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When we lose the big perspective, we are half awake in our life, lost in a thousand errands, and our small self, not truly free. "Like the sudden glimpse of the full moon," Awake in the Wild opens the walls. Its simple mindfulness derives from the lineage of awakening in nature that I encountered in the ancient forest monasteries of Thailand. There the Buddhist words for truth and nature are synonyms. Living in a hut amidst teak trees and cobras, jungle vines and wild deer, my teachers Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Buddhadasa taught that wisdom and compassion would grow through the mirror of the forest itself.
It is the same, wherever we live. Mark Coleman says, "Simply take in a tree with all your senses." What a delicious instruction, as if we've been on a diet for too long. Let yourself become intimate with a local spruce or redwood, larch or oak, take in the weathered, textured bark, the shimmer of the leaves. Meander in the wilds of your neighborhood, then go further, deliberately, out into the wilderness. Open your senses, go barefoot, embrace the wind and hills like a lover. How better to quiet the mind and open the heart?
Read Awake in the Wild slowly, not in a passive way, but as instructions to your heart. Try the practices. Improvise, see anew, play, be joyful, be amazed. And from these good words may you realize your interconnection with all things and be free.
Blessings, Jack Kornfield Spirit Rock Meditation Center 2006
Lots of wonderful insights, imagery and a tie in with mindfulness and Buddhist practice. I am still reading it now.Published on October 21, 2013 by Leslie Tizer
I ordered this at the recommendation of a friend. However, I did not feel like it offered any new insights. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Jan
I have enjoyed the insight this book give on contemplation in nature and how everyone needs natural environment to help achieve inner peace. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by John Stricklen
It's good, a little repetitive but the book doesn't seem like the type that is meant to be read from cover to cover. You must pick and choose your meditations.Published on April 24, 2013 by Sonja Klevenow-Anderso
I will pass on this author. The concepts were too abstract, and I thought there have been more focus on nature related issues.Published on March 23, 2013 by rich m