Mindfulness isn't just one of the seven facets of enlightenment; it is an accessible path for humans to reduce stress, improve health, and enhance their quality of life. Zen master and physician Jan Chozen Bays (Mindful Eating) uses a clever title to attract a crowd, but her inventiveness doesn't stop there. How To Train A Wild Elephant brims with everyday practices that remind us to be mindful.
How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulnessby Jan Chozen Bays
A growing body of research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health, and improve one’s overall quality of life. Jan Chozen Bays, MD—physician and Zen teacher—has developed a series of simple practices to help us cultivate mindfulness as we go about our ordinary, daily lives. Exercises include: taking three deep
A growing body of research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health, and improve one’s overall quality of life. Jan Chozen Bays, MD—physician and Zen teacher—has developed a series of simple practices to help us cultivate mindfulness as we go about our ordinary, daily lives. Exercises include: taking three deep breaths before answering the phone, noticing and adjusting your posture throughout the day, eating mindfully, and leaving no trace of yourself after using the kitchen or bathroom. Each exercise is presented with tips on how to remind yourself and a short life lesson connected with it.
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Jan Chozen Bays, MD, is a Zen master in the White Plum lineage of the late master Taizan Maezumi Roshi. She serves as a priest and teacher at the Jizo Mountain–Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. She is also a pediatrician who specializes in the evaluation of children for abuse and neglect.
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I checked this book out of the library and was so impressed that I bought it. THere are 53 strategies for mindfulness. I intend to concentrate on one a week. I'm in week 3 now and find it is very helpful.
How to Train a Wild Elephant talks about living in the now; slowing your brain down enough to allow for recovery in this very busy world. The exercises show you how to apply nowness to everyday things; I got this book after peeking into someone else's copy. She told me I could borrow hers, but after thanking her politely, I told her I thought I might need my own. I knew it was possible that hers might be returned with additional notes, such as: Try this!" or other such comments. I wasn't sure that would be appreciated. I spend a fair amount of time having to live in the now because I am on crutches again. This necessitates looking where you're going but also tends to turn your attention inward a little too much. I think anyone in any situation could use the information in this book. The busier you are, the more it applies. Enjoy, and learn to breathe again!