Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery

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New World Library, Oct 18, 2010 - Religion - 264 pages
“Nature deficit disorder” has become an increasingly challenging problem in our hypermodern world. In Awake in the Wild, Mark Coleman shows seekers how to remedy this widespread malady by reconnecting with nature through Buddhism. Each short (two to three pages) chapter includes a concrete nature meditation relating to such topics as Attuning to the Natural World, Reflecting the Rhythms of Nature, Walking with Compassion, Releasing the Inner Noise, Freeing the Animal Within, Coming into the Peace of Wild Things, Weathering the Storms of Life, and more. Incorporating anecdotes from the author’s many nature retreats, Buddhist wisdom and teachings, important nature writings by others, and nature itself, the book invites readers to participate in, not just observe, nature; develop a loving connection with the earth as a form of environmental activism; decrease urban alienation through experiencing nature; embody nature’s peaceful presence; and connect with ancient spiritual wisdom through nature meditations.

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Originally from northern England, Mark Coleman has been engaged in meditation practice since 1982, primarily within the Insight meditation/Vipassana tradition, with influences of Advaita Vedanta and Dzogchen teachings. He's led Insight Meditation retreats since 1997, both at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California, where he's based, and throughout the United States, Europe, and India. Mark is passionate about his work facilitating meditation retreats in nature, which take place in the Sierras, the Southwest, Alaska, Mexico, and beyond. He also teaches contemplative retreats for environmental leaders. Mark has a mindfulness-based counseling practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he integrates his studies of psychotherapy and meditative work. He is currently developing a wilderness counseling program and a yearlong training in wilderness meditation work. He can be reached at

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