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Meditations of John Muir: Nature's Temple

By Chris Highland

Meditations from John Muir Book Cover

Meditations of John Muir: Nature's Temple
By Chris Highland

Available in paperback or Kindle and other ebook versions.

Publisher: Wilderness Press

Status: First printing, August, 2001;
Second printing, January, 2002.
Third Printing, July 2002.
Fifth Printing, 2005.
10th Printing, 2011.
15th Printing, 2018.

ISBN: 0-89997-285-3
4 1/2 x 7, 72 Pages

Amazon Product Description (2018):

Editor Chris Highland pairs 60 insightful Muir quotes with selections from other celebrated thinkers and spiritual texts. Take this pocket-size guide with you on backpacks, nature hikes, and camping trips.

Publisher's Product Description (2018):

Using the immortal words of John Muir as his medium, Chris Highland explores the Divine in Nature, those universal truths which rise above categories, denominations, and religious divisions. Drawing from world wisdom traditions that span the course of human history, Meditations of John Muir: Nature's Temple unites them under the aegis of the natural world and offers the opportunity to pause, reflect, and draw comfort from that which joins us all.

Publisher's Press Release (2001):

"Presently you lose consciousness of your own separate existence: you blend with the landscape, and become part and parcel of nature."

John Muir's words sing exuberantly about the natural world. Here is a collection of thoughts from a man who has inspired generations of seekers. Read these meditations on the trail, from your campsite, by a swirling river, or in a peaceful Sequoia grove. A carry-along size allows you to take it with you as you journey into the open-air temple of Nature.

It's hard to imagine John Muir sitting quietly, writing at his desk overlooking his orchards in Martinez, California, far away from his heart's home in the highlands of the mountains. Yet he wrote and his pen gave us a new scent of the sacred, a fresh poetry of our home in the natural world. From his desk he could gaze out over his plantings and recall countless journeys to the fields of the Lord. Until his death on Christmas Eve 1914, Muir sauntered the planet and scribbled of his sauntering, handing over to us a harvest of experiences that call out to us with a voice not unlike a prophet or mystic. In his wisdom we rediscover something hidden or lost in the Nature nearby.

No one could follow in Muir's bounding footsteps. As he once said, we merely inhabit a spinning globe that leaves no track through the universe. Yet in a greater sense, each of us can bound along with Muir. We can explore the wilderness near and far and fill our lungs with the electric air that energized Muir. We can drink from the same singing streams and be sheltered by the same living temples. We are bound to Muir as we spring our steps into the boundless sanctuary of Nature - even into ourselves. This small book contains but a handful of seeds from the hand and mind of this man who has inspired generations of soul-travelers. Carry it in your pocket; read by starlight; look to the fields, the orchards, the forests, the mountains. Find your temple. Climb!

Other books in the same series by Chris Highland collect great thoughts of Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman, Fuller and Burroughs.

Learn more about the author on our Living People Influenced by John Muir page: Chris Highland

Inspirational excerpts from Chris Highland, John Muir and others, are available at:

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