How to tune in to our own biology in pursuit of spiritual awakening
Taking us on an evolutionary journey to find the origins of emotions, desires, and thoughts in our own bodies, Wes "Scoop" Nisker shows not only how cutting-edge science is proving the tenets of the Buddha but also how we can interpret the traditional practices of Buddhism through this scientific lens for more personal freedom and peace of mind.
Provides a practical program, complete with enjoyable, even playful meditations, for realizing greater self-awareness, increased wisdom, and happiness
Shows how recent discoveries in physics, evolutionary biology, and psychology express in scientific terms the same insights the Buddha discovered more than 2,500 years ago
Reveals the origins of attachments, desires, emotions, and thoughts in our own bodies
Using the traditional Buddhist meditation series of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as a framework, Nisker offers a witty narrative along with practical meditations and exercises to train the mind to overcome painful conditioning and gain greater self-awareness, increased wisdom, and happiness. He shows how recent discoveries in physics, evolutionary biology, and psychology express in scientific terms the same insights the Buddha discovered more than 2,500 years ago, such as the impermanence of the body, where thoughts come from, and how the body communicates within itself.
Presenting a variety of new ways to harness the power of mindfulness to transform our understanding of both ourselves and the world, Nisker teaches us how to put our understanding of evolution in the service of spiritual awakening.
Being Nature: A Down-to-Earth Guide to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Inner Traditions, Paperback, 224 pages, $19.99
Wes "Scoop" Nisker is an award-winning broadcast journalist and commentator. He has been a meditation teacher since 1990 and leads mindfulness retreats internationally. The author of many books, including The Essential Crazy Wisdom, he is founding coeditor of The Inquiring Mind, an international Buddhist journal, and he is also a standup "dharma comic." He lives in Oakland, California.