Zen Mind, Zen Horse

The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses

Author: Allan J. Hamilton

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603427805

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 2231

“Far more than a book about how to care for a horse, though it stands out as one of the best on the subject . . . beautiful” (Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse). This unique guide to horsemanship incorporates Eastern philosophy to describe how horses understand and respond to the flow of vital energy around them, and how they use this energy, called chi, to communicate with their herd, express dominance, and sense predators. Written by the award-winning author of The Scalpel and the Soul, and including forewords by Monty Roberts and Dr. Robert Miller, Zen Mind, Zen Horse shares safe, simple techniques to make you more receptive to your animal’s chi, so you can develop a calm and effective training style that will not only help your horse follow commands, but strengthen the spiritual bond between horse and rider.

Zen Mind, Zen Horse

The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses

Author: Allan J. Hamilton

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603425659

Category: Nature

Page: 311

View: 4888

Horse training presents unique opportunities to explore powerful spiritual truths. The exercises in "Zen Mind, Zen Horse "offer everyone who works with horses -- novice or expert -- a new understanding of how humans train and interact with horses and why these two species, one a master predator and the other the ultimate prey animal, have such a deep, natural connection. Horses have evolved to understand and respond to the flow of vital energy -- "chi "-- around them, using it in their body language to communicate with members of their herd, to express dominance, and to sense danger from nearby predators. Being quietly present and receptive to your horse's energy opens the potential of your emotional, intuitive right brain. These simple, safe groundwork techniques reveal a pathway to awakening your deep sensitivity, calm leadership, intuition, and mindfulness.

Lead with Your Heart . . . Lessons from a Life with Horses

Finding Wholeness and Harmony at the End of a Lead Rope

Author: Allan J. Hamilton

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612127355

Category: Pets

Page: 232

View: 9377

2016 Foreword INDIES Gold Award Winner 2016 Gold Nautilus Book Award Winner 2017 Silver Independent Publisher Book Award Winner 2017 Silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Winner Award-winning author and celebrated neurosurgeon Allan J. Hamilton combines his understanding of the human brain with nearly 30 years’ experience training horses to offer wisdom on such universal themes as leadership, motivation, ambition, and humility. The results are showcased in more than 100 thoughtful essays that treat working with horses as a metaphor for personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Whether you’re searching for greater spiritual depth or simply want to better understand your four-legged partner, this wise and important collection has something for you.

The Scalpel and the Soul

Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope

Author: Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440638063

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 7747

A Harvard-educated neurosurgeon reveals his experiences—in and out of the operating room—with apparitions, angels, exorcism, after-death survival, and the miracle of hope. For the millions who have enjoyed Proof of Heaven, Heaven is Real, To Heaven and Back, and Getting to Heaven—an inspiring tale from where the veil between life and death is often at its thinnest. The Scalpel and the Soul explores how premonition, superstition, hope, and faith not only become factors in how patients feel but can change outcomes. It validates the spiritual manifestations physicians see every day and empowers patients to voice their spiritual needs when they seek medical help. Finally, it addresses the mysterious, attractive powers the soul exerts during life-threatening events.

Zen and Horses

Lessons from a Year of Riding

Author: Ingrid Soren

Publisher: Rodale Press

ISBN: 9781579545482

Category: Nature

Page: 212

View: 1558

Explores the spiritual side of horsemanship, drawing on the principles of Zen and twenty-five personal anecdotes to offer an inspiring look at how horseback riding can provide a valuable step on one's spiritual journey. 20,000 first printing.

Zen and the Horse

Body, Mind and Spiritual Unity Through the Art of Equitation

Author: Pamela J.G. Au

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462843042

Category: Self-Help

Page: 155

View: 2623

"This is a very interesting and intelligent little book; the author takes a unique approach to teaching centered, balanced riding, using Eastern philosophy as a context for mastering the art of equitation. The author writes with credible authority and conveys ideas and concepts clearly and vividly. Most important, the book delivers what it promises. It does provide specific advice for equestrians hoping to achieve this zen state in their riding." As reviewed by Writers Digest, 2004 "I think this is the first writing that actually describes what I feel when I ride my horses. I have never wanted to compete, just reach that place of unity which will be an ongoing practice with the horse for the rest of my life. No hurry to get somewhere, only connect while there! Maybe someday you will put this great book into visual movement in a video? You have really taken the mechanics out and replaced with emotion, awareness, with motivation to feel!!! With great respect to our patient teacher, the horse. " Sincerely, Chris in OR. "A must for the serious rider. This book stayed on target and was easy to keep up with. Most Zen horse books make me want to gag after 5 minutes, but this author has both of her feet on the ground and a lot to say. Buy it! you and your horse will both benefit." Chuck Click Here to go the authors website and more on Zen and the Horse.

