This week we talk to Mark Nepo about the mysteries of life
Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher and cancer survivor who has taught in the fields of poetry, health, and spirituality for forty years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published numerous books and 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 book The Book of Awakening is considered a modern spiritual classic. His latest book is called Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness
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In This Interview Mark Nepo and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable
- Thinking of things as life affirming or life draining versus good and bad
- How none of us really understands the mystery of life
- How controlling and counting cuts off our access to the present moment
- Resisting inflating or deflating ourselves
- The real meaning of humility
- How only the heart can synthesize our experience
- The role and definition of paradox
- Substituting what is familiar for what is true
- The critical role of dialog and relation in a spiritual practice
- Viewing questions as a doorway to enter
- Difficulties as a path to openness
- Being a ‘spiritual warrior’
- The ‘terrible knowledge’
- How the knowledge of impermanence can ground us
- Balancing ambition and contentment
- Not choosing between becoming and being
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A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.