To recognize your inherent wholeness is the heart of spiritual practice. To feel gratitude for your precious life, knowing that who you are is more than enough, is the bridge to an awakened life. This month, we’ll be talking about gratitude, sufficiency, contentment, and simplicity – a good subject on which to end the year. Where do you need to release your struggle? How can gratitude change your relationships and levels of anxiety? These themes are further discussed with both of this month’s guest speakers, Roger Housden and Mark Nepo, who add their own wisdom and awareness to the important role of gratitude in one’s life.
Seekers Session Recording
Guest Interviews with Roger Housden and Mark Nepo
Roger Housden grew up in the cleft of a Cotswold valley on the edge of Bath, England. From 1986-98 he founded and ran The Open Gate, a conference and workshop center in England that introduced the work of Ram Dass, Thich Nath Hanh, Jacob Needleman, James Hillman, Robert Bly and many others into Europe.
His work has been featured many times in The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. His first book was published in the U.K. in 1990, and as of 2014, he has published twenty two books, including four travel books, a novella, Chasing Love and Revelation, and the best-selling Ten Poems series, which began in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life and ended with the publication in 2012 of Ten Poems to Say Goodbye. His most recent book, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, came out in 2014. Maria Sharapova, the tennis star, has called his book Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living, “one of the most inspirational books I have ever read.”
He moved from his native England to the Bay Area in 1998 and while he misses England at times, especially the landscape, he has found a home here in the US and wakes up thankful every day for the Bay, Mount Tam, and the wonderful community of creatives and spiritual explorers that have been attracted to this corner of the world.
He now runs live and online writing workshops with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration.
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 eighteen books and recorded thirteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And 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.