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About the Author

Dan Millman is a former world champion gymnast, college professor, and martial arts instructor. His books have inspired more than three million readers in 28 languages. He has taught at numerous writers conferences and speaks worldwide, presenting Peaceful Warrior seminars to people from all walks of life.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Revised and Updated edition (March 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577310942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577310945
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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“Whether you are a world-class competitor, weekend athlete, or fitness enthusiast, this book will help you overcome self-created hurdles and reawaken the natural athlete—the body mind master—inside you. Body Mind Mastery provides a clear map to a less stressful, more meaningful approach to practicing sport and life. It’s not about dedicating your life to your training but dedicating your training to your life.”

“Allow rather than resist what arises in the present moment—inside or out. Let it be interesting rather than good or bad.”

~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

Dan Millman is a former world-champion athlete and gymnastics coach at Stanford and UC Berkeley. He’s also a really cool, wise guy.

If you’ve read his classic, semi-autobiographical book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior (that was recently made into a cool movie starring Nick Nolte as Socrates), you know how Dan brilliantly weaves Western and Eastern thought into a practical philosophy for our modern lives.

This book is all about integrating our Body and Minds to create a deep sense of wholeness.

As Dan says: “You are a dynamic whole greater than the sum of your parts. By integrating your body, mind, and emotions through training, you reshape your life.”

Let’s take a quick look on some of the Big Ideas:

1. Vigor, Vitality & Activity - A matter of activity.
2. The Fear of Failure - A vicious circle.
3. Rockin’ It - Baby-style.
4. The Moment of Truth - Is NOW!
5. Backing Up - To get a running start.

As they say, one can have no greater or smaller mastery than mastery of oneself and how you do anything is how you do everything. I say we get out there and shine!

(More goodness--including PhilosophersNotes on 250+ books at http://www.brianjohnson.me)
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