The Wild Within: Adventures in Nature and Animal Teachings

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J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998 - Nature - 216 pages
As Jon Krakauer writes of "the dark side of the wilderness experience", Paul Rezendes writes of the spiritual side. Rezendes is one of this country's most skilled outdoorsmen: a master wildlife tracker with an uncanny ability to communicate the profound lessons he has learned from the wild about territoriality, awareness, fear, the inseparability of life and death, and the true nature of the self.

Through hard personal experience, Rezendes discovered how tracking can be a powerful tool for understanding our deep connections with nature and with one another. The leader of two notorious motorcycle gangs in the early 1960s, he faced a ten-year prison sentence for drugs and illegal weapons charges. His sentence was revoked, and Rezendes transformed his life path from gang leader to Zen master, founding an ashram in southeastern Massachusetts and honing the tracking skills with which he was raised.

In The Wild Within, Rezendes punctuates a gripping narrative of his wilderness adventures with simple exercises that show readers how to turn off their conscious minds and use their deeper intelligence to enter a state of oneness with the environment and to deal more effectively with daily life. In the words of Dianne Dumanoski of the Boston Globe, "Paul Rezendes's (work) is about tracking, but also much more; it shows how to find your way home to the great web of life".

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User Review  - willszal - LibraryThing

I loved Paul's first book. I couldn't finish reading this one though. It felt very pessimistic to me; a lot of complaining. In the stories he related, it seemed to me like he was always having a bad time. I was very excited by the premise, but the execution didn't work out for me. Read full review

THE WILD WITHIN: Adventures in Nature and Animal Teachings

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A renowned wildlife tracker discovers the web of life and invites readers—through I-am-one- with-nature zenning—to experience the truth of his way. For much of Rezendes's life he was an outlaw and a ... Read full review


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Paul Rezendes is an internationally recognized photographer, tracked, and wildlife consultant whose work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including his photography book " Wetlands: The Web of Life." The author of " The Wild Within, " he lives in Athol, Massachusetts.

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