Reduced to Joy

Behind the Thunder

I keep looking for one more teacher,
only to find that fish learn from water
and birds learn from sky.

If you want to learn about the sea,
it helps to be at sea.
If you want to learn about compassion,
it helps to be in love.
If you want to learn about healing,
it helps to know of suffering.

The strong live in the storm
without worshiping the storm.

Excerpted from Reduced to Joy by Mark Nepo, published by Viva Editions, ISBN: 978-1-936740-57-4, $15.95,

Reduced to Joy - Mark Nepo

About Mark Nepo:
Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark Nepo, the New York Times bestselling author 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. His new book, “Reduced to Joy” (Viva Editions, August 2012), gets to the stuff of happiness with deep wisdom, poems, and personal revelations that reminds us all of the secret and sacred places within, forgotten in the noise and chatter of our busy, distracted 21st century lives. Profound and accessible, Nepo’s writings are tools for staying close to what matters. For more information about Mark Nepo, please visit: