The One Life We’re Given
About This Event
FINDING THE WISDOM THAT WAITS IN YOUR HEART
To have any chance of knowing joy,
we must love everything in the way.
As a poet, philosopher and beloved teacher, Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than forty years. Based on his new book, this workshop affirms how precious this one life is and opens the chance we have to be fully alive and to be of use to each other and the world. Drawn from his years of teaching, Nepo explores how our hard work and authenticity ready us for meaning and grace. He unfolds how our sincerity and labor help us to survive and thrive. The One Life We’re Given offers a path of soul work that can help us find our way, as Nepo puts it, “to discover the story behind the story, and to find what can last.”
By fully living the one life we’re given, we’re led to the wisdom that waits in our heart. There is no other way. To make the most of being here, we’re required to learn when to try and when to let go. This is our initiation into grace. The gift and practice of being human centers on the effort to restore what matters and, when in trouble, to make good use of our heart. No one quite knows how to do this, but learn it we must. Our path to love and truth depend on this journey.
This workshop will explore how we might truly inhabit the one life we’re given: by getting closer to life, loving what you do, finding what can last, and by being kind and useful. Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling and dialogue, Mark will delve into what it means to make our way through pain and sorrow, keeping our eyes open as we work our way into grace. Through conflict and joy, and love and loss, we’re asked to craft and weave our soul and our journey into the one life we’re given. This is how we become instruments of love.
“Working with you as readers and students is a path I am devoted to. This path is a continuous inquiry into what it means to be human, to be here, and to care for each other. My hope is that through this workshop you will deepen your conversation with life. That through your own path of obstacle and surprise, you will be opened to your gifts and become somewhat freed of all you carry. My hope is that this time together will support you in becoming skilled at living with both effort and grace.”
Bring a journal.