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: 9429

“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: 8968

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.

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: 3718

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.

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: 8381

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.

Zen and Horses

Lessons from a Year of Riding

Author: Ingrid Soren

Publisher: Rodale Press

ISBN: 9781579545482

Category: Nature

Page: 212

View: 9325

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.

Walking the Way of the Horse

Exploring the Power of the Horse-Human Relationship

Author: Leif Hallberg

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595479081

Category: Pets

Page: 664

View: 8468

Since time eternal horses have walked beside us, helping to shape our destinies, taking us on journeys of the soul, and offering as a gift their power, mystique, and beauty. While it has taken some time, mental health professionals and educators alike have begun to formally acknowledge the emotional, mental and physical benefits that humans can receive by spending time with horses. In the U.S. alone, there are already more than 900 programs that offer therapeutic or educational programming provided in partnership with horses. Leif Hallberg has extensively researched the field of Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Educational Services, and this book reveals the many ways horses can help humans. Become familiar with: Key definitions Historical information about working with horses in therapeutic and educational settings Ethical considerations Practical applications Learn more about the healing power of horses and their rich history of working together with humans in Walking the Way of the Horse. For additional information about this book, and Leif Hallberg visit www.walkingthewayofthehorse.com

Wild Horses of the West

History and Politics of America's Mustangs

Author: J. Edward De Steiguer

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816528264

Category: Nature

Page: 249

View: 5844

When the Spanish explorers brought horses to North America, the horses were, in a sense, returning home. Beginning with their origins fifty million years ago, the wild horse has been traced from North America through Asia to the plains of SpainÕs Andalusia and then back across the Atlantic to the ranges of the American West. When given the chance, these horses simply took up residence in the landscape that their ancestors had roamed so long ago. In Wild Horses of the West, J. Edward de Steiguer provides an entertaining and well-researched look at one of the most controversial animal welfare issues of our timeÑthe protection of free-roaming horses on the WestÕs public lands. This is the first book in decades to include the entire story of these magnificent animals, from their evolution and biology to their historical integration into conquistador, Native American, and cowboy cultures. And the story isnÕt over. De Steiguer goes on to address the modern issuesÑ ecology, conservation, and land managementÑsurrounding wild horses in the West today. Featuring stunning color photographs of wild horses, this extremely thorough and engaging blend of history, science, and politics will appeal to students of the American West, conservation activists, and anyone interested in the beauty and power of these striking animals.

The Power of the Herd

A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation

Author: Linda Kohanov

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577316762

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 452

View: 2779

"Lessons on leadership and teamwork to help develop assertiveness, foster creativity, address conflict, and master emotional intelligence. Author draws on the nonverbal skills and experiential wisdom she teaches in equine-facilitated training. Illustrative examples include leaders such as George Washington and Andrew Jackson"--Provided by publisher.

Evidence-Based Horsemanship

Author: Stephen Peters,Martin Black

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781600476853

Category: Pets

Page: 122

View: 7417

Most horsemen agree that timing, feel, and balance are the holy trinity of horsemanship. The balance is brilliant: scientific facts and the empirical evidence to support those facts assembled by two highly respected professionals in their respective disciplines.

Biomechanics of Horse Training

Author: Jean M Kirschman

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1618427172

Category: Pets

Page: 100

View: 9735

This training manual is designed to help those riders who are struggling with a horse that has been ridden or trained using the wrong muscles. This manual is not so much a dressage manual but is for horses that have been taught stop, go, turn left, and turn right and halt. In addition he needs to be able to understand that the outside rein determines the direction of travel. If he does not have this understanding then this is the first thing we teach the horse. A horse’s balance changes as he moves, so we as riders must be aware of what the hind end, or engine, is doing. When we develop the engine, we develop the horse’s balance and we get the power of the horse. The hind legs need to come well under the horse to support, lift and power the horse forward. Much like a car when its tires are equally inflated, a horse will run better when he is balanced. All four limbs on a horse that has developed shock absorbing capabilities (think inflated tire) will have a fluid and balanced motion developing his self carriage. Self carriage has been described as feeling like a power boat; when the engine is powered up the nose of the boat comes out of the water. The object of biomechanical training is to produce correct posture which will give us pure gaits. All horses can benefit from learning correct body mechanics and can develop into an athlete that is beautiful and strong. The way to improve the gaits is to get the horse to use correct horizontal posture which also gives us correct basics.

