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The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

  • The Book of Awakening Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy–an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness–that is both profound and clarifying. His spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and to savor the beauty offered by life’s unfolding. Reading his poetic prose is like being given second sight, exposing the reader to life’s multiple dimensions, each one drawn with awe and affection. The Book of

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  1. Anonymous
    74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A beautiful book!, November 14, 2015
    p.j. lazos

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    This review is from: The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have (Paperback)
    In The Book of Awakenings, Mark Nepo breaks open the harried existence we call life and folds it into bite-sized nuggets of wisdom that nudge us along toward expansion, a more open mind, a more indulgent spirit, all in service to elevating the soul. Nepo writes like a man who has crossed the desert and made it to the oasis for the revitalizing drink, then decided the oasis was a pretty fine place to be. A poet and philosopher by trade, Nepo is also a cancer survivor. While he fought the disease, life changed, became scary, possibly shorter, but decidedly different. Nepo suddenly saw the world through slow eyes, coming through the trauma more receptive and mature, and ultimately decided to write down his observations which turned out to be a boon for the rest of us. Just like tempered glass needs a little heat to coax it to its super state of existence, Nepo needed a little cancer to get his 3-D priorities right with his Soul.

    The work comes across as if time is infinite (spoiler alert: it is), so why not settle down and make note of a few things while you can. A calendar book, meaning you can read the day’s entry or you can skip around and read it in any order you like, The Book of Awakenings is not about deadlines, but lifelines. I am reading it slowly, savoring it like I would an expensive box of chocolates, but in orderly fashion, leaving randomness for the second round that I know there will be. You can’t absorb this book through a single read; it’s too rich with its lifetime worth of wisdom crammed into a bit more than 400 pages. The Book of Awakenings is a perfect read for anyone who feels as though they’re muddling through: losing life, losing purpose, losing love, identity, focus, or worse, the malaise has manifested as a dis-ease in the body and there you are, broken, alone, clueless as to how to break the cycle. It’s also perfect for someone with no problems, but many questions.

    If any of these scenarios sound like yours, I have a suggestion: read The Book of Awakenings. While not a guarantee of success — only you can do that — it will help you find a path in the worst of times. The Book of Awakenings shows you why everything is a blessing, even cancer, and why there is no such thing as curses, only cursed thinking, which with a little work can be changed. Nepo wants you to celebrate life by seeing the good in all things, but don’t misunderstand. This is not a touchy-feely self-help book. Rather, it’s a retreat for the mind and Soul that will provide the self-loving space for the body to follow.

    It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful book ever having been written. A modern day Rumi, Nepo meets you where you are and turns you from the outside in. You owe it to yourself to follow.

  2. Anonymous
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Special Daily Messages, April 13, 2018
    Haical Sajovic Haddad (San Francisco, CA)

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    Well, I feel gifted to have this gem in my hands. I say that because am only on my 4th month of this 365-daily reading rituals, and can sincerely say that it has positively impacted my life. First of all, it’s an early-morning motivational piece of advice we keep bringing every single day. It also creates such a positive habit to spend 10 minutes every morning working on something positive/mindful, helping us to set the direction of the day. It’s somehow special to have short steps for reflections/meditations/breaths at the end of each daily message in order to complement our daily message.

    Mark Nepo shares his journey in such a pure and sincere manner, empowering ourselves to be and love who we are. It’s a revealing journey, a company to bring wherever we are. It’s my first book from him, but I do believe his other books/writings are equally special.

    I purchased both the kindle and physical versions, so that it’s always with me wherever I go. I like the kindle version because we can download the books wherever we are, in all our devices. Besides that, it’s easy to find the passages we highlighted and took notes, and even to reread them afterwards. But again, having the physical book is just unique.

    Finally, as a side note, when I purchased it, I also gifted my good friend with the same book. Although we live in different countries at the moment, I do think of him every day when we both read the passage in our own time. I say that because it can be a unique present to a loved one.


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