Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Grief

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One of the great truths in this life is that if we know love, we will know loss.

The more we love, the more the loss will hurt. Yet, if we don’t love, what’s the point in being here?

When we can courageously love with all our heart, the reward is that through that love we will know depths in our heart and being otherwise inaccessible. What a gift. Still, things will never be the same.


And who or what we have loved so deeply and lost will continue to be our teacher through our grief as our heart is rearranged yet again. I think that when someone or something we love dies, we who love them are drawn to the other side. In fact, grief is how we straddle for a time between life and death, a time that can't be measured in hours or days, a time in which the deeper truths come in like a wind through the breaks in our heart.


A Question to Walk With: Describe a grief you are experiencing and where it is taking you.

This excerpt is from my book in progress, The Ocean of Being.

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 Live.MarkNepo.com for details.

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