Integration is the essence of an awakened life. As seekers in the physical world, we’re called on to combine seeming opposites – material and spiritual life, mundane and holy concerns — into an harmonious whole. “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside as the outside …and the upper as the lower …then shall you enter the Kingdom,” said Jesus, echoing the world’s great mystic traditions. But how is this possible? In this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum, we’ll examine the universal challenge of integrating our motley parts into a unified, sacred existence. We will look at how it’s possible to live in both time and eternity with enlightened consciousness in a human body; moving from duality to unity, separation to communion. As we come to our “holy days” before year’s end, these questions can illuminate our path toward awakening.
Seekers Session Recording
Guest Interview with Mark Coleman
Mark Coleman, M.A., founder of Awake in the Wild and The Mindfulness Institute, is an internationally recognized mindfulness facilitator who has guided students on five continents to find greater peace and fulfillment through nature-based mindfulness practice and mindfulness retreats. The author of Make Peace with Your Mind and Awake in the Wild, Mark is also a corporate consultant, individual counselor, poet, wilderness guide, and outdoor adventurer.
Mark Coleman has been studying meditation practices since 1981, primarily within the Insight meditation (Buddhist) tradition. He has been teaching meditation retreats since 1997. His teaching is influenced by studies with many great teachers in the Buddhist tradition as well as from Advaita and Tibetan teachers in Asia and the West, and through his teacher training with Jack Kornfield. Mark primarily teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and teaches nationally, in Europe and India.
He leads backpacking retreats, nature-based retreats, and has taught retreats for environmental activists at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch in New Mexico, and at Knoll Farm in Vermont. In the Bay Area, Mark has a counseling practice, where he integrates his Masters in Clinical Psychology and meditative work and works with people how to integrate their mindfulness practice into daily life.
Mark is also a mindfulness consultant – bringing mindfulness to a variety of corporate settings including companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Gucci, Prana, Dolce Gabbana, Gap, Responsys and others. He leads trainings in mindfulness as well as offering mindfulness based executive coaching – helping professionals integrate a wise mindful awareness into all aspects of life.