The Tao of Equus

A Woman's Journey of Healing and Transformation through the Way of the Horse

Author: Linda Kohanov

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577318072

Category: Pets

Page: 384

View: 3209

Do horses make choices? How do they seem to know what people are thinking and feeling? Are horses spiritual beings with a destiny all their own? If so, how is this destiny connected with humanity's future? How does the equine mind compare with the human mind? What do horses have to teach people? And why are women so attracted to horses? These are some of the questions writer and equine therapist Linda Kohanov explores in her extraordinary book The Tao of Equus. In it she intertwines the story of the spiritual awakening she experienced with her black mare Rasa with compelling neurological research, cultural history, mythology, and first-hand anecdotes from years of teaching and facilitating equine therapy. She delves into the mental and spiritual processes behind the magical connections people, and women in particular, often experience with horses. She skillfully describes the subtle behavioral nuances horses express and perceive — what she calls the "wisdom of the prey" — as well as a feminine wisdom found in her powerful interactions with horses, bringing to the page subtleties that women riders have intuited for centuries. Blending her extraordinary experience — what some would consider paranormal — with a wide-ranging survey of the phenomena of horse-human communication, Kohanov delivers a ground-breaking work sure to interest both longtime riders and readers interested in the leading edge of animal perception and animal-human communication.

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Author: Shunryū Suzuki,Trudy Dixon,Richard Baker

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590302672

Category: Religion

Page: 179

View: 6261

Consists of a collection of stories and meditations on Zen practice that originated from a series of talks given by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki to a small group in California.

Riding Home

The Power of Horses to Heal

Author: Tim Hayes

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250033527

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 9634

Riding Home:The Power of Horses to Heal, Horse Nation's must read book of 2016, is the first and only book to scientifically and experientially explain why horses have the extraordinary ability to emotionally transform the lives of thousands of men, women and children, whether they are horse lovers, or suffering from deep psychological wounds. It is a book for anyone who wants to experience the joy, wonder, self-awareness and peace of mind that comes from creating a horse/human relationship, and it puts forth and clarifies the principles of today's Natural Horsemanship (or what was once referred to as "Horse Whispering") Everyone knows someone who needs help: a husband, a wife, a partner, a child, a friend, a troubled teenager, a war veteran with PTSD, someone with autism, an addiction, anyone in emotional pain or who has lost their way. Riding Home provides riveting examples of how Equine Therapy has become one of today's most effective cutting-edge methods of healing. Horses help us discover hidden parts of ourselves, whether we're seven or seventy. They model relationships that demonstrate acceptance, kindness, honesty, tolerance, patience, justice, compassion, and forgiveness. Horses cause all of us to become better people, better parents, better partners, and better friends. A horse can be our greatest teacher, for horses have no egos, they never lie, they're never wrong and they manifest unparalleled compassion. It is this amazing power of horses to heal and teach us about ourselves that is accessible to anyone and found in the pages of Tim Hayes's Riding Home. The information and lists of therapeutic and non-therapeutic equine programs, which are contained in the book, are also available at the book's website.

The Power of the Herd

A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation

Author: Linda Kohanov

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608683729

Category: Pets

Page: 464

View: 1600

Linda Kohanov is beloved for her groundbreaking articulation of “the way of the horse,” an experiential wisdom known to riders for centuries but little studied or adapted to off-horse use. Now Kohanov takes those horse-inspired insights on the nonverbal elements of exceptional communication and leadership into the realms of our workplaces and relationships. Here we explore the benefits of “nonpredatory power” in developing assertiveness, fostering creativity, dealing with conflict, and heightening mind-body awareness. In “A Brief History of Power,” the first part of this far-reaching book, Kohanov profiles cultural innovators who employed extraordinary nonverbal leadership skills to change history, usually on horseback: Winston Churchill, George Washington, Alexander the Great, and Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha), among others. She also draws on the behavior of mature horse herds, as well as the herding cultures of Africa and Mongolia, to debunk theories of dominance hierarchies, challenge ingrained notions of “survival of the fittest,” and demonstrate the power of a consensual leadership in which governing roles are fluid. Kohanov then adapts these lessons into twelve powerful guiding principles we can all incorporate into our work and personal lives. Eloquent and provocative, this is horse sense for everyone who seeks to thrive in the herds we all run in — our communities, careers, families, and friendships.

