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How to Train a Wild Elephant

How to Train a Wild Elephant

And Other Adventures in Mindfulness

  • Author: Jan Chozen Bays
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 9780834827462
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 224
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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.

Mindfulness on the Go

Mindfulness on the Go

Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere

  • Author: Jan Chozen Bays
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 1611804450
  • Category: Meditation
  • Page: 152
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A pocket-sized collection of mindfulness practices anyone can do anytime--from the author of Mindful Eating. Mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health and quality of life, and give you deep insight. Meditation practice is one way to do it, but not the only way. In fact, there are easy ways to fit it into your everyday life. Jan Chozen Bays provides here 25 practices that can be used on the go to cultivate mindfulness. The three-breath practice, the mindfulness of entering rooms, offering compliments, tasting your food one careful bite at a time--these deceptively simple practices can have a cumulative effect for the better. The book is an abridgment of Bays's longer collection How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness. This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series. The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

Fully Present

Fully Present

The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness

  • Author: Susan L. Smalley,Diana Winston
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
  • ISBN: 0738213241
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 263
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Explores the practical art and science of mindfulness as it relates to the traditions of Buddhism with a helpful guide to improving a mindful stance and an awareness of life experiences in any situation or circumstance.

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food--includes C D

  • Author: Jan Chozen Bays
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 9780834822610
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 240
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The art of mindfulness can transform our struggles with food—and renew our sense of pleasure, appreciation, and satisfaction with eating. Drawing on recent research and integrating her experiences as a physician and meditation teacher, Dr. Jan Bays offers a wonderfully clear presentation of what mindfulness is and how it can help with food issues. Mindful eating is an approach that involves bringing one's full attention to the process of eating—to all the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings that arise during a meal. Whether you are overweight, suffer from an eating disorder, or just want to get more out of life, this book offers a simple tool that can make a remarkable difference. In this book, you'll learn how to: • Tune in to your body's own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat • Eat less while feeling fully satisfied • Identify your habits and patterns with food • Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eating • Discover what you're really hungry for Mindful Eating also includes a 75-minute audio program containing guided exercises led by the author.

Taming the Elephant

Taming the Elephant

Politics, Government, and Law in Pioneer California

  • Author: John F. Burns,Richard J. Orsi
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520234130
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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Lively, authoritative essays on the political history of California from the Gold Rush and the achievement of statehood through the end of the 19th century. The fourth and final volume in a series of essays on California history, copublished with the California State Historical Society.

Right Here with You

Right Here with You

Bringing Mindful Awareness Into Our Relationships

  • Author: Andrea Miller
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 1590309049
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 224
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Draws on the expertise of leading psychologists, meditation teachers and authors to explain how to create healthier and more fulfilling relationships through mindful awareness, in a volume that features such writings as Thich Nhat Hanh's introduction to the role of mindfulness in real love and Harold Kushner's advice on giving love rather than expecting it. Original.

Living by Vow

Living by Vow

A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts

  • Author: Shohaku Okumura
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1614290105
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 302
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A Sot Zen priest and Dharma successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi explores eight of Zen's most essential and universal liturgical texts and explains how the chants in these works support meditation and promote a life of freedom and compassion.

10 Mindful Minutes

10 Mindful Minutes

Giving Our Children--And Ourselves--the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives

  • Author: Goldie Hawn,Wendy Holden
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0399537724
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 218
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Across the country, the revolutionary MindUP program, developed under the auspices of the Hawn Foundation, established by Goldie Hawn, is teaching children vital social and emotional skills. By understanding how their brains work, children discover wheretheir emotions come from and become more self-aware. They learn to appreciate the sensory aspects of their lives and to value the positive effects of mindfulness, compassion, and kindness. This, in turn, empowers them to manage and reduce their own stress--and helps them be happy. Those who have seen the effects of this program have been eager to learn how to implement it in their own homes and use its practices for themselves, too. Here, for the first time, its secrets are being shared with all parents and children.--From publisher description.

Everything Is Workable

Everything Is Workable

A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution

  • Author: Diane Musho Hamilton
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 0834829185
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 256
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Conflict is going to be a part of your life—as long as you have relationships, a job, or dry cleaning to be picked up. Bracing yourself against it won’t make it go away, but if you approach it consciously, you can navigate it in way that not only honors everyone involved but makes it a source of deep insight as well. Seasoned mediator Diane Hamilton provides the skill set you need to engage conflict with wisdom and compassion, and even—sometimes—to be grateful for it. She teaches us how to: • Cultivate the mirror-like quality of attention as your base • Identify three personal conflict styles and determine which ones you fall into • Recognize the three fundamental perspectives in any conflict situation and learn to inhabit each of them • Turn conflicts in families, at work, and in every kind of interpersonal situation into win-win situations Her unique approach unites Zen wisdom and Integral Spirituality with her own story and her experiences as a professional mediator in a way that shows you how to look at conflict in a new way: as an essentially spiritual practice.

