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Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred Hardcover – October 9, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: The Duchess Diaries
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 9.9.2012 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145167466X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451674668
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poet and self-help-heavy Nepo follows up his previous book of stories and musings, 2011’s As Far as the Heart Can See, with an equally thought-provoking exploration of the art of listening. This is a dense subject, and those familiar with Nepo’s style of writing will be glad that he revisits the familiar format of the short, intense chapter followed by meditation points and questions for reflection. Nepo divides the book into three major sections, “The Work of Being,” “The Work of Being Human,” and “The Work of Love,” each corresponding to a particular type of relationship with the world around us, and thus a different type of listening. These sections, along with further “pauses” between groups of chapters, encourage readers to work their way through the book in whatever sequence they find most interesting. Nepo’s background as a poet shines through in his writing, which can be truly beautiful, if sometimes cumbersome. Given the subject matter though, a little complexity is to be expected and, in this case, enriches the reader’s experience. --Taina Lagodzinski

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“If 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.” (Deepak Chopra, author of Spiritual Solutions)

“Ninety 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.” (Natalie Goldberg, author of Old Friend From Far Away and Writing Down the Bones)

“Nepo 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 comfort—and that's a rare find these days.” (Caroline Myss, author of Entering the Castle and Defy Gravity)

“Mark Nepo is a master of listening deeply to life’s experiences where essential messages for the soul can be found. In Seven Thousand Ways to Listen he 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.” (Rev. Ed Bacon, author, 8 Habits of Love; rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA)

““Listening is the doorway to everything that matters,” 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 anew—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.” -- Parker J. Palmer, author of Healing the Heart of Democracy, Let Your Life Speak, and A Hidden Wholeness

“This 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 Nepo’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.” —Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi teacher and author, Prayer of the Heart

More About the Author

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry, health, and spirituality for forty years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published fourteen books and recorded eight audio projects. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV, and has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Mark keynotes regularly for conferences and corporations, works with healing and medical communities, including chaplains and therapists, speaks and offers workshops for colleges and universities, and leads spiritual retreats.

In 1987, Mark was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. The heart of that journey and its aftermath has greatly informed his work. Ever since, he has been a student of all paths and his work has explored the common center and unity of all spiritual traditions, focusing on how we can experience that unity when we can lean into life and hold nothing back. Ultimately, he explores with others how to live wholeheartedly, so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom.

Please visit Mark at: www.MarkNepo.com, http://threeintentions.com and www.simonspeakers.com/MarkNepo.

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Customer Reviews

One of the few books I will read a second time.
Richard Raymond
It was a very interesting read, and it was quite thought-provoking.
Tracy Bellamy
Thanks to Mark Nepo for giving us such a lovely gift.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Louden on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love Mark as a person and writer. I love his poetry and his true humble heart. This book is so magnificent. It feels like a direct transmission of mystery when you read it. I have felt healed, expanded, and inspired reading it. I love that it goes into more width than The Book of Awakening - longer pieces, more flexible structure. My copy is underlined and dog eared, and will stay by my side for a long time. A keeper you will want to buy!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By fndtn357 on November 9, 2012
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Being unfamiliar with the author's style of writing, I was pleasantly surprised to see methods for achieving deeper listening. Each section has a reflective pause with practical ways to apply the simple truths in your own life, independently or with others.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Diane Petteway on November 24, 2012
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This book will lead you on a journey into your own heart, and will teach you new ways to listen to what you discover there. It will challenge you to go about your everyday tasks more fully, with more attention and more intention. I highly recommend to those who seek a deeper, more mindful path.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lee on January 31, 2013
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Many times I'll reread passages just to take in the beauty of what is being said, and the rich message of the author's intention. Highly recommend this book for those wanting to connect deeply with their inner life and how to embrace each moment with a fresh presence of listening.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lolo on December 11, 2012
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Mark Nepo is so good at diving deep with lovely, poetic words that take you to wonderful places in yourself. I am so loving this book!
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By David T. Killpack on January 21, 2013
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The message of the book is great, but sifting through all the dramatic prose wore me out. I can appreciate that Mark is a poet, but it seemed like every sentence contained a metaphor for something. Sometimes it is just better to write it simply, and not try to make every single sentence poetry.

There was way too much fluff for me. You get the impression that Mark likes to hear his own words, and thinks less about other listeners, as he used elaborate metaphors and prose to describe something that should be simple. It was rough for me to get through this book, but I did take away some insights. I would definitely not say that there is anything in this book that is unique, and cannot be found in books with less diluted context. The ideas and awakening concepts of this book, is common place to other books.

I preferred reading "The Art of Happiness" or the "Power of Intention" much more than this work. There are many, many other books that contain the message presented in "Seven Thousand Ways to Listen", but with less unnecessary wordiness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on January 4, 2013
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Mark Nepo's hard-won wisdom is lyrically transmitted in this book, and I am determined to linger over it for years to come. There is much here I will use with the teachers I work with in addition to the women in my practice. I am deeply thankful I begin the New Year in this time of transition in the company of this writer, with this book in my bag.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Drumheller Hoag on March 2, 2013
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I wanted to underline almost every sentence. It's very deep. It touches a part of the soul not many books touch.
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