From Cancer to Listening with an Open Heart: Mark Nepo's Reduced to Joy Featured in this Sunday's Marathon of Super Soul Sunday

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OWN's Super Soul Sunday will run a 10-hour special that includes the inspirational Mark Nepo and his collection of poetry, Reduced to Joy (Viva Editions 2013).

Mark Nepo and Oprah Winfrey

Mark Nepo and Oprah Winfrey

Mark Nepo's Reduced to Joy can change how you approach the challenge of any day. -

Oprah's interview with Mark Nepo, author of Reduced to Joy, will air as part of a special marathon on OWN TV this Sunday. Nepo will share how battling cancer led to a spiritual awakening, and how to listen with an open heart. Nepo also discusses what poetry means to him, and shares selected poems from Reduced to Joy, calling them "poems every woman needs to read."

Mark Nepo is emerging as one of the truly significant writers and thinkers of today. Nepo has a singular way of distilling great truths down to their essence. In his own words, “I’ve learned that if we can stay true to our experience and to each other, and face the spirit that experience and love carry, we will eventually be reduced to joy. Like cliffs worn to their beauty by the pounding of the sea, if we can hold each other up, all that will be left will be wonder and joy.” Moreover, during his cancer journey, Nepo relied on the power of expression and the writing process to keep him tethered to life. In Reduced to Joy, Mark Nepo explores the places where pain and joy are stitched to resilience, uncovering them with deep wisdom, poetic passages and personal revelations. Nepo reminds people of the secret and sacred places within, forgotten in the noise and chatter of our busy distracted 21st Century lives. Reduced to Joy is a lesson in stillness, in standing in the mystery and, above all, in the work of love.

"Mark Nepo's Reduced to Joy can change how you approach the challenge of any day."

Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark Nepo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening, has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His many books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV, and has been interviewed by Oprah as part of her SIRIUS XM Radio show, Soul Series. A highly popular workshop leader, Nepo travels internationally. He lives and writes in southwest Michigan.

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