Thrown Back

by Mark Nepo

Twenty-six years ago, the tumor growing in my skull vanished and I was thrown back in the streets like Lazarus. Today the rain is a fine mist and I open my face for a long time, receiving water from the sky. All I can say is perhaps falling in love with the world is the bravest thing we can do. I only know that my heart grows stronger every year, a muscle gaining each time I love. This rush of life is all we have and still we struggle to get out of it. Like fish we labor to make it to the sand as if that shore were Heaven. And when thrown back, we can grow bitter if we think we’ve failed or be humbled to accept that waking tomorrow in all of this is being saved.

A Question to Walk With: In conversation with a loved one or friend, describe one way you’ve been asked to accept the nature of life.

Reprinted from Patheos with Mark Nepo’s permission.

As a cancer survivor, Mark Nepo devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published 12 books and recorded six audio projects which have been translated into 18 languages. Mark will lead the retreat, Finding Inner Courage, at Copper Beech Institute October 21-23, 2016.

Copper Beech Institute is the nation’s newest retreat center for mindfulness and contemplative practice offering more than 50 transformational programs to foster peace, resilience, and compassion in everyday life. 

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