How to Train a Wild Elephant and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 12.96
  • List Price: CDN$ 17.95
  • You Save: CDN$ 4.99 (28%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness Paperback – Jul 12 2011


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 12.96
CDN$ 7.18 CDN$ 6.59

Join Amazon Student in Canada



Frequently Bought Together

Customers buy this book with Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food--includes CD CDN$ 15.52

How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness + Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food--includes CD
Price For Both: CDN$ 28.48

Show availability and shipping details


Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (July 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590308174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590308172
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on Amazon.ca
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 46 reviews
69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Being engaged without being attached... July 12 2011
By Sreeram Ramakrishnan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Without any reliance on overly religious constructs, Bays provides a collection of exercises that will force a reader to reevaluate one's degree of engagement with oneself and the surroundings and improve one's mindfulness - the ability to be engaged without being critical or judgmental. (Review based on a review copy via NetGalley and adapted from my blog)

Not surprisingly, the core message is similar to other Eastern thoughts - for example, Krishnamurti's "being engaged, but not attached". What Bays is able to accomplish in this book is to interpret rigorous philosophy, frame it using psychological studies and provide an actionable exercise with clear instructions on what to observe and anticipated impacts. In that sense, this book is deceptively simple - it can come across as an oversimplification of the mindfulness discipline but after practicing 4 exercises chosen from the book, its profoundness in simplicity is remarkable.

Bays provides a series of 52 exercises (one for each week) for improving one's mindfulness. Each chapter provides a short description of the exercise itself, the philosophical underpinnings, observations from those who practiced that exercise, and a 'deeper' interpretation ("what does this exercise really mean?"). The succinctness of each chapter is matched only by its simplicity. A reader will be tempted to be working on more than one exercise at a time...I think it is worthwhile to spend an entire week devoted to just one exercise - thereby achieving a degree of patience training as a bonus. For those more inclined to Eastern philosophy, pairing the exercise with a daily thought exercise based on Krishnamurthi's Book of Life is a good way to structure one's experiment with the exercises.

The exercises are not necessarily organized by any themes (perhaps intentionally), Whether they are in the form of breathing exercises (where the similarities with the Pranayama (yoga) is striking, though one shouldn't be surprised) or exercises associated with eating, or those geared towards increasing our field of vision and sensation.. each exercise provides a very subtle nudge for behavior modification - all, with the intent to increase awareness. These exercises are not very abstract either. For example, the very first one that aims to increase our awareness of our less dominant hand is quite fun to try out (in fact with Wii Sports and other games, this is an exercise which can actually use technology to observe one's behavior without any bias - the disparities in scores using my right and left hands decreased in a week's time... but, the exercise achieved its purpose - increase awareness of how for-granted I took the other hand...). Most exercises are structured in a way where one can easily quantify the impact.

Whether you are a novice to the mindfulness discipline or looking to enhance your meditation aptitude, or discover new ideas to improve one's awareness, this book will not disappoint. It is not intended to be an introduction to mindfulness - but an intermediate level practice guide for someone familiar with the concepts. On the other hand, Bays is also likely to inspire a reader to be more curious on the discipline. For the price of a few lattes, this book can potentially change the way you relate to yourself and your surroundings. One can't assign a value for that opportunity. A must read. (5*)
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Worthwhile Mindfulness Guide Aug. 24 2011
By Donald Altman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I write mindfulness books myself, and what I love about this book is that I can open it up anywhere and find a valuable mindfulness practice. Each chapter is short and to the point, which suits the material. There's a lot more in each chapter then meets the eye--meaning that you could easily devote entire week to each subject. Actually, Chozen Bays' own monastery uses each of the practices included here one week at a time. I like reading one a day as a centering practice. This book is for those who are new to mindfulness, as well as for those with an ongoing practice. Highly recommended!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I love this book! Sept. 10 2011
By A. Blanchard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I got this book at the library and have enjoyed it enough to buy it myself. I want to take a week to practice and savor each exercise. As others have commented, it is very simple in approach but profound at the same time. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to slow down and experience more life in their body, as opposed to spending their life in their head (where I've been most of my life). This book is a terrific reminder to pay attention to ourselves and our bodies as we live. I love this book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Lets hope this elephant never forgets! Aug. 29 2013
By Wonderlust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved the book!. I started "the leaving no trace project" that project alone got me on track. Everyone needs to read this book. It is more than a self help book, it truly can change your life one little step at a time. All you need to do is get on the path, stay on it, and never look back. I would highly recommend this book especially for senior citizens who are trying to decide whether to stay in their own homes or go into "assisted living." My advice: get rid of the clutter, take one baby step at a time, downsize everything, maybe get a like minded room mate and stay in your own humble little abode. Keep life simple.

Rosa McCurdy 81 year old former wild elephant loving life and keeping a neat home on my own!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Bringing mindfulness to everyone Oct. 14 2011
By Scave31 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I never really thought about mindfulness before. It seemed too big, too general. But How To Train A Wild Elephant brings mindfulness to every day. With 53 great ideas for training yourself to be mindful -- one idea at a time -- being mindful is easier than ever. Some of the ideas seem great right away. Others need more of an explaination, which Bays gives with thoughtful thoroughness and sometimes humor. Whether you want to move quickly through each area of focus or take it more slowly perfecting your mindfulness skills in each area completely before moving on to the next, no matter how you do it. This book isn't just for budding Buddhists. It's for anyone who wants to bring awareness into their day-to-day lives.


Feedback