Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: You Taught Me

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When lost and unable to move,
you came and rubbed my shoulders
till my judgment of myself dispersed.

When too heavy with grief to fold the
laundry, you said, “Forget the dryer”
and hung the clothes on the line and
we watched the shirts and sheets
billow in the wind.

When ready to give up, you bought
me a small drum whose deep red tone
helped me re-hear the center of things.

Now you are broken and sad and I am
busy finding things for you because you
taught me that it’s the giving back and
forth that saves us.

Like mouth to mouth resuscitation,
we pass the breath of life from the
one who is lit to the one who is not.

A Question to Walk With: Describe a time when someone was there for you unconditionally and how that helped you find your way. Even if they already know, tell this person what they mean to you.

This excerpt is from my book of poems in progress, The Gods Visit.

New Webinar with Mark Nepo — The Fire of Aliveness. In this 3-series webinar, The Fire of Aliveness, Mark Nepo will teach about the challenges we face after such a long period of solitude. How do we open after being so closed? How do we reconnect after being so isolated? How do we know what to pick up and what to put down? In this series, Mark will address how we can be tender and fierce in our call to love each other, until justice and healing are the same thing. November 21, November 28, December 5 1-2:30 Eastern | 11-12:30 Pacific

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