Mark Nepo: Things That Join the Sea and the Sky

08-28-17  Mark Nepo: Things That Join the Sea and the Sky

With Things That Join the Sea and the Sky, Mark Nepo brings us a rich and compelling resource of short prose reflections to turn to when we’re struggling to keep our heads above water—and to help us surface and breathe into all of our sorrows and joys. 17 themes, intended to be entered individually or as an unfolding sequence. Here, Mark’s own personal accounts of “sinking and being lifted” serve as the seeds for each selection, each unfolding insight relevant to our own lives.

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry, health, and spirituality for forty years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published fourteen books and recorded eight audio projects. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV, and has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. www.marknepo.com

Encore: Philip Shepherd: New Self New World

08-07-17  Encore: Philip Shepherd: New Self New World

There is an unseen paradigm in our culture that affects everything we do. It sows anxiety into our daily lives, skews our experience of what it means to be human, and disrupts our relationship with the natural world. The problem is, the paradigm is something we have come to accept as a given – so normal to us that it remains invisible, even as it confines and drives and frustrates us. New Self, New World exposes the deficiencies of that paradigm, traces the roots of its inception to the Neolithic Revolution, and pinpoints the way we live in our heads as the most evident and damaging expression of it.

Philip Shepherd’s life has been shaped by questions. As a teenager he cycled alone through Europe, the Middle East, Iran and India on the way to Japan to study classical Noh theatre. Since then he cofounded and written for an arts magazine, Onion; cofounded and directed an interdisciplinary theatre company; taught numerous workshops; written two internationally produced plays and a documentary for CBC television; trained in Butoh dance and toured Canada; acted in feature films opposite Mandy Patinkin and Delroy Lindo (Strange Justice) and Jon Voight (Jasper Texas); and earned a reputation as a corporate coach. www.philipshepherd.com

Encore: Ellen Gunter: Healing Our Broken Connection to the Earth

07-31-17  Encore: Ellen Gunter: Healing Our Broken Connection to the Earth

It’s clear that the unimaginable future that Rachel Carson warned us about in 1962 in her best-seller, Silent Spring, has become our daily reality. On a colossal and historic scale—from our water, air, and soil to the factory-grown food which no longer nourishes us—all is definitely not well on our planet, and each of us can sense that. Ellen Gunter’s New book, Reunion, not only offers a way to look at the global reality we all share; it also provides a path to understanding how this came to be and what each of us can do—individually and together—to bring our earth, and ourselves, back to wholeness.

ELLEN GUNTER is a writer, spiritual director and environmental advocate. She worked as a journalist and consultant to hightech industries for twenty years before leaving that world to begin a ten-year course of study with some of today’s greatest spiritual teachers, including Caroline Myss, Andrew Harvey, and Thomas Merton scholar James Finley. Most recently her journey took her on a nearly three-year research and writing project which became REUNION: How We Heal Our Broken Connection to the Earth. She lectures and writes about the connections between spirituality and the environment.

Encore: Joan Borysenko: It’s Not the End of the World

07-24-17  Encore: Joan Borysenko: It’s Not the End of the World

Joan Borysenko wrote her latest book to teach you how to hold fear in the palm of your hand without being burned by its fire. ‘Whatever maybe going on for you…it is not the end of the world. It is a call to the genius that lies asleep within you – within all of us – a genius that is ready and able to re-create the world.’

Joan Borysenko, distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine, is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. www.joanborysenko.com