How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness

How to Train a Wild Elephant And Other Adventures in Mindfulness 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

  • Title: How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness
  • Author: Jan Chozen Bays
  • ISBN: 9781590308172
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 phoA 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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    1. A practical and valuable book of exercises to increase mindfulness. I found this book very clear, very useful, and I have incorporated a few of its practices into my routine.

    2. A faculty mindfulness group recently started gathering, and I went out of curiosity. This book was mentioned as a good way to start. It probably isn't for everyone but I needed concrete ideas of specific things to do, rather than just hoping to be more mindful. Then I hit this part of the introduction:"Our essential hunger is not for food but for intimacy. When intimacy is missing in our lives, we feel isolated from other beings, alone, vulnerable, and unloved in the world. We habitually look to [...]

    3. This is (yet another) mindfulness book, by (yet another) Buddhist teacher who had contact with Chögyam Trungpa, the famous (or infamous) Tibetan Buddhist gone radical, iconoclast founder of the new Shambhala lineage and Naropa university in Boulder Colorado. Other contemporary Buddhist luminaries from this clique include: Pema Chodron, Reginald (Reggie) Ray and Mark Epstine to name but a few.This book is okay. It wouldn't be my first recommendation if you are shopping around for books on mindfu [...]

    4. HTWE stands true to its lofty reputation. It offers actionable exercises and ideas to help improve ones body (posture), mind (dexterity) and outlook (positive thinking). Unlike other "mindfulness" tales HTWE doesn't resort to contrived narratives or superficial fast-food spiritual quests. This isn't just a book to read but a book to do; HTWE presents an idea, explains how to do it and challenges the reader to put the idea into practice! I enjoyed trying to write left handed and created lists of [...]

    5. Jan Chozen Bays has written a book that brings us back to ourselves and calmly, gently, laughingly teaches us to focus on immediate tasks…not to get them over with but to be guided by the process. This is book meant to be read slowly, which is a good thing, for it took me a year. Each chapter is meant to be read one week at a time, giving us time to perform the daily exercise for a week. It gives us time to savor the moments of everyday life, not rush through them as though there were somewher [...]

    6. This is a wonderful collection of exercises to achieve and maintain mindfulness on a daily basis. Bays offers 52 ways to focus attention, a handy format for spending a year training your wild elephant mind one week at a time. I read this book on my kindle, but I am going to buy the paperback edition immediately so that I can have it around to refer to frequently and remind myself to practice. There have been only a few books I have kept handy over the years to use as guides and references whenev [...]

    7. I picked up this book to help me deal with the stress of cancer surgery and treatment, and though I never finished it and rarely look at it now, it has changed the way I approach life. Its 52 mindfulness exercises--one for every week of the year--help you slow down, calm down, and find some inner peace.

    8. This is a wonderful inspired work. I purchased a copy and it will be one of my constant companions from now on.

    9. Este libro es sobre mindfulness. Si piensas que es una práctica esotérica sin fundamento, te quiero decir que la Dra. Chozen Bays tiene mucha experiencia en ello, y que cada vez hay más evidencia científica que la respalda.Muchas similitudes entre el mindfulness y el tratamiento cognitivo conductual. Un libro lleno de ejercicios que se pueden llevar a la vida cotidiana. Pero sabes que no tienes porqué creerme así que te invito a leerlo y que experimentes los ejercicios. Se incrédulo y rea [...]

    10. Need to keep reading. And read again after that. Would LOVE to read this in reading group, tackling one chapter, one exercise at a time.

    11. This book contained so many principles that I had been discussing with a group of mind and body practitioners. I appreciated seeing such both in print and in person.

    12. Jan is so easy to read. In this guidebook to mindfulness, she suggests one mindfulness topic or exercise per week. It makes so much sense and really helps you slow down and enjoy life or at least pay attention more closely. I will probably buy this book and not rush through it like I did this time because it was on loan.

    13. Divided into 53 tips for mindful living. Each section has: the exercise; reminding yourself; discoveries; deeper lessons; final words. Usually 3 pages for each tip. I read 75 pages in entirety, then just went through and read the exercises. If you're zen buddhist, then reading everything could possibly quite resonate. If you're like me and don't fall within that label, but enjoy focusing on present-moment awareness, then you may or may not like reading every word. It was more of a "not" for me. [...]

