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“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.
“Marc Coleman shows us how mindful awareness tools can open the sacred book of nature and help us to breathe the invigorating air of wakefulness, extending meditation far beyond the cushion and into the great outdoors of life itself. Rooted in the author's spiritual experience, these practical instructions and insights plumb our innate natural resources, highlight the bigger picture, and illumine the infinite expanse of our hearts and minds.”
— Surya Das, author of The Snow Lion's Turquoise Mane and Awakening the Buddha Within
“In Awake in the Wild, Mark Coleman has done us all a great service. His words carry us along, like a clear-running mountain stream, into the beauty of nature, the power of silence, and the depth of meditative awareness. His great love of the wilderness opens us to the liberating dharma of the natural world. This book is a joy to read.”
— Joseph Goldstein, author of One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism
“This book takes us on a journey to an authentic and joyous freedom. It is a wonderful and important new work that uses nature to illuminate truths that can change our life: the poignancy and the opportunity of transience, the value of loving even that which we cannot control, the importance of opening beyond what we have been comfortably enclosed by.”
— Sharon Salzberg, author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience