How to Train a Wild Elephant

Author: Jan Chozen Bays
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834827462
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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

Author: Jan Chozen Bays
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1611804450
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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.

Mindful Eating

Author: Jan Chozen Bays
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834822610
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

Fully Present

Author: Susan L. Smalley
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
ISBN: 0738213241
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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.

Mindfulness to Go

Author: David Harp
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 9781608824687
Format: PDF
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Stay Calm and Focused, No Matter What Most people don’t start mindfulness meditation to become saints or gurus. They’re just tired of feeling stressed and are looking for effective ways to get a grip on their emotions and, quite simply, to calm down. If you’re among them, feel free to leave your incense and meditation pillow at home—Mindfulness to Go is your pocket guide to reaping the benefits of meditation just about anywhere you might find yourself throughout your busy day. This on-the-go guide to mindfulness helps you get better at turning your focus away from the frustrations of daily life and toward the thoughts and feelings that can do you the most good. Starting with the most basic exercises, you’ll work your way up to creating a personal mindfulness strategy that will help you remain cool, calm, and collected in every situation, no matter what life throws your way.

Living by Vow

Author: Shohaku Okumura
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614290105
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

Train Your Brain to Get Happy

Author: Teresa Aubele
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440511810
Format: PDF, ePub
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Presents a series of activities which can be implemented to increase personal happiness, including such strategies as fostering positive thinking, improving nutrition, getting enough sleep, learning a new skill, and incorporating relaxation exercises.

Sitting Still Like a Frog

Author: Eline Snel
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834829193
Format: PDF
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This introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents includes practices that can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware.

Jizo Bodhisattva

Author: Jan Chozen Bays
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462918050
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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.