Child's Mind

Child's Mind

Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed

  • Author: Christopher Willard
  • Publisher: Parallax Press
  • ISBN: 1935209620
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 152
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The interest in teaching meditation to children is growing rapidly, as a number of recent stories in the mainstream media have documented. Child's Mind aims to teach parents and child professionals how to integrate mindfulness into their work with children and teach both young children and adolescents the basics of mindfulness and meditation. The book is a great resource for anyone who work with young people, including family coordinators at retreat centers, religious instructors in a range of traditions, teachers, therapists, and medical professionals. Child's Mind aims to teach children the power that comes with the comfort of just being, as well as the capacity to be, be aware, and be comfortable with oneself.

The Mindfulness Code

The Mindfulness Code

Keys for Overcoming Stress, Anxiety, Fear, and Unhappiness

  • Author: Donald Altman
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • ISBN: 1577318943
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 272
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The price we pay for today’s fast-paced, always-connected life is often stress, anxiety, and depression. While drawing on ancient wisdom, Donald Altman embraces twenty-first-century brain science to create practical, everyday strategies for experiencing a less-encumbered, less-entangled state of being. These techniques reactivate natural abilities you already possess. The four keys for unlocking mindfulness are the body, the mind, the spirit, and relationships. Altman presents practices for turning each key toward contentment, confidence, and joy, including shifting our mental and emotional perceptions, inhabiting the body and its “sense-abilities,” exploring spiritual connection, and tapping into the healing powers of community and relationship. Inviting and accessible to those new to mindfulness but comprehensive enough for more experienced practitioners, these powerful tools will help you transform your life from the inside out.

Heal Thy Self

Heal Thy Self

Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine

  • Author: Saki Santorelli
  • Publisher: Harmony
  • ISBN: 9780307556608
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 288
  • View: 7803
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"Perhaps our real work, whether offering or seeking care, is to recognize that the healing relationship--the field upon which patient and practitioner meet--is, to use the words of the mythologist Joseph Campbell, a 'self-mirroring mystery'--the embodiment of a singular human activity that raises essential questions about self, other, and what it means to heal thy self." --Saki Santorelli Today we are experiencing extraordinary technological advances in the diagnosis and treatment of illness while at the same time learning to take more responsibility for our own health and well-being. In this book, Saki Santorelli, director of the nationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic, explores the ancient roots of medicine, and shows us how to introduce mindfulness into the crucible of the healing relationship, so that both patients and caregivers begin to acknowledge that we are all wounded and we are all whole. His approach revolutionizes the dynamics of the patient/practitioner relationship. In describing the classes at the clinic and the transformation that takes place in this alchemical process, he offers insights and effective methods for cultivating mindfulness in our everyday lives. As he reveals the inner landscape of his own life as a health care professional and we join him and those with whom he works on this journey of human suffering and courage, we become aware of and honor what is darkest and brightest within each one of us. From the Hardcover edition.

Taming the Elephant Mind

Taming the Elephant Mind

A Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Calm Abiding Meditation

  • Author: Lama Choedak Rinpoche
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780994581303
  • Category:
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Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition)

Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition)

Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

  • Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • ISBN: 0345539729
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 720
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The landmark work on mindfulness, meditation, and healing, now revised and updated after twenty-five years Stress. It can sap our energy, undermine our health if we let it, even shorten our lives. It makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression, disconnection and disease. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work—which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology—shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. By engaging in these mindfulness practices and integrating them into your life from moment to moment and from day to day, you can learn to manage chronic pain, promote optimal healing, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve the overall quality of your life, relationships, and social networks. This second edition features results from recent studies on the science of mindfulness, a new Introduction, up-to-date statistics, and an extensive updated reading list. Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well and the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in our fast-paced world. Praise for Full Catastrophe Living “To say that this wise, deep book is helpful to those who face the challenges of human crisis would be a vast understatement. It is essential, unique, and, above all, fundamentally healing.”—Donald M. Berwick, M.D., president emeritus and senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement “One of the great classics of mind/body medicine.”—Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom “A book for everyone . . . Jon Kabat-Zinn has done more than any other person on the planet to spread the power of mindfulness to the lives of ordinary people and major societal institutions.”—Richard J. Davidson, founder and chair, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin–Madison “This is the ultimate owner’s manual for our lives. What a gift!”—Amy Gross, former editor in chief, O: The Oprah Magazine “I first read Full Catastrophe Living in my early twenties and it changed my life.”—Chade-Meng Tan, Jolly Good Fellow of Google and author of Search Inside Yourself “Jon Kabat-Zinn’s classic work on the practice of mindfulness to alleviate stress and human suffering stands the test of time, a most useful resource and practical guide. I recommend this new edition enthusiastically to doctors, patients, and anyone interested in learning to use the power of focused awareness to meet life’s challenges, whether great or small.”—Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health “How wonderful to have a new and updated version of this classic book that invited so many of us down a path that transformed our minds and awakened us to the beauty of each moment, day-by-day, through our lives. This second edition, building on the first, is sure to become a treasured sourcebook and traveling companion for new generations who seek the wisdom to live full and fulfilling lives.”—Diana Chapman Walsh, Ph.D., president emerita of Wellesley College

