Gratitude is the antidote to self-pity, a spiritual practice so profound and accessible that it is frequently easy to overlook. And yet, as a wise man once said, “If life actually is a gift then the right response is “Thank you.’” When we learn to be grateful for life itself, to be glad for the chance to participate even when circumstances are painful, we experience a profound conversion, a turnaround from spiritual childishness (wanting what we want when we want it) to wisdom and maturity. How can we overcome bitterness toward life’s inevitable disappointments? What is the path of gratitude and how can we stay the course of gladness? We’re excited to have Mark Nepo as this month’s Guest Interview.
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Guest Interview with Mark Nepo
Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, 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 sixteen books and recorded eleven audio projects. Recent work includes The Endless Practice (Atria), cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2014, Inside the Miracle (Sounds True, 2015), his book of poems, Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions), cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2013, a 6CD box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in Reduced to Joy (Sounds True, 2014), and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (Atria), which won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award. Mark was part of Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Tour in 2014 and has appeared several times with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV. He has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. The Exquisite Risk was cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005, calling it “one of the best books we’ve ever read on what it takes to live an authentic life.” Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. He continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats.