Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Keep Trying

Take off your situation
and you are closer.

Take off the story you’ve
been told about yourself
and you are closer still.

Take off your dream of
compliance or rebellion
and you’re almost there.

Take off your name and
put your face in the stream
of all that wants to fill you.

A Question to Walk With: In conversation with a friend or loved one, describe the sense of your own being that exists below your name, your history, and where you live.

This excerpt is from my book of poems, The Tone in the Center of the Bell.

Mark Nepo’s new 3-session webinar will center on the gift and work of relationship—for it is only through the bonds of relationship that we can help each other stay awake. While no one can live your life for you, the deep paradox is that no one can make it alone. With our society fractured in so many ways, restoring the life of relationship is more crucial than ever. So, whether you are tending your relationship with a significant other, a friend, a family member, or a colleague, we each need to become skilled at empathizing with others without giving ourselves away. In this webinar, we will explore the inherent gifts and limitations of relationship and examine the recurring struggles that we must move through to stay authentic with ourselves and each other. All to build a better net of resilience between us. Visit for details.


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