Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Resilience

Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Resilience

Given that I almost died from cancer, I have had several attribute my survival to some deep wherewithal within me that crisis awakened. But humbly, I must clarify the resilience that helped save my life was not just some reservoir within me. It did not come from me alone. But through facing what was mine to face, I was given access to much more than me. I think this is the paradox about resilience.


Only by being thoroughly and completely authentic can we access the well of all being and all souls, which then fills us and buoys us. Through inhabiting our humanness, with its gifts and limitations, our authenticity meets what we have in common with all souls and this is where resilience floods us—making us completely who we are and, at the same time, much more than who we are. The experience of resilience is a great example of effort meeting grace.



A Question to Walk With: Tell the story of someone who helped you discover your own resilience. What did they do to help you? How do you understand your own resilience? Where does it reside in you?

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


For a full calendar of upcoming events, visit:

Mark’s 2022 Calendar:

AUG 26-28: Mercy By the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison CT, weekend workshop, Reclaiming Our Humanity: Being Fierce and Tender in Our Call to Love, Fri 7-9:30PM EST Sat 9:30-5:30PM EST, Sun 9:30-1230PM-- IN PERSON

OCT 28-30: Harmony Hill Retreat Center, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity, A Weekend Retreat, IN PERSON

SEPT 16-18: Friday Night Reading and Weekend Retreat (Sat and Sun), Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity, The Sophia Institute, Charleston, SC, or call 843-720-8528,  -- IN PERSON

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