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Jan 12, 2021

How are you finding self-compassion + inner courage through these challenging times?

I am truly blessed to have today's guest, Mark Nepo, back on the show for the fourth time!

Mark has a beautiful and knowledgeable soul, and he is by far one of my most significant teachers- as I know he is to millions across the globe.  With over a million copies sold, Mark Nepo has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening.  Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller," and "an eloquent spiritual teacher."

His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages.  A bestselling author, he has published twenty-two books and recorded fifteen audio projects.  In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation.  In 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN's SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity. 

Mark and I dive into how he's navigating through these uncertain times; and how we are all being asked to become more intimate with the unknown. We talk about how self-compassion will be essential on any journey, especially our journey through the pandemic.

Mark shares in-depth and explains how stillness can drastically give us perspective and what it truly means to know stories by heart, and he reveals how to have the generosity of spirit with others, the ways we can support ourselves through art, and what he truly wishes for in 2021.

In this Episode You’ll Learn: 

  • How Mark is navigating through these uncertain times [ 4:00 ]
  • The importance of self-compassion on our journey [ 18:10 ]
  • The ways that stillness can change our perspective [ 24:55 ]
  • What it truly means to know something by heart [ 34:00 ]
  • How we can have the generosity of spirit with someone that we disagree with [ 41:40 ]
  • The ways we can support ourselves through art [ 51:55 ]
  • Why Mark writes about what he needs to know [ 60:45 ]
  • How Mark restores himself after writing [ 68:20 ]
  • What makes us a lightning rod for the unconscious [ 76:30 ]
  • What Mark wishes for in 2021 [ 79:55 ]


Soul Shifting Quotes: 

  • “How do we get up one more time than we fall down?”
  • “How do we listen one more time than we speak?”
  • “We are more together than alone.”
  • “The unknown brings love and wonder.”
  • “No one view is enough.”
  • “Everyone has to survive and thrive.”
  • “When we can be thoroughly ourselves, that’s when we start to receive the truth and experience of others.”


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Tag me in your big shifts + takeaways: @amberlilyestrom 

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