Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (eBook)


MARK NEPO MOVED AND INSPIRED millions of people with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening, a spiritual daybook that draws on his awakening through cancer to offer life lessons from all the spiritual traditions. In his continuing exploration of the human journey, Nepo has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” In his latest book, he inquires into the endless ways we are asked to listen. Experiencing hearing loss himself, Nepo affirms that listening is one of the most mysterious, luminous, and challenging art forms on Earth: “Whatever difficulty you face, there are time-tried ways you can listen your way through. Because listening is the doorway to everything that matters. It enlivens the heart the way breathing enlivens the lungs. We listen to awaken our heart. We do this to stay vital and alive.”

In Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Nepo offers ancient and contemporary practices to help us stay close to what is sacred. In this beautifully written spiritual memoir, Nepo explores the transformational journey with his characteristic insight and grace. He unfolds the many gifts and challenges of deep listening as we are asked to reflect on the life we are given. A moving exploration of self and our relationship to others and the world around us, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen unpacks the many ways we are called to redefine ourselves and to name what is meaningful as we move through the changes that come from experience and aging and the challenge of surviving loss.

Filled with questions to reflect on and discuss with others and meditations on how to return to what matters throughout the day, this enlightening book teaches us how to act wholeheartedly so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom. Seven Thousand Ways to Listen weaves a tapestry of deep reflection, memoir, and meditation to create a remarkable guide on how to listen to life and live more fully.

About the Author

Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher, and author of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV) and has been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. He lives in southwest Michigan. Visit him online at and

Praise for Seven Thousand Ways to Listen…

eoeIf you live the questions, life will move you into the answers. Mark Nepo offers you a map to explore the sacred in your own being.e
-Deepak Chopra, author ofSpiritual Solutions

eoeNinety percent of writing is listening. To receive the world and to receive ourselves. In this book Nepo has generously taught us how to listen. Do the reflective exercises he suggests to lead you deeply down the path.e
-Natalie Goldberg, author ofOld Friend From Far Awayand Writing Down the Bones

eoeNepo has mastered a unique way of inviting the reader into a meditative state while reading his sublime wisdom about everyday life. I found his work a comforte"and that's a rare find these days.e
-Caroline Myss, author ofEntering the Castle andDefy Gravity

eoeMark Nepo is a master of listening deeply to lifee(TM)s experiences where essential messages for the soul can be found. InSeven Thousand Ways to Listenhe shares his wisdom with us. Mark gives us hope that we can live more vital lives through our own careful listening to our depths. Pain excavates those depths where life is trying to awaken our authentic self. Visiting the pain in our lives is made more meaningful when we can do so with a spiritual master like Mark Nepo. I find myself wanting to keep this book near me for frequent consultation and meditation.e
-Rev. Ed Bacon, author,8 Habits of Love; rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA

eoeeoeListening is the doorway to everything that matters,e claims Mark Nepo. In a world where we try to make ourselves known by making noise, that's a revolutionary claim. Revolutionary but true. Read this beautiful book and learn to listen anewe"to those closest to you, to strangers, to nature, to your own heart, and to the great silence. Everything that matters is found on the other side of the noise, and this book, written by a master listener, can help us find our way to it.e
-Parker J. Palmer, author ofHealing the Heart of Democracy, Let Your Life Speak,andA Hidden Wholeness

eoeThis profound and lyrical book teaches us the lost art of listening. And as we learn to listen, we open to the myriad voices of life and the silent mysteries of the soul and begin to sense the truth of being alive. Mark Nepoe(TM)s words are always like choice wine for the soul, to be sipped slowly, allowing their flavor into all the secret places of our being. Beneath and between his words we can hear this greatest wonder we call life. This is the real gift of this wonderful book.e
-Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi teacher and author,Prayer of the Heart

"A consummate master of telling stories and parables about people's hopes, dreams, yearnings, fears, sorrows and triumphs... Nepo has written a masterwork on the spiritual practice of listening."
-Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice,

"Oprah Winfrey has said that the writing of Mark Nepo takes her breath away. She's not alone: His Book of Awakening and Finding Inner Courage have been word-of-mouth bestsellers in our bookstores and online. Seven Thousands Way to Listen, his latest effort, displays the deep synergy of his poetry and thought. His attentiveness to the natural lyricism of life is conveyed in language that is both memorable and profound. Both autobiographical and philosophical, this marvelous work teaches us to respond to the physical and spiritual challenges of life."

"This masterpiece on listening comes at a vital time when divisions in American run rampant around politics, race, and religion."
-Debra Moffitt, BeliefNet, author of Awake in the World

"Mark Nepo is a Great Soul. His resonant hearte"his frank and astonishing voicee"befriend us mightily on this mysterious trail."
-Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Youand Yours, 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle

"Mark Nepo is one of the finest spiritual guides of our time."
-Parker J. Palmer, author of A Hidden Wholeness and The Courage to Teach

"Mark Nepo ise an insightful religious thinker and a decidedly credible voice of contemporary spiritualitye an eloquent spiritual teacher."
-Herbert Mason, Professor of History and Religious Thought, Boston University, translator of Gilgamesh, A Verse Narrative

eoeA meditative approach to silencing the worlde(TM)s noisee. Readers receive tools necessary to slow down and learn to listen in a deep, meaningful waye. Nepo provides through methods for reaching deeper into the inner self.e

"Thought-provoking exploration of the art of listening. Nepoe(TM)s background as a poet shines through in his writing, which can be truly beautiful."

Product Details ISBN-13: 9781451674699
Published: Atria Books, 10/09/2012
Language: en

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