Mindfulness for Busy People

Mindfulness for Busy People

Turning frantic and frazzled into calm and composed

  • Author: Michael Sinclair,Josie Seydel,Emily Shaw
  • Publisher: Pearson UK
  • ISBN: 1292186925
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 240
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Be calm, be present, be mindful. Mindfulness for Busy People 2/e will show you how to apply the transformative power of mindfulness to your busy life, helping you to de-stress, find your own unique space of calm, and ready yourself for whatever challenges you face. Helping you to cultivate and practice mindfulness straight away, you’ll discover: · A no-nonsense, light-hearted, and clear introduction to mindfulness and its benefits · Unique and clever ‘I-haven’t-got-time-for-this’ exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime · A fulfilling way to feel less stressed with immediate effect · A new found confidence, resilience and a greater sense of optimism · Improved focus, energy, efficiency and creativity Feel calm, confident and in control – whatever you’re doing, wherever you are. Endorsements MFBP 2e · “Mindfulness has probably become more popular in concept than in practice these days. So many of us could benefit from training our attention and our self-compassion, if we could just find practical ways to integrate mindfulness into our daily lives and busy schedules. These authors provide the practical tools that you need to actually put mindfulness into practice, and to benefit from transforming your mind, without having to pack up to live in the mountains. This book is fun, usable, and helpful.” Dennis Tirch, author of The Compassionate Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety · “Mindfulness can be elusive... The "I'm too busy" thoughts show up and get in the way. The trick is to bring brief respites of mindfulness into a multitude of simple tasks we do each day. In this second edition of their wonderful book the authors have added, updated and upgraded ideas for bringing the power of mindfulness into our busy worlds. Get it and reap the benefits of simple mindfulness.” Kevin Polk, Ph.D., Psychologist and ProSocial Matrix Trainer · “The great thing is, we can all be a lot more mindful, even if we’re way too busy to meditate. This little gem of a book gives you a wealth of simple strategies to easily bring mindfulness into everyday life - thereby making it a lot more satisfying and lot less stressful.” Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap · “One go-to question in mindfulness is: What did you notice? Going through this wonderful book, I noticed how simple and concrete it made the practice of mindfulness. I noticed thoughts about wishing I had come across this book when I first encountered mindfulness some 18 years ago. Then, I noticed warm feelings toward the compassionate humanity of Mike Sinclair, Josie Seydel and Emily Shaw that shines through each page. The next thing I noticed was loving how this new edition delves on self-compassion and offers more on how mindfulness can help us identify, choose and embody our deepest life values. Finally, I noticed the judgment that this book isn’t just for busy people, but for anyone interested in living more effectively and learning how to befriend the whole of their experience.” Benjamin Schoendorff, co-author of The Science of Compassion and The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix. · “Fun, engaging and practical - this book is elegantly written by experts to help you learn the skills of mindfulness - and to apply them to this busy, stressful, modern world we live in.” Dr Joe Oliver, Director of Contextual Consulting and co-author of ACTivate Your Life. · “Accessible, actionable, insightful and user-friendly. This book will help even the busiest of people find more contentment, joy, calm and connection especially on the busiest of days.” Aisling Leonard-Curtin, Chartered Psychologist, Co-director ACT Now Purposeful Living & author of The Power of Small · “A lot of people would like to learn to live more mindfully, but feel they simply don't have the time. The second edition of Mindfulness for Busy People shows us how to bring the benefits of mindfulness into the busiest of lives." Russell Kolts, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Eastern Washington University, and co-author of Living with an Open Heart: How to Cultivate Compassion in Everyday Life · “Having read this new edition, I doubt I will ever again notice my mind telling me “I’d better watch the time” without recalling the “watch your watch” meditation - just one of a plethora of mini life practice suggestions in this accessible self-helper that contribute to busting through the self-inflicted aspect of the trance of ‘too busy’ness.” Marin Wilks, Chartered Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher & Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer · “Read, practice and feel the rewards - this accessible book has the power to change your life.” Dr Mary Welford, author of Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Self-Confidence and Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies · "This book is an incredibly practical guide to reducing stress and boosting your effectiveness through mindfulness." Dr Rob Yeung, chartered psychologist and author of Confidence 2.0: The New Science of Self-Confidence.

