Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature

Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature

Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature

Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature


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Reconnect with your wild essence as you awaken your innate bond with the natural world

“Rewilding is a return to our essential nature. It is an attempt to reclaim something of what we were before we used words like ‘civilized’ to define ourselves.” —Micah Mortali

In his long-awaited book Rewilding, Kripalu director Micah Mortali brings together yoga, mindfulness, wilderness training, and ancestral skills to create a unique guide for reigniting your primal energy—your undomesticated true self—and deepening your connection with the living earth.

For hundreds of thousands of years, humans lived intimately with the earth. We were in the wild and of the wild. Today, we live mostly urban lives—and our vital wildness has gone dormant. As a result, we’re more isolated, unhealthy, anxious, and depressed than ever, and our planet has suffered alongside us.

With Rewilding, Mortali invites us to shed the effects of over-civilization and explore an inner wisdom that is primal, ancient, and profound. Whether you live in the middle of a city or alongside the woods, the insights and practices on these pages will bring you home to your wild, wise, and alive self.

Highlights include:
* Practice-rich content—mindfulness exercises, guided meditations, yoga and pranayama, inward sensing, forest bathing, and much more
* The “life-force deficit”—explore how our separation from nature affects us physiologically and spiritually
* Ancestral skills—such as tracking, foraging, building fires, and finding shelter
* Develop a sense of calm, clarity, connection, and confidence in both your daily life and the great outdoors
* What you can learn from nature’s teachers—lessons from mountains, rivers, trees, and our animal kin
* Rewild in the wild—guidelines around safety, preparedness, appropriate gear, and packing lists
* A mindful rewilding flow—put everything together in an immersive, step-by-step rewilding experience
* Awaken your authentic spiritual connection with the natural world as you come home to your true self
* Understand the relationship between our health and the health of our planet—and how we can begin to heal both

Part celebration of the natural world, part spiritual memoir, and part how-to guide, Rewilding is a must-read for anyone who wants to embrace their wild nature and essential place in the living earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683643258
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 434,711
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Micah Mortali, MA, is the founder of the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership and director of the Kripalu Schools, housed at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, one of the largest and most established centers for yoga-based education in the world. An avid outdoorsman, Mindful Outdoor guide, 500-hour Kripalu yoga teacher, and popular meditation teacher, Mortali has been leading groups in wilderness and retreat settings for 20 years. He holds an MA in health arts and sciences from Goddard College.

Table of Contents

Foreword Stephen Cope ix

Introduction 1

1 Mindful Rewilding 7

Practice: Natural Mindfulness 27

2 Eyes of the Eagle: The Journey Inward Leads Us Outward 31

Practices: Centering 40

Nature Meditation 41

Witness in the Woods 43

Inner-Space and Outer-Space Meditation 50

BRFWA: Breathe, Relax, Feel, Watch, Allow 60

3 The Living Earth: Paths to Your Wildness 65

Practices: Interbeing 69

Reanimating 72

The Long Exhale 76

Giving Thanks 78

Noticing and Thanking 79

Guided Forest Bathing 93

4 Reclaiming Skills: Movement, Preparedness, Fire, and Shelter 103

Practices: Walking with Awareness 104

Meditation for Entering the Wild 118

Guided Smoke Meditation 121

Fire Meditation 128

Gratitude Meditation for Birthing Fire 134

5 Out of Exile: Skills for Coming Home to the Living Earth 143

Practice: Animal-Track Mandala Meditation 167

6 Putting It All Together: A Rewilding Flow 171

Practices: Guided Centering 181

Guided Breath 183

Gratitude 184

Warm-Up 1 Joint Rotations 186

Warm-Up 2 Mindful Push-Ups 189

Warm-Up 3 Sun Breaths 190

Fox Walk 195

Plant Connection 197

Engaging and Expanding the Senses 199

Observing the Earth 201

Acknowledgments 209

Notes 211

Resources 215

Bibliography 217

Index 221

About the Author 225

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