Zen and the Successful Horseplayer

Author: Frederic Donner

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 147974073X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 230

View: 5430

Zen and the Successful Horseplayer will provide the beginner, the advanced, and even the professional horse gambler with specific resources to become a winning player. This book will also demonstrate the applicability of Zen and Eastern philosophy to handicapping, betting, and winning. Learn the basic handicapping skills Learn to be centered in your wagering Learn when you must trust your instincts Learn how to break out of a losing cycle Learn that losing is okay, losses can lead to winning on future days Learn how Zen philosophy can make you a WINNER

The Manual of Medicine and Horsemanship

Author: Beverley Kane

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434355454

Category: Medical

Page: 104

View: 8306

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.

Zen and the Brain

Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness

Author: James H. Austin

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262260350

Category: Medical

Page: 868

View: 8050

A neuroscientist and Zen practitioner interweaves the latest research on the brain with his personal narrative of Zen. Aldous Huxley called humankind's basic trend toward spiritual growth the "perennial philosophy." In the view of James Austin, the trend implies a "perennial psychophysiology"—because awakening, or enlightenment, occurs only when the human brain undergoes substantial changes. What are the peak experiences of enlightenment? How could these states profoundly enhance, and yet simplify, the workings of the brain? Zen and the Brain presents the latest evidence. In this book Zen Buddhism becomes the opening wedge for an extraordinarily wide-ranging exploration of consciousness. In order to understand which brain mechanisms produce Zen states, one needs some understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the brain. Austin, both a neurologist and a Zen practitioner, interweaves the most recent brain research with the personal narrative of his Zen experiences. The science is both inclusive and rigorous; the Zen sections are clear and evocative. Along the way, Austin examines such topics as similar states in other disciplines and religions, sleep and dreams, mental illness, consciousness-altering drugs, and the social consequences of the advanced stage of ongoing enlightenment.

More Than a Mirror

Horses, Humans and Therapeutic Practice

Author: Shannon Knapp

Publisher: Horse Sense of the Carolina

ISBN: 9780979404184

Category: Nature

Page: 415

View: 2986

The 50 cards in the Horse Sense Skill Cards set are designed to assist in the process of learning and development that occurs through equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning sessions. Originally designed for working with at-risk and adjudicated youth, the scope has been expanded and the cards are now suitable for a variety of populations including couples, families, groups, and more!

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Author: Shunryu Suzuki,David Chadwick

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781590308905

Category: Religion

Page: 148

View: 5839

The Zen master explains the practice, nature, and basic attitudes of Zen meditation.

Training in Compassion

Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong

Author: Norman Fischer

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828561

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 9954

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 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: 6713

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.

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: 1719

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.

Polo Life

Horses, Sport, 10 and Zen

Author: A. Snow S Onderdonk

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997585407

Category:

Page: 224

View: 6450

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.

Know You, Know Your Horse

An Intimate Look at Human and Horse Personalities: Identifying "Types" and Matchmaking to Ensure Long-Term Relationships

Author: Eunice Rush,Marry Morrow

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

ISBN: 1570766452

Category: Nature

Page: 252

View: 961

Wouldn't it be wonderful to understand how horses think and will react to certain situations in advance? As a matter of fact, wouldn't it be wonderful to know that about the people in your life, too? Now you can. This book delves deeply into the sections of the horse and the human brain to describe core personalities. Understanding these personalities allows the reader to determine what horse will work best for which person. This works for selecting, rehabbing, training methods, as well as matching a horse to a particular discipline. A bounty of tests and charts to enable each reader to more accurately select horse to human personalities. Any horse owner (seasoned or new) or trainer (amateur or professional) will gain a more complete understanding of what makes their equine partner tick by reading Know You, Know Your Horse.