Making Friends with Death

Making Friends with Death

A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality

  • Author: Judith L. Lief
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 9780834822573
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 208
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In Making Friends with Death, Buddhist teacher Judith Lief, who's drawn her inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, shows us that through the powerful combination of contemplation of death and mindfulness practice, we can change how we relate to death, enhance our appreciation of everyday life, and use our developing acceptance of our own vulnerability as a basis for opening to others. She also offers a series of guidelines to help us reconnect with dying persons, whether they are friends or family, clients or patients. Lief highlights the value of relating to the immediacy of death as an ongoing aspect of everyday life by offering readers a variety of practical methods that they can apply to their lives and work. These methods include: Simple mindfulness exercises for deepening awareness of moment-by-moment change Practices for cultivating loving-kindness Helpful slogans and guidelines for caregivers to use Making Friends with Death will enlighten anyone interested in coming to terms with their own mortality. More specifically, the contemplative approach presented here offers health professionals, students of death and dying, and people who are helping a dying friend or relative useful guidance and inspiration. It will show them how to ground their actions in awareness and compassion, so that the steps they take in dealing with pain and suffering will be more effective.

Jizo Bodhisattva

Jizo Bodhisattva

Modern Healing & Traditional Buddhist Practice

  • Author: Jan Chozen Bays,Heng Sure
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN: 1462918050
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 312
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In Jizo Bodhisattva, Zen teacher and practicing pediatrician Jan Chozen Bays explores the development of traditional Buddhist practices related to Jizo, as well as the growing interest in Jizo practice in modern American Zen Buddhism. She also shows how you can incorporate this rich tradition into your own life, through meditations, mantras and chanting. In traditional Buddhist belief, a bodhisattva is an enlightened being who has forsaken entry into nirvana until all beings are saved. Jizo, one of the four great bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism, is know as "the Bodhisattva of the Greatest Vows." He is regarded as the protector of travelers—whether their journeys in the physical world, or in the spiritual reams. Jizo also has special significance for pregnant women and parents whose children have died.

Mind Beyond Death

Mind Beyond Death

  • Author: Dzogchen Ponlop
  • Publisher: Shambhala
  • ISBN: 9781559398466
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 375
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"Drawing on a great range of material, this book about death is very much a book about life. The Dzogchen Ponlop [Rinpoche] (born 1965) is known as one of the finest Tibetan teachers of his generation, and he is considered to be as well versed in the psychology of his Western students as he is in the dharma. The bardos, or intermediate states, are popularly understood to be the realms between death and rebirth. In these formidable and skillfully elucidated teachings he explains the bardos of life as well, and how an understanding of all six bardos is an essential guide in the present as well as the hereafter."-Tricycle

Meditation in a New York Minute

Meditation in a New York Minute

Super Calm for the Super Busy

  • Author: Mark Thornton
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • ISBN: 9781591798330
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 160
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Executive meditation coach Mark Thornton writes about a revolution—finding your deepest heart in everyday moments. In Meditation in a New York Minute, Thornton demystifies meditation and makes it accessible to all. He presents his complete program for enjoying the many benefits of meditation—stress reduction, energy, intense mental clarity—in a New York minute. "If your life is moving at warp speed," begins Thornton, "more than ever you need to create calm quickly and profoundly." Meditation in a New York Minute will teach even the busiest readers: How to get an hour of refreshing meditation into your day—without adding a thing to your schedule Nineteen powerful techniques from the world's wisdom traditions, distilled into "micro-doses" you can use between meetings, while commuting, in the shower—whenever you have a free moment The Eight Laws of Super Calm and the Eight Golden Keys for flipping on compassion and insight in any situation The 11 Thieves along the path of meditation, and how to dodge them "You can be super busy, super successful, and super calm at the same time, " assures Mark Thornton. With Meditation in a New York Minute, the rewards of this centuries-old inner art are finally available to everyone on the go.

The Mindfulness Solution

The Mindfulness Solution

Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems

  • Author: Ronald D. Siegel
  • Publisher: Guilford Press
  • ISBN: 1606234560
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 356
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Offers advice for achieving happiness and dealing with life's obstacles through mindfulness, with strategies for cultivating this state of mind and setting up a formal daily practice routine.