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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
Josh Lane begins his study of Conscious Nature almost jocularly. At the very least, humorously. Which, if you are alert, is both deceptive and distractive. What he actually conveys is the incredible enjoyment to be had when pursuing any serious journey toward the roots of being human. But Josh Lane is neither flippant nor a neophyte. Nor is he the awkward or suggestible nerd he amusingly portrays. Josh Lane is a wonderfully experienced master of his subject, and his subject is the deeply human connection with - and immersion in – the entirety of Nature. Including our own. It’s just that, like the greatest wisdom masters, he often veils his endless depths of understanding with simple and concise expressions of otherwise complex truths.
“We need Nature in our lives, because we are Nature.”
“We need to re-orient ourselves to where we are and what is truly important.”
Tread casually at your own peril if you think these are simply self-evident prescriptions or shallow affirmations. Attend carefully to Josh Lane’s entire treatise, Conscious Nature, and you’ll quickly realize that you know almost nothing about who you are, why you are, and where you are. Better yet, decide to actually participate and learn these things for yourself. That is how personally important becomes this highly readable, highly informative, highly engaging exploration of how one might (must) reconnect not just with nature, but with ultimate reality itself. (No nerdity required, but do not skip the nerdity chapter. You’ll miss something quite profound.) Conscious Nature: The Art and Neuroscience of Meditating In Nature invites and provides precisely the same engagement and fascination. Do not fail to attend. Do not miss the joy.