The Horse

The Epic History of Our Noble Companion

Author: Wendy Williams

Publisher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374709777

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 8395

A New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice A Best Book of 2015, The Wall Street Journal "Love is the driver for Wendy Williams's new book, The Horse . . . [an] affectionate, thoroughgoing, good-hearted book." —Jaimy Gordon, The New York Times Book Review "Charming and deeply interesting . . . Ms. Williams does a marvelous job." —Pat Shipman, The Wall Street Journal The book horse-lovers have been waiting for Horses have a story to tell, one of resilience, sociability, and intelligence, and of partnership with human beings. In The Horse, the journalist and equestrienne Wendy Williams brings that story brilliantly to life. Williams chronicles the 56-million-year journey of horses as she visits with experts around the world, exploring what our biological affinities and differences can tell us about the bond between horses and humans, and what our longtime companion might think and feel. Indeed, recent scientific breakthroughs regarding the social and cognitive capacities of the horse and its ability to adapt to changing ecosystems indicate that this animal is a major evolutionary triumph. Williams charts the course that leads to our modern Equus-from the protohorse to the Dutch Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds, and cow ponies of the twenty-first century. She observes magnificent ancient cave art in France and Spain that signals a deep respect and admiration for horses well before they were domesticated; visits the mountains of Wyoming with experts in equine behavior to understand the dynamics of free-roaming mustangs; witnesses the fluid gracefulness of the famous Lipizzans of Vienna; contemplates what life is like for the sure-footed, mustachioed Garrano horses who thrive on the rugged terrain of Galicia; meets a family devoted to rehabilitating abandoned mustangs on their New Hampshire farm; celebrates the Takhi horses of Mongolia; and more. She blends profound scientific insights with remarkable stories to create a unique biography of the horse as a sentient being with a fascinating past and a finely nuanced mind. The Horse is a revealing account of the animal who has been at our side through the ages, befriending us and traveling with us over the mountains and across the plains. Enriched by Williams's own experience with horses, The Horse is a masterful work of narrative nonfiction that pays tribute to this treasure of the natural world.

Horse Sense and the Human Heart

What Horses Can Teach Us about Trust, Bonding, Creativity and Spirituality

Author: Adele von Rüst McCormick,Marlena Deborah McCormick

Publisher: Hci

ISBN: 9781558745230

Category: Religion

Page: 229

View: 684

Details the authors' therapeutic work with severly disturbed youth and horses

The Manual of Medicine and Horsemanship

Author: Beverley Kane

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434355454

Category: Medical

Page: 104

View: 5242

The book features chapters from 15 authors who describe their psychology leadership careers in the Veterans Administration/Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The careers of the chapter authors collectively span the entire history of VA psychology starting in 1946. Many chapter authors describe experiences as a trainee in the first decade of the VA training program as well as their roles as an early VA chief of psychology. An Appendix with photos of early VA Central Office leaders completes the book. The chapter authors include: Rodney R. Baker, Alexander Boeringa, Harold R. Dickman, Douglas K. Gottfredson, Lee Gurel, Philip G. Hanson, A. Jack Jernigan, Christine LaGana, Philip R. Laughlin, Orville J. Lips, Tom Miller, Dana Moore, Walter Penk, Charles A. Stenger, and Robert S. Waldrop.

Training in Compassion

Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong

Author: Norman Fischer

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828561

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 8743

Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called "slogans") as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has become popular in the West only in the last twenty years or so—and it has become very popular indeed, because it's a practice that one can fit very well into an ordinary life, and because it works.Through the influence of Pema Chödrön, who was one of the first American Buddhist teachers to teach it extensively, the practice has moved out of its Buddhist context to affect the lives of non-Buddhists too. It's in this spirit that Norman Fischer offers his commentary on the lojong slogans. He applies Zen wisdom to them, showing how well they fit in that related tradition, but he also sets the slogans in the context of resonant practices throughout the spiritual traditions. He shows lojong to be a wonderful method for everyone, including those who aren't otherwise interested in Buddhism, who don't have the time or inclination to meditate, or who'd just like to morph into the kind of person who's focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.

The Tao Of Horses

Exploring How Horses Guide Us on Our Spiritual Path

Author: Elizabeth Kaye Mccall

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 144055045X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

View: 1604

The Tao of Horses is a unique work that shows how these magnificent animals can serve as guides and mentors, transforming the lives of those who admire and love them. The author, an experienced journalist and horsewoman, brings to light observations and life lessons that are inspiring, thought-provoking and revelatory. Features reflections from such notable horse enthusiasts and professionals as: Jockey Julie Krone, the first woman in Thoroughbred Racing's Hall of Fame; Michael McMeel, who founded and directs a horse-orientated program for at-risk youth; Jockey Gary Stevens, who played George Woolf in the movie Seabiscuit; Gleaming with affection and reverence, this book is the perfect gift for horse riders and aficionados of all ages.

