Super Soul Sunday
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Posted: Wed 11/13/2013 12:00 AM
This Sunday, Mark Nepo joins Oprah in Hawaii to discuss why he believes listening with an open heart is the key to living a vibrant and meaningful life. Before then, read Mark's thoughts on how we can all listen to our own lives.
Listening is a personal pilgrimage that takes time and a willingness to lean into life. With each trouble that stalls us and each wonder that lifts us, we're asked to put down our conclusions and feel and think anew. Unpredictable as life itself, the practice of listening is one of the most mysterious, luminous and challenging art forms on earth. Each of us is by turns a novice and a master—until the next difficulty or joy undoes us.
In truth, listening is the first step to peace. When we dare to quiet our minds and all the thoughts we inherit, the differences between us move back, and the things we have in common move forward. When we dare to quiet the patterns of our past, everything starts to reveal its kinship and share its aliveness. And though we can always learn from others, listening is not a shortcut, but a way to embody the one life we're given, a way to personalize the practice of being human.
In real ways, we're invited each day to slow down and listen. But why listen at all? Because listening stitches the world together. 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. This is the work of reverence: to stay vital and alive by listening with an open heart.
Yet how do we inhabit these connections and find our way in the world? By listening our way into lifelong friendships with everything larger than us, with our life of experience and with each other.
Our friendship with everything larger than us opens us to the wisdom of Source. This is the work of being. Our friendship with experience opens us to the wisdom of life on earth. This is the work of being human. And our friendship with each other opens us to the wisdom of care. This is the work of love. We need to stay loyal to these three friendships if we have any hope of living an awakened life. These three friendships—the work of being, the work of being human and the work of love—frame the journey.
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Posted: Fri 05/24/2013 12:00 AM
Rounding out Oprah's panel for The Bigger Picture this Sunday is Mark Nepo. Tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN or on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv or Facebook.com/supersoulsunday for Mark's take on what we should really be paying attention to on the news. Before then, use Mark's profound teachings to learn about how to truly begin to know yourself and your place in the world.
About Mark Nepo
Mark Nepo is a philosopher, poet, teacher and cancer survivor. He is the author of 13 books and 8 audio projects and has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for more than 35 years.
The One Conversation
Mark says being who you truly are is a necessary adventure that can unlock everything about yourself.
Learn more about the one conversation every person needs to have >>
Find Your Calling
As part of her morning ritual of meditation and prayer, Oprah reads Mark's Book of Awakening. Here, she shares a lesson she learned about honoring your calling.
Read Oprah's reflections >>
Because part of Oprah's morning ritual is reading Mark's Book of Awakening, we asked him to explain how imperative it is to find the vitality that brings us all alive.
How to discover your deepest-held belief >>
Who Are You?
Mark says the practice of being human is the practice of coming awake, staying awake and returning to wakefulness when we go to sleep.
Find out how to get back to who you really are >>
The Power of Listening
It's a simple act that Mark says is the first step to peace. Listening, he says, can stitch the world together and open the door to everything that matters.
Start listening to your life today >>
The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
It's a book Oprah loves so much, she made it one of her favorite things in 2010!
Watch as Oprah reads one of her favorite passages >>
Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo
Mark's new book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, is now available from Simon & Schuster in hardcover and as an audiobook and download.
Posted: Mon 05/20/2013 12:00 AM
This Sunday, join Oprah and three dynamic thought leaders for the first in a special series of "Super Soul Sunday" episodes we're calling The Bigger Picture, a panel discussion about today's top global headlines, bringing unique and thoughtful perspectives to world news topics ranging from prescription drugs to terrorism, gun violence and our fascination with celebrity culture.
Tune in Sunday, May 26, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN, or join our worlwide simulcast on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv or Facebook.com/supersoulsunday.
Posted: Sun 01/22/2012 10:01 AM
This week on Super Soul Sunday, Oprah sat down with three spiritual thinkers—Dr. Wayne Dyer, the Rev. Ed Bacon and Mark Nepo—for thoughtful and inspiring conversation. Watch some of our favorite moments from these intriguing interviews.
Posted: Thu 01/19/2012 09:33 AM
In the interviews I've been blessed to have with Oprah, we seem to enter what I would call the "One Conversation," the one ongoing story of how we spend our time on earth. All our lives contribute to this conversation. All our stories contribute to the one ongoing story. Let me share some reflections on where that conversation has been taking me.
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