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On Fallowness and Rest

Meditating in Winter


Though the reign of winter is uneven and unpredictable in this age of climate instability, now is a time when much of the northern hemisphere is deep in its grip. How might we let this period of rest and quietude influence our practice and our life?

We offer this guided meditation from Mark Coleman, beloved guiding teacher and friend of One Earth Sangha. It is featured in his new book, A Field Guide to Nature Meditation: 52 Mindfulness Practices for Joy, Wisdom and Wonder.

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From the Practice

“We live in a culture that prioritizes spring and summer, celebrates growth, productivity, high yields. We have mostly forgotten how to slow down or to rest.”

“Attuning to the stillness that’s so often present in winter, observe how little life stirs, how quietly the trees stand frozen in place.”

“Be present to what the outer stillness evokes within you and how it supports an inner quietude.”

“In what ways can your inner landscape and the terrain of your life reflect more the qualities and temper of this season—quiet, fallow, still, reflective … ”

This is a meditation featured in Mark Coleman’s new book, A Field Guide to Nature Meditation: 52 Mindfulness Practices for Joy, Wisdom and Wonder.

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman

Mark is an inner and outer explorer, who has devotedly studied mindfulness meditation practices for three decades. He is passionate about sharing the power of meditation and has taught mindfulness workshops and meditation retreats in six continents for the past twenty years. Mark is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has taught there since 2000. Through his organization Awake in the Wild, he shares his passion for integrating meditation and nature.
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