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Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo reflects on his spiritual journey, our polarized country, and how being open-hearted can change the world.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, which has sold more than a million copies worldwide, been translated into more than 20 languages, and is now in its 56th printing. Nepo began writing the spiritual daybook about a year after completing his cancer journey. He likens it to a “spiritual first aid kit” and says the book is meant to be a tool, “a companion, a soul friend.” It has served as a blueprint for spiritual practice for many, and Nepo says that he continues to learn from it even today. “All of the books I’ve written are really my teachers; I write about what I need to know more than what I already know. If I only wrote about what I knew, I would have written so little,” he says. “For me—and I talk about this in my work—writing is the way that I sing in conversation with life.” In terms of his own daily spiritual practice, Nepo has established a simple morning routine that enables him to mindfully set his intentions for the day. The first thing he does when he …

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