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Body Mind Mastery: Creating Success in Sports and Life [Kindle Edition]

Dan Millman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Drawing on his extensive experience as a coach and world champion athlete, bestselling author Dan Millman reveals a path to success not only in sports but in any life endeavor that requires training and the integration of the body and mind — from golf and tennis to playing the piano. Body Mind Mastery is a revised and updated edition of Millman’s classic The Inner Athlete and includes a brand new Peaceful Warrior warmup, with photos and instructions on creating a daily exercise routine from Millman’s principles, as well as a new section on the aging athlete. Through personal experience, as well as anecdotes from teaching and coaching at such schools as Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and Oberlin College, Millman directs the reader through the detailed process of attaining the optimum performance of body and mind, where “our minds are free of concern or anxiety, focused on the present moment; our bodies relaxed, sensitive, elastic, and aligned with gravity; our emotions free-flowing expression, uninhibited, spontaneous.”

Body Mind Mastery includes overview chapters on developing mental, emotional, physical talent; practical chapters on training, competition, and the evolution of athletics; and Millman’s exploration of natural laws that govern mental and physical training. It is a seminal book that examines the psychology behind the search for athletic excellence, and shows anyone how to improve skills, accelerate learning, and unleash athletic potential. The skills it teaches are applicable in sports and daily life — transforming training into a path of personal growth and discovery.


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Based on his classic book, THE INNER ATHLETE, the program is about how to create mental and physical harmony while mastering coordinated physical activities. Though he says competition develops grace under pressure, he argues against winning as a primary goal and advises us to think more about our degree of focus, concentration, and attention. With the credibility of his own athletic achievements, he offers us many knowledgeable suggestions. He has an understanding of sports physiology that goes beyond muscle toning and skill building – he knows the Eastern concept of life energy that underlies all achievement and expression, and articulates his ideas with Zen-like clarity and a unified purpose. A worthwhile program for anyone aspiring to oneness and tranquility in the sports arena. T.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1577310942
  • Publisher: New World Library; Revised and Updated edition (September 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EO8ERU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Effort But Nothing New August 27, 2001
Format:Paperback
The book has 166 pages of content and can be divided into three main parts. The first part is fairly abstract, Millman calls it "Understanding the Larger Game". The first chapter is about natural laws that Millman sees as being helpful to understand; the next has to do with bringing awareness to our activities as a way to see what we are doing wrong, what we are doing right, and then learning from our mistakes; last chapter of part 1 is about preparation, about slow and steady progress. Personally, having read alot of self help and mind body I didn't really find this first part very helpful. The second part and the first chapter of the third part are, to me, the meat and bones of the book, where the concrete content is. He has chapters on Mental, Emotional, and Physical talent and how to cultivate all three. He talks about the self concept, fear of failure, about breathing, and then about strength, suppleness, stamina, and sensitivity. Then there is a chapter with specific advice for working on skills, like hitting a golf ball or diving or gymnastics. The third part of the book criticizes the focus on results and urges more focus on focus, concentration and personal growth and the last chapter is about new sports, less competitive, that Millman sees developing in the future. Again, this part is more abstract and it is very normative, criticizing competition, though he does recognize that it can bring out the best in people, and then naming some new sports he sees as good developments. He also suggests requiring athletes in asymettrical sports such as golf, tennis, bowling and baseball to "use both arms equally" (pg 143). I found that a little annoying and I also didn't really see it as having a place in this book. Overall, there are a bunch of good points in here, it is clear that Millman understands how to pursue excellence and growth, but I felt the book was a bit unfocused and there was nothing really new for someone who has done some reading in this area. Greg ...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced approach September 11, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Dan Millman is definetly one of my favorite authors and speakers. Ever since I read his book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, almost 15 years ago, I have gravitated towards his work. I even translated one of his books, The Laws of Spirit, from English to Icelandic a few years back. My review might therefore be tainted with my admiration : )

Body Mind Mastery is a great book for athletes and Millmans approach is balanced and invigorating. He challenges the athletes training routines and mindset with a perfect blend of information and practical guidlines.

Many coaches in Iceland have used this book with good outcomes as a result of my recommending it to them.

It has even come in handy for people I know that are not professional athletes. The philosophy expounded on can be used in varied situations in life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read...ever January 2, 2009
By smf
Format:Paperback
I am a personal trainer and natural competitive bodybuilder, so I'm always on the hunt for new material about the mental aspect of physical performance. Body Mind Mastery was one of the first books I'd ever read on the subject, so I wasn't expecting a whole lot. Little did I know that the book would change my life and the lives of my clients.

It's really amazing how "mental" everything we do really is. It seems as if it would be a no-brainer (ha, no pun intended), but when you are in a position of physical discomfort, you tend to blame the pain on your failing muscles and disregard the fact that the mind is actually what's "quiting" first. Yes, there are physiological things happening as your muscle tissue is filling with lactic acid and screaming at you to quit, but there's also that mental voice telling you to "STOP!" because it has no familiarity with this newfound pain. It's only after you push past the regular pain barriers consistently that you make changes and start seeing results both mentally and physically.

