Reduced to Joy: The Journey from Our Head to Our Heart (Compact Disc)
Poetry and Inspiration for the Journey of Being Human
The infinitely varied journeys of our lives share a common destiny: to be worn of all that is not essential till we are reduced to joy. On "Reduced to Joy," bestselling author and poet-philosopher Mark Nepo invites you to join him in a poignant examination of "the gifts and challenges of being a spirit here on Earth," through six captivating sessions that address the vital task of discovering and returning to what matters.
Listening to the Teachers Hidden in Every Moment
Mark Nepo describes poetry as "the unexpected utterance of the soul." Every poem and by extension every moment can serve as a teacher, if we can attend to it with an open mind and heart. By sharing 56 original poems along with the insights of fellow writers, Mark brings us into our own living conversation with the teachers hidden in everything that we experience, in order to welcome their universal lessons. Over the course of this six-hour program, he reveals the genesis of his own poems, unpacks the stunning insights they hold, and encourages us to reflect both personally and with friends on how these empowering truths show themselves in the poetic revelations of our own lives.
There is a Sioux saying that the longest journey you will ever make in your life is from your head to your heart. No one is exempt from this great adventure. With "Reduced to Joy," Mark Nepo awaits as your guide to the place "where the glow of your heart touches everything it meets so you can't help but remember how dear it is to be alive."
HighlightsThe Longest Journey on doing, being, and awakening the source of genius withinTo Know By Heart on moving from depth to surface and "loving your window"The Art of Facing Things on the courage to say yes to life again and againWalking Together on authentic relationship and expanding the heart's perceptionMade from Bone on the promise of the inner world and our lineage of spiritThe Sublime Disturbance on that which causes us to live fully in the open.
About the Author
Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty years. Nominated for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, he has written several books. His The Exquisite Risk was cited by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005. He now serves as a Program Officer for the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan.