Productive Flourishing
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Mark Nepo: Navigating Storms of the Human Experience (Episode 247)

Mark Nepo: Navigating Storms of the Human Experience (Episode 247)

Key Takeaways:

[4:17] Mark talks about the experience of almost dying from a rare form of lymphoma when he was in his 30s, and how it was the introduction to facing the unavoidable work of the friction that comes with life.

[5:32] We must face what is done to us, but we are more than what has been done to us.

[5:41] Mark talks about how the pandemic showed our generation it’s time to learn to choose love over fear, and compassion over self-interest.

[11:20] One of the first “faults” goes back to the Industrial Revolution, where this is the first time in history that where we live and work is separated.

[17:16] Reality TV is our present-day virtual Colosseum.

[27:23] Often spiritually, the safest place is in the center.

[28:09] Every one of us has a daily and perennial choice between love and fear. But there’s a difference between letting fear move through you and obeying it.

[34:38] Through solitude, we restore our direct connection to the universe, and through relationships, we restore the wonder of being human and compassion and kindness.

[37:11] The bad news is we’re always falling. The good news is there’s no bottom.

[47:56] Mark’s challenge and invasion: inhabit life fully by being as open-hearted and as loving as possible. This will require courage, strength, and kindness.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Productive Flourishing

Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done, by Charlie Gilkey

The Academy

Momentum App

Mark Nepo

Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength To Meet Adversity, by Mark Nepo

The Social Dilemma

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day, by Jay Seti

No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing (formerly the Creative Giant Show) explores how to do the work that matters to become your best self in the world. Host Charlie Gilkey and occasional co-host Angela Wheeler take listeners on a deep dive into the lives of leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs who are thriving in life and business by doing work that matters. Listen in to see how they cultivate meaning, success, and happiness as well as their approach to productivity, business, health, and the challenges (yes, even the deep, dark ones) that show up in their lives.