I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in more of the sports/physical aspects of mental mastery. I even wrote a blog about how much I loved the book at [...] because I try to get the word out as much as possible. I hope you pick it up, practice the basic drills and are as inspired as I have been. You won't regret this purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent book November 12, 2006
Format:Paperback
Dan Millman does a master job of explaining a lot of very important techniques needed in developing skills (in sport). I just wish I could have read this book many years ago... It is well explained, funny at times, enjoyable, well structured and with plenty of examples from many sports so everyone (almost) can related to situations similar to the ones described.

This is a must have book for any sportsman(woman)
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Millman's work transforms "training" June 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"Millman's work combines the best of the human potential movement with the practical tools needed to reach that goal. It features sections on the "Peaceful Warrior Warm-Up", the aging athlete, and instructions for creating a daily exercise routine. This work is as much about mastering life as it is about the game itself." - NAPRA REVIEW
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Book February 4, 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a very solid book to read in your quest of mastery. Not quite the total package. I think the book on Mastery by George Leonard covers the whole realm of mastery a little better. This book does make a couple of great points, like when your practicing a skill to over compensate by doing the complete oppsoite. If your shooting a basketball & keep missing to the right then practice missing a couple to left so you can find balance & make the shot down the middle. This also teaches you mentally to that you can control balance by being unbalanced, which will make help you see being balanced more clearly. A little weird but works. But this is only one of many good points I think Millman gives. Its a great start for mastery & is highly recommend
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
nothing that new or surprising.
Published 6 days ago by artie solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Body, Mind Mastery a winner
This book is fantastic. Has changed my life. I bought five other copies and gave them to my children and grandchildren.
Published 2 months ago by Marianne Doran
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
The book was very inspiring, but didn't have a lot of practical advice on how to apply the mental concepts.
Published 15 months ago by Debbie J Hilliard Hilliard and Hilliard
4.0 out of 5 stars Self-mastery
As with all of Dan Millman's books - the common denominator is self-mastery.

This book happens to focus on physicality - without abandoning consciousness and the unity... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Val-erie
3.0 out of 5 stars it is highly eclected.
My expectation was to read some principles rather than some success stories which do not have some common guiding rules.
Published 17 months ago by M.Tinaz Titiz/Mr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
One of the best books I have ever read. Dan Millman always changes my way to see the world, his ideas are remarkable and out of the box.
Published 17 months ago by Dayene Oliveira
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of useful hints
This book gives timeless advice about sport and life based on Millman's own experience. Very interesting even though it has been published in 1999.
Published 19 months ago by Nanni Cinzia
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
As a cyclist I need every tool I can get to help me ride my best and this book is one the best tool for that I ever found
Published 20 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Body, Mind, Mastery
Excellent book. It is filled with a wealth of information and a multitude of useful stategies which I'll be able to put to use both in my personal life and in my coaching.
Published on February 10, 2011 by Art
2.0 out of 5 stars Tough and Boring
He's got a lot to say, but I didn't find it at all inspiring. I guess if I had a coach the helped me practice these principles it would work. Read more
Published on September 6, 2009 by Matty P
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More About the Author

Most people who've read Way of the Peaceful Warrior (or seen the movie) already know a few aspects of my life. And you may have seen my summary bio at my website, as follows:

"Dan Millman, a former world champion athlete, coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor, is author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted to film in 2006), and numerous other books read by millions of people in 29 languages. Dan teaches worldwide and has influenced people from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainment and the arts. Dan and his wife, Joy, live in Northern California. His most recent book is The Four Purposes of Life.

Dan's website - peacefulwarrior.com -- features a link to the "Life Purpose Calculator,"and to my online courses and other resources."

Now here are some personal notes:

In my youth I focused on self-improvement, taking memory courses, speed reading; practicing martial arts and gymnastics. Then one day I realized that no matter how much I improved myself, only one person benefited -- but if I could influence other people in a positive way, that made my life more meaningful and exciting.

I began teaching gymnastics, and elements from the martial arts -- that soon shifted into the larger arena of personal growth. I began to write and to speak more widely, especially after the publication of my first book.

I've been lucky, maybe blessed, to have the chance to touch many lives around the world.

Joy and I have been married for 37 years and we grow closer each day, it seems, as we gain perspective and cultivate a sense of humor (about ourselves and one another). I'm a proud father of three grown daughters and two grandsons so far.

I believe you'd find me a good (but not perfect) example of what I teach. I continue to practice, to learn, to serve as well as I can. I do my best to keep my head in the clouds but feet on the ground.

For more info about my books and seminars, please visit www.peacefulwarrior.com, sign up for my eList, follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or just search for peaceful warrior.

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