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    How can your teachings be applied to anti-racism work? What role does spirituality have in the movement?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    At this time, so many Americans are experiencing a sense of grief—whether that’s from the pandemic and shelter in place orders, the resulting economic hardships, or the racial injustices that have been playing out in the news—what advice do you have for someone listening who may be feeling isolated and anxious right now?

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    How do we best show up as our authentic selves?

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    What work of art or writing has moved you recently?

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    What routines or rituals surrounding writing habits do you have, if any ? (opening yourself to write, times of day, etc. )

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    How would you describe your Spiritual beliefs and what do you believe happens when you die?

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    Mark, I love your work, it is very inspiring and brings a stillness to my life that is much needed. In reading the Book of Awakenings to my partner, she has often commented how you speak of your cancer so much. How do you stay present while acknowledging and even honoring your past, without being tethered to it? What would you say to my partner if she said “Hey Mark, why do you always speak of your cancer and your mom?

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    You’ve written non-fiction, fiction, and poetry titles, which genre comes easiest for you and why?

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    Can you speak to surrendering to a loved one’s illness and pain? To finding peace when you can’t control another’s path.

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    Mark, in what ways do you see yourself most different and also the most similar to when you were an undergrad at Cortland State in the early 70s?

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    Your Book of Awakenings was the tool I used as my entry into meditation and I have had some profound spiritual experiences, are there any you encountered that you could share with us?

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    Hi Nark Mepo, what guidance do you offer to help keep our soul anchored in these trying times ? ✨✨✨

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    How has nature informed your worldview and teachings?

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    What was the name of your favorite book?