Wild Awake. Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature
"I found myself, and still find, an instinct towards a higher, or, as it is named, spiritual life ... and another toward a primitive rank and savage one, and I reverence them both. I love the wild not less than the good."
This is the epigragh that begins Wild Awake - Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature, a small but beautiful book by Dharmachari Vajragupta on being on retreat alone in nature.
Vajragupta has been going on solitary retreat every year for twenty-five years, In this book he recounts how these retreats have changed him, how he fell in love with the places he stayed in and the creatures there. He reflects on how the outer world and his inner world began to speak more deeply to each other, how there were moments when the barrier between them seemed to disolve away.
The book includes a useful and very practical 'A-Z' guide of how to do your own solitary retreat in nature.