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Finding Inner Courage Paperback – February 1, 2011
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His core theme is courage and he leads an exploration that's centered on two facets. The first is how to get in touch with your core; that is, getting to know who you are, why you are that way, and then learning to just be yourself. He argues that this takes courage. We have to break through our ego attachments, the numbing of a thousand and one distractions, the reality of being spirit in a corporeal body, and shedding the inauthentic masks we wear to protect ourselves. These are significant tasks that require courage of self-reflection and a willingness to own what is ours. This is what he means when he talks about facing the lion.
Being the lion is the willingness and ability to show-up in the world while being true to our core. That extends to any and every situation where we have choices to make and where we interact with others. This is how he defines the spiritual life and notes that it isn't easy. There is risk in being misunderstood but the reward is a feeling of universal connection, not only with ineffable but with all of our fellows. Often the crucible is in relationships where Nepo asserts that we all screw-up and sometimes with considerable frequency. That's because of the inherent wear and tear of days.Read more ›
This book cannot be read just once and absorbed. It is like a pointillism painting where each point is a beautiful idea. The collection of ideas paint a cohesive portrait of spirit.
The thing that happens when someone has the courage to tell the truth as Mark Nepo does is that it makes everyone who reads it feel understood at last, validated, and not so alone. Mark, you gave me courage to keep following my dream and even to step up the action.
I think that this book probably tells everyone's truth many, many times. Mark, if you've been wondering what the gift is that you will give to the universe, you can stop wondering. Thank you so much.
This book, formerly called Facing the Lion, Being the Lion, is the best yet. Mark Nepo has a way of getting to what really matters most. Having endured a harrowing bout with cancer among other challenges, he writes in a way that is as convincing as it is eloquent.
Here is an example: "Often the instruments of change are not kind or just, and the hardest openness of all might be to embrace the change while not wasting our heart fighting the instrument. The storm is not as important as the path it opens, the mistreatment in one life never as crucial as the clearing it makes in our heart. This is very difficult to accept. The hammer or cruel one is always short lived compared to the jewel in the center of the stone."
Highly recommended for its power as well as its beauty.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best thing to read right before going to sleep. You will sleep beautifully. As usual, Mark Nepo did it again, creating possibility, inquiry, and inner peace. Thanks, Mark!Published 5 months ago by Donna Read
I read this book during I time in my life when my world was turned upside down from a divorce after 20+ years of marriage, a horrible custody battle and no prospects for a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the book if you are searching for inner courage. I definitely want to read more Mark Nepo books now.Published 9 months ago by Mike
A great book for someone like me looking inward for a long cancer fight.Published 12 months ago by Gregory S. Walter
Mark Nepo has done it again.... balm for the soul that needs soothing, encouragement for the soul that needs an infusion of courage. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Victoria C Leo
I love Mark Nepo' s writings. His words of wisdom and insight in this book are some of his best.Published 19 months ago by L. Davis