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Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses is a primer on spirituality, brain function, and the bonds between the equine and human species. It is written from my unique perspective as a Harvard-trained brain surgeon and an experienced horse trainer. It is both a technical manual for training horses and a guide to extracting the deeper, spiritual lessons we can learn from these animals and applying them in our daily lives. It looks at horsemanship as a spiritual journey, open to anyone,at any level of expertise, and at any stage in their lives.

Ground work with horses provides a vital tool for humans — from a complete novice to an accomplished horse trainer — to reawaken and strengthen the capacity of our dormant right brain. With the lessons in Zen Mind, Zen Horse , we can discover a reliable way to silence our inner voice. We can move from an isolated, self-absorbed “me” to a connected, interactive “we.” Developing a partnership with a horse teaches us to summon and focus our own vital energy, the non-verbal life force of chi, in our interactions with others.

Zen Mind, Zen Horse is the 2012 Nautilus Gold Winner for Animal/Nature "Books That Are Changing the World."

The Nautilus Gold Award recognizes distinguished literary contributions that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change...while at the same time stimulating the "imagination" and offering the reader "new possibilities" for a better life and a better world.

Zen Mind, Zen Horse is not just a book for those who feel the deep tug of affection for horses; it is also for anyone who has a spiritual itch to become a better, happier and more fulfilled individual, and wonders where to start and how to accomplish it.

No horse experience is needed to make these lessons work. Zen Mind Zen Horse uses the exceptional power of horses to demonstrate dozens of principles and then allows us for ourselves which ones we need most in our lives: clearing our mind, focusing our intention, living in the moment, or forging relationships based on integrity.


Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses
storey publishingAuthor Allan J. Hamilton, M.D.
ISBN: 9781603425650 published by Storey Publishing

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