How to Train A Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness

Author(s): Jan Chozen Bays

Personal Development

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.


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Jan Chozen Bays, MD, is a Zen master in the White Plum lineage of the late master Taizan Maezumi Roshi. She serves as a priest and teacher at the Jizo Mountain-Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. She is also a pediatrician who specializes in the evaluation of children for abuse and neglect.

General Fields

  • : 9781590308172
  • : Shambhala Publications Inc
  • : Shambhala Publications Inc
  • : June 2011
  • : United States
  • : books

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  • : Jan Chozen Bays
  • : Paperback
  • : 213
  • : 294.34435
  • : 224