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5 Questions for Mark Nepo

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Diagnosed with cancer almost 30 years ago, author Mark Nepo shares his transformative healing experience in his new book Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness.1. What compelled you to reflect on this significant time in your life after so many years?One of the mysteries of being human is that healing is a process that never ends. And I remain committed to surfacing the lessons of transformation as they continue to shape the lens that life has given me. Since everyone endures some form of suffering, the stories and lessons here are for everyone.2. How can an open heart alleviate suffering amid the reality of so much pain?As fish must keep their gills open in order to survive moving through the water, humans must keep their heart open in order to move through the difficult and wondrous river of experience. Letting life move through an open heart is how we make medicine out of our suffering.3. In what ways does a crisis like illness deepen your relationship to God?Obstacles in general unravel the way we see the world. For me, having cancer scoured my lens of perception, landing me i …

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Alma Tassi

Alma Tassi has written for several magazines and edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women's issues.

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