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Facing the Lion, Being the Lion: Finding Inner Courage Where It Lives

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A work from the heart that calls us to look within and grow.

Facing the Lion, Being the Lion is work from the heart that helps us find our own courage and experience how connection to our own core connects us to all of humankind, as well as to nature and spirit itself. Nepo invites us to encounter the stories of ordinary people, political activists, artists, and spiritual

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Conari Press
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Ioana
Lovely phenomenological exploration of facing difficulty, ourselves, and each other with compassion, mindful attention, and acceptance. I loved the stories, anecdotes, poetry, and bits of history (stories about MLK, Jefferson) that Nepo used to illustrate his points.

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* focusing too much on relationship. YES, I absolutely agree that facing "the lion" (a challenge) by "being" the lion (with courage) is about accepting others, learning to love them in their entirety, being mindful
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Kat Kiddles
Feb 23, 2011 Kat Kiddles rated it it was ok
Nepo digs deep into the beds of fertile soil that make up our innate potential, wriggling long tendrils of exploration into the dirt like worms tunneling in search of moist warmth and nourishment. He turns the earth, showing you the pebbles that were once mountains, eventually destroyed by time and man. He brings up to the surface the tiny seedlings preparing for the sun’s maternal embrace, and implores you to scrounge up the patience to allow the seedlings to sprout.

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Janet
Feb 29, 2016 Janet rated it liked it
Not one of my favorites of Nepo's but nonetheless still damned good and important.
Diane
Dec 28, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
I saw this book advertized. Instead of buying it, I checked it out from the library. This book talks about courage. The author's premise is that the word courage is to stand by one's core. He includes many stories, from the lives of ordinary people, that illustrate his point. It is an interesting study.
Corrina
Sep 18, 2009 Corrina rated it it was amazing
This is an easy book to love. Each chapter is a gentle urging to stretch, from the inside out, into a bolder, more dynamic, more present life. It's one of those books you can just leave around for a while, then pick up and read another chapter and come away inspired and thoughtful.
Elisabeth
Nov 13, 2011 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
Mark Nepo has a way with words. I really enjoyed this small book on courage and how to live. It got a little abstract in places where I felt like more concreteness would have been helpful, but overall a wonderful read.
Saira Priest
Dec 13, 2012 Saira Priest rated it it was amazing
Loved it! For those who like to go deep. This book was deep. Read it nice and slow and give yourself time to meditate between each topic.
Cathy Rosenberg
Mar 26, 2008 Cathy Rosenberg rated it it was amazing
This is the most powerful book I have EVER read. It taught me so much about being a human being.
Deb
Mar 20, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration
Interesting - brings together lots of odds and ends of knowledge
Susan
Jul 12, 2012 Susan added it
Great book
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“…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” (p.275)” 48 likes
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