- 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: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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)
This book is organized into three parts with nine chapters. Chapter one covers the natural laws you should understand. The power of awareness is covered in chapter two. Preparation is explained in chapter three. Part two explains how to develop mental talent, emotional talent and physical talent. The final part (Body mind mastery in action) deals with the tools for training, competition and cooperation and the evolution of athletics. There is also an epilogue section which covers “Mastering the moving experience.”
Most of the material in this book has elements of Zen, Taoism, and other esoteric philosophical principles in its lessons. I also loved the emphasis on learning and mastering the basics (fundamentals) of any sport or activity if you want to succeed. As a lifetime student of numerous martial art systems, in every single one we would always practice the basic techniques before moving on to the other techniques. This emphasis on fundamentals is one of the most important principles in this book.
If you are seeking some essential guiding principles to success in sport and life, you should check out this book.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Zen Poetry Moments: Haiku and Senryu for special occasions).
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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