Today I want to recommend a book that inspires me a lot, it’s by Jan Chozen Bays “How to train a wild elephant“. It’s mostly talking about mindfulness.
Jan Chozen Bays, 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 is considered the heart of Buddhist meditation. But its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to everyone. Mind and body works in harmony. We are what we think we are. The power of mind is enormous. Not only it controls our mood also our feelings. Therefore, I believe it’s important that we focus on the moment, and train our mind to think positively.