The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, by Mark Nepo. This book has been on my shelf for a while and I pick it up when I need a meditation guide. It contains daily essays written by cancer survivor Mark Nepo. He describes the book like this: “This book is meant to be of use, to be a companion, a soul friend…

It has helped me know and use my heart.” Here is a bit from the entry on 17 August: “In every space opened when what we want gets away, a deeper place is cleared in which the mysteries can sing. If we can only survive that pain of being emptied, we might yet know the joy of being sung through.” AMEN!