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Crum, a motivational speaker involved with corporate retreats, discusses "centering" as a practical tool for aligning the body, mind, and spirit toward an increased sense of vitality, purpose, mental calm, and physical alertness. Drawing on his experience as an instructor of the martial art aikido, Crum offers visualization and meditative exercises to help achieve a centered state. A well-written book geared for a wide audience, but of special interest to athletes, businesspeople, and anyone interested in a spiritual approach to peak performance.
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Tom Crum has led, well, an interesting life. He taught mathematics, worked in business, established a Martial Arts school, co-founded the Windstar Foundation with singer John Denver, and founded Aiki Works, a company which provides motivational speaking, workshops, publications and other services to aid people in their becoming more effective, happier, more centered humans. Tom is also a successful author, having published The Magic of Conflict several years ago. Tom's newest book, Journey to Center, has just been released. Let me tell you, it's a gem.

In his second major book, Tom writes about centering. What, you may ask is centering? Tom says: "Centering is not an abstract term, but rather a practical tool available to all of us. We each have the ability to unify body, mind and spirit in a manner which will make us more relaxed, energized, and integrated than ever before. We can release stress rather than acquire it."

This book helps show the way to a more centered state. If Tom's first book was a how-to on centering and other concepts, this book is the user's manual. With great humor, self-deprecating and otherwise, Tom explains how life's pressures can cause us to become uncentered. More importantly, he teaches how to find center again. That doesn't mean we ignore life's problems, nor do we deny their importance. But it is truly up to us as to how we react, and how we can "turn a life of work into a work of art."

Even if you are always perfectly centered, and can easily handle the slowest checkout line or the rudest co-worker (or in Tom's case, the nearby wild elephant), you will enjoy this book. Tom teaches without seeming to teach. Journey to Center is filled with wonderful stories of uncentered moments, both his own and other folks'. We learn with Tom the lesson of attachment taught by a young Monk and an old (but well-toothed) monkey in Thailand. We see powerful lessons in centering taught by the Dalai Lama when he and Tom co-lead a workshop. Tom tells touching stories of friends who taught him powerful lessons by facing death with centered and calm temperaments. The book contains several stories of how Tom has dealt with some unusual problems by functioning from center, including the gentleman who rode his mules into Aspen in tribute to his certainty that John Denver was actually John the Baptist. We learn what really went on when Tom took his then 14-year-old son out of school for a year and traveled around the globe as a team. Jungles, beaches, mountains, and a whole heck of a lot of golf courses all played roles in teaching Tom, who now helps to teach us through this terrific book. -- Major Hal Bidlack, Windstar Journal, Fall 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (October 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684839229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684839226
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Due to various emotional baggage and lack of the skills needed to advance myself, I have been unable, until now, to use any of the plethora of self-help methods from any other book. My skill in concentration was non-existant. I walked around every single day with a humongous knot of anxiety in my gut. This book has literally changed all that. It is not the magic save-all. It is merely the best way I have ever found to begin my journey through life. It is now the basis for everything I do. To those who read it: Read it through at least once. Try it. Then augment it with other techniques and advancement methods. Just don't stop and always stay centered.
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By A Customer on September 22, 1998
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Journey to Center is about Tom Crum's trip through life, with highs and lows. He writes about his experiences with Monks, elephants, civl wars, and more. His stories teach, inspire, and make you laugh. A remarkable book for its charm, elegance, and warmth
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By A Customer on November 20, 1998
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Journey to Center was probably a great book for me because I had the chance to actually meet the writer. And to know the writer and then read his book, gives a more deeper understanding and meaning to what is being said. Journey to Center is funny, moving, and can be very emotional at times. Thomas Crum is a great writer, one who talks to you through his books, not just write to you. It was very inspirational. One of my favorites!
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and then tried it at home. This material was presented to my team in a training seminar at work. I liked it enough to purchase this book on my own. I have read it through two times and it was as my review rated it, ok. I believe it rely's too much on practical or more so common knowledge about having patience, clarity, finding center or anything a random person on the street might have to say about finding one's center. Maybe I'm being too critical, but the book just didn't deliver it's potential. Of course that is only my opinion after having read it.
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I have really liked other books written by Thomas Crum and was excited to read this book. In reading Journey to Center it felt a bit dis-articulated or that the path of the "journey" wasn't entirely clear. On the other hand it presented some well written and entertaining anecdotes about the experiences of being centered.
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Through a unique style of inspirational story telling, Thomas Crum generously offers some essential tools that help us live with greater peace, productivity, and most importantly, joy.
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If you are someone who enjoys learning from a good storyteller, and you are interested in cultivating a calm, centered, and balanced presence no matter what is happening around you, this book will inspire you to do just that. Coming from a background of Aikido, the author demonstrates the connection between mastering one's own ability to center and move in a state of 'flow' while defending oneself with no violence toward the aggressor, with living one's life amidst the many challenges and constant stimulation that Life delivers. His style of writing is completely accessible while beautifully expressed. I highly recommend it!
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