    14. There are 53 mindfulness exercises in this book, and each one is presented in a multipart format. First you are told what to actually do, then how to remind yourself to do it, then preliminary thoughts on the exercise, then deeper analysis of possible outcomes, then a summary thought. This structured format makes it easy to use the book as a source for adding mindfulness exercises to your daily life. The book also provided a useful introduction to the practice of mindfulness using the training o [...]

    15. I didn't really follow the instructions for the book but found it meaningful nonetheless. What you are supposed to do is follow a mindfulness practice for a week and then return to the book and read about what you can learn from doing it. I wasn't very good at following the tasks (there are some helpful ways to remind you to do them, but I didn't want to fill my house with post-its) and I actually received more benefit from reading the entire chapter first so that you knew what you were supposed [...]

    16. Because I am mindful I do not need to stick post-it notes all over my house to remember each of the exercises. Constant reference to the author's monastic life also did not enhance the enlightening messages in this book. I enjoy rereading exercises at different points in my year when they appear relevant and very much enjoy the manner in which they enhance my enlightenment! A wise and relevant book that i highly recommend, as it is an easy read, and there is something in it for everyone. This bo [...]

    17. Set up as weekly meditations I read it over the weekend anyway. Some really good insights and beautiful explinations of how mindfulness works in daily practice. You don't have to stress about developing a sitting practice (the silent 30 minute meditation where you meditate on your breathe) to reap the benefits of mindfulness and loving-kindness, you can practice meditation while driving, grocery shopping, eating or answering the phone with these little practices. It was a cute enough book but I [...]

    18. This was one of the "further reading" books in one of the Jon Kabat-Zinn books I read, so I didn't know exactly what it was. It turns out to be a sweet little book of mindfulness practices. I think the intent is to do one per week for a year, not to read the book all in one go. Which is of course how I read it.I can't speak to the practices, but I bet there's something that will appeal to everyone (some of them even seemed like a good idea to me, who thinks most of that stuff is silly).

    19. Several nice exercises are suggested, but there's too many of them and they quickly become repetitive. Sometimes less IS more. Also, author reveals himself to be an essentialist (when he attacks moral relativism), which is as anti-Buddhist as anything can be. Not recommended for beginners or for longtime practitioners. Perhaps it could be useful for mindfulness teachers (because of the number of described techniques) or for people who are neither new nor experienced with the technique.

    20. Any book that encourages me to be more mindful , I love. This book is simple and gentle in suggesting exercises to practice (one a week) for 52 weeks to increase mindful awareness. From experience, I know that the real reward comes from actually practicing and not just reading about it. This is a book I would like to own. Since it would take me 52 weeks to really follow this book the way the author intended, I can only say I am inspired to begin!

    21. This is a book that should be read over a period of a year so you can practice each suggestion for mindful living. I read it at one go, though, and it still will make me more mindful during my daily life. Suggestions like taking three centering breathes before answering the phone, taking a media break, writing down things you are grateful for at the end of a day and using loving eyes are all good ones. I'll revisit this book often.

    22. Tips and exercises to practice mindfulness in everyday life. I read through it quickly, since the book was a loaner, and the exercises were simple and easy to implement, with explanations of how they fit into and fulfill basic parts of the mindfulness philosophy. Just eat with no distractions, savor every bite. Listen to the quiet, really listen. Focus on your posture. Etc.

    23. This is my kinda pace in learning how to become mindful. I did read ahead and look at each exercise as opposed to doing one once a week and reading the book in that way. I found the exercises and suggestions "do-able" as well as the "deeper meaning" suggestions that go along with each one. A great book that you will find yourself picking up over and over again.

    24. Some really nice insights such as "When Eating, Just Eat," "Use Your Non Dominant Hand," & "Absorptive Listening". However, I feel Developing a Buddha Brain by Hanson, written in much the same manner, was more impactful? but that might have been due to my relevant commitments to the exercises in each book.

    25. A nice read with exercises to help increase mindfulness throughout the day. A book you can carry around and read when you have a little time, and practice the exercises and learn to live more in the moment.

    26. I read the whole book in one go. It said at the beginning that you should go week by week, but I checked it out of the library, so I did not have 54 weeks in which to read it. I liked a lot of the exercises it recommended and I hope to incorporate some into my daily life.

    27. Some nice little mindfulness exercises. I love books like this--with an item a week to do. It helps me to try out different things. However, it's really a very casual doorway into mindfulness--so it's pretty light.

    28. Really good for me because i am the opposite of mindfulness. Multitasking to the extreme. Quick read. It's supposed to be spaced out over a year but I just ran through it anyway and will definitely try to incorporate mindfulness into my wild life.

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