Groundwork Training for Your Horse

Develop a Deeper Bond with Your Horse Through a Range of Exercises and Games

Author: Lesley Bayley,Bob Atkins

Publisher: David & Charles Publishers

ISBN: 9780715316030

Category: Pets

Page: 151

View: 7270

Develop a deeper bond with your horse through a range of exercises and games from the ground and then enjoy the results--a more supple and obedient horse. Handling your horse correctly on the ground is paramount in achieving a calm, willing horse, both in-hand and under saddle, regardless of his age or ability. Groundwork Training takes an in-depth look at the modern and traditional techniques of training from the ground, allowing the reader to select a method that will work for them. Everything from equipment needed to the handler?s body language is explained, so the reader is fully briefed before introducing their new skills to their horse.

Way of the Horse

Equine Archetypes for Self-discovery : a Book of Exploration and 40 Cards

Author: Linda Kohanov,Kim McElroy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781577315131

Category: Pets

Page: 255

View: 2012

From Linda Kohanov, bestselling author of The Tao of Equus, and equine artist Kim McElroy comes this profound book-and-card kit for exploring our sacred connection with horses in an entirely new way. This wisdom-filled kit includes both a powerful new book by Kohanov and a beautiful forty-card divination deck to help readers access hidden equine wisdom. In each chapter, Kohanov explores key concepts surrounding McElroy's corresponding image, leading readers on a journey of discovery and exploration. The book reveals the practical meaning behind horse behavior as well as the powerful symbolic and spiritual significance of these amazing animals. Sure to interest anyone fascinated by horses, Way of the Horse offers profound insights into the human-equine relationship.

Ridden

Dressage from the Horse's Point of View

Author: Ulrike Thiel

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

ISBN: 9781570765582

Category: Nature

Page: 230

View: 8845

What does the horse feel when a rider is crooked in the saddle? What is it like to go faster or slower, to round curves and travel straight, with an unbalanced load to carry? What goes through the horse's mind when he is over-flexed and over-aided...when he is forced into biomechanically unsound positions? What happens when a prey animal (the horse) must learn to defeat his own preservation instinct and perform on cue with a predator (humankind) clinging to his back? In this important book, Dr. Ulrike Thiel--a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, sport psychologist, dressage rider, riding instructor, judge, and Xenophon Society classical trainer--examines these important questions, and others. With the use of exercises and astute comparisons, Thiel gives readers an eye-opening tour of the realm of the ridden dressage horse, ensuring we all work to make the job of "being ridden" part of a mutual pursuit--a dance involving two engaged and caring partners, a friendship binding mind and body.

Taking the Path of Zen

Author: Robert Aitken

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 1466895233

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 3986

There is a fine art to presenting complex ideas with simplicity and insight, in a manner that both guides and inspires. In Taking the Path of Zen Robert Aitken presents the practice, lifestyle, rationale, and ideology of Zen Buddhism with remarkable clarity. The foundation of Zen is the practice of zazen, or mediation, and Aitken Roshi insists that everything flows from the center. He discusses correct breathing, posture, routine, teacher-student relations, and koan study, as well as common problems and milestones encountered in the process. Throughout the book the author returns to zazen, offering further advice and more advanced techniques. The orientation extends to various religious attitudes and includes detailed discussions of the Three Treasures and the Ten Precepts of Zen Buddhism. Taking the Path of Zen will serve as orientation and guide for anyone who is drawn to the ways of Zen, from the simply curious to the serious Zen student.

Polo Life

Horses, Sport, 10 and Zen

Author: A. Snow S Onderdonk

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997585407

Category:

Page: 224

View: 6620

Polo Life: Horses, Sport, 10 and Zen delves into the world of high goal polo through the uniquely situated lenses of former 10-goaler Adam Snow and his wife and veterinarian, Shelley Onderdonk. Together their voices provide unprecedented access into the horse and human dynamics that make the sport tick; their passion, respect, and commitment for the sport and each other shine through each page. Less polo manual than human interest story, their chapters cover a broad range of topics: there is a horse so good she probably single-handedly altered the trajectory of Adam's career, a farm named after the city where the couple met in college, and a country and polo culture that shaped Adam as a player...and where their luggage was stolen more than once. Adam recounts his childhood obsession with ball sports; Shelley hers with horses. Together, they reveal how sports psychology has been integral to Adam's success, tell behind-the-scenes stories about teammates, grooms and trainers, celebrate their legendary equine partners, and provide an uncensored glimpse into the glamorous international component of the sport from Buenos Aires to Bandar Seri Begawan. The dynamics of maintaining a healthy marriage and family within the framework of a professional athlete's career are also fundamental to Adam and Shelley's polo life. Their prose'by turns humble, humorous, and inspirational'showcases the sport's enduring appeal.