Mark Coleman is an author and senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Mark holds a MA in Clinical Psychology and draws on his extensive experience in working with people as a therapist and coach. He is also an unabashed nature lover and, through his organization Awake in the Wild, he shares his passion for integrating meditation and nature. Mark leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru, taking people on inner and outdoor adventures.
In this episode, Eric and Ginny talk with Mark about his book, Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery.
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Mark Coleman, Ginny, and I Discuss Mindfulness in Nature and…
- His book: Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery
- The shift in his life after discovering meditation
- How he finds refuge in nature
- His first experiences of noticing that being in nature was his happy place
- Discovering that being in nature was a similar experience to meditating
- How connecting with nature can be a powerful anecdote to modern life imbalances
- How our brains are less stressed in nature
- Being outside engages our attention but doesn’t stress it
- Nature brings our senses alive and provides connection to living things around us
- Learning to be present in nature
- How we can let nature hold the immensity of difficult emotions, such as grief
- How silence is a doorway into presence and deep connection
- Working with our inner critic and inner atmosphere of heaviness
- How the inner critic prevents us from learning
- Noticing when we’re judging and believing our negative thoughts and stories
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