Zen Mind, Zen Horse

Zen Mind, Zen Horse

The Science and Spirituality of Working With Horses

eBook - 2011
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Zen Mind, Zen Horse is both practical and profound, offering sound advice for tapping the wisdom of horses as natural mindfulness teachers.
Mindful work with horses, says neurosurgeon Allan J. Hamilton, can enlighten the human handler as much as it benefits the horse. Evolving over 30 million years to become the quintessential prey animal, equines have developed acute right-brain survival skills, such as leadership, awareness, empathy, and cooperation. In particular the horse has finely honed abilities to lead, communicate, and connect not with words, but with the vital emotional energy described in the Buddhist tradition as chi. When we learn the language of chi, we become more effective as leaders, more attuned to others, and more joyful as human beings. Zen Mind, Zen Horse begins by examining how the equine and human brains function, often related to their respective roles as prey and predator. Going on to draw insights and wisdom from spiritual traditions such as Zen Buddhism, Ayurvedic healing, and Yaqui shamanism and from the great horse cultures of the Mongolians, Bedouins, and Native Americans, Dr. Hamilton shows the importance of developing right-brain awareness and quieting the left-brain dominance of our Western brains. Seamlessly integrating spiritual principles and practical applications, Dr. Hamilton shows how to apply the chi-based approach to every aspect of horse-human communication, including: ; The act of grooming as a spiritual practice ; Techniques of alpha-horse leadership that make others gladly follow ; Gaze, stance, and gesture as training tools ; The irresistible power of infinite patience Ultimately, the author shows the depth of insight humans gain into themselves, as well as horses, after working with these amazing animals.
Publisher: [North Adams, MA] : Storey Publishing, LLC, 2011
ISBN: 9781603427807
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (320 pages)
Additional Contributors: Roberts , Monty
Miller, Robert
Call Number: eBook


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ontherideau Jun 11, 2014

Decades ago a cowboy named Roy Rogers was a horse whisperer in a time before most people whispered to animals about anything. Horse training tools generally consisted of whips and ropes, dominance was the goal. Roy Rogers gently convinced the horse to follow instructions, their partnership was visible. Fortunately "gentling" is replacing "breaking" a horse in most of the world now.
Dr. Allan Hamilton takes the practice a giant leap forward. Dr. Hamilton grew up in Manhattan, graduated from Harvard and is currently a brain surgeon who trains horses and writes books.
Zen Mind Zen Horse is a work of science, intuition, leadership, animal husbandry and a glimpse into the life of an extraordinary man. One more thing- he is the medical script consultant for Grey's Anatomy.
Even if you don't know which way the saddle goes this is an enlightening read.

“Horses are like a band of legendary Zen masters. They are perfect teachers because they uncover your real motivation. They tell you when you’re wholeheartedly committed or faking it, when you’re making a sacred vow or just paying lip service. Horses see what’s holding you back. And when you find the courage to confront those shortcomings, horses will always reward you with a way to overcome them.”


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