Book Review: Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Are Born With (Gaylon Ferguson)

Via Todd Mayville
on Mar 28, 2010
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In his first book, Naropa University professor and meditation instructor Gaylon Ferguson explores meditation not from the standpoint as a path towards enlightenment per se, but as a path towards simply waking up, towards claiming our innate sense of who we are.

Not just another book on meditation, Ferguson includes guided meditations as well as “question and answer sessions” drawn from actual sessions with his students that address some of the most common questions of meditation practitioners, ranging from fitting meditation in to our busy daily lives to posture to the all too common restless mind that just won’t settle down to meditate. Written in a warm, almost conversational style, Natural Wakefulness has something to offer the novice and experience practitioner alike.

From Shambhala Publications and available from your local, independent bookstore. (Shop local, shop independent, and tell ’em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)


About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.


4 Responses to “Book Review: Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Are Born With (Gaylon Ferguson)”

  1. Thanks for the review, Todd. This sounds like a good book.

    For more on meditation, I strongly recommend my own personal favorite Effortless Wellbeing by Evert Sutters . I'd love to see you review it if you have the time.

    Bob Weisenberg

  2. Would you consider reviewing it on ele, Bob?

  3. Be happy to. I'll get to it soon.

    I've got a few others I want to write about, too, particularly Ram Dass' Paths to God–Living the Bhavavad Gita, which, as you may know, is his 1974 lecture series at the early Naropa. It even opens with an account of his public debate with Trungpa.

    Bob Weisenberg

  4. […] CO about two hours northwest of Denver attending a meditation retreat with Acharyas Pema Chodron, Gaylon Ferguson, and Adam Lobel. When I arrived it was as hot as summer could get and by the last day, September 1, […]