- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (February 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425161609
- ISBN-13: 978-0425161609
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wind Is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman Paperback – February 1, 1998
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Captivating . . . it is as entertaining as the best novel, replete with stories both humorous and heartwarming, along with some fascinating revelations about Native American child-rearing, history and the world of the shaman. . . This is a compelling and important work -- it offers a rare glimpse into the training of a true shaman and a Native American view of their history with the Europeans. The Wind Is My Mother is practical, genuine and uplifting. -- HEALTH, Body-Mind-Spirit, April/May 1997
Inspiring. . . A charismatic storyteller, Bear Heart's autobiography is rich not only with the amazing accomplishments and wisdom of his life as a medicine man but also with the ages-old legends of his people. . . This book feels so good to read, to reflect upon, to practice. Simple advice for a more simplified life. -- Evolving Woman, May 1996
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"At once mystical and utterly practical, Bear Heart's message is not a call to conversion, but the testimony of a life so fully lived that it can heal others. To read it is to be inspired to live one's own life with more attention, harmony and hope." Lorene Cary, author of Black Ice
"This fascinating book is a rare combination of universal truths and practical applications. It is an excellent manual for living a healthy life in a complex world." John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
"A fantastic book; you won't want to miss it . . . an eye-opening piece of history." Mark Steiner, WJHU Radio, Baltimore, Maryland
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Many lessons of life are conveyed in these writings that would be great tools for rearing children.
The book has a slightly slow beginning, but continue reading. I read a little in between a busy schedule, looking
forward to a moment of calm, of reflection, and insight.
then i read the wind is my mother, by bear heart. to say that the book changed my life would be an overstatement, but it was so kind in its message. he was an extremely disciplined individual and what was so cool about it was that he didn't psychoanalyze a bunch of reasons why he did what he did. it's almost as simple as the tao of pooh. it definitely helped me to remove my emotions from every single decision i made, helped me to be kinder to myself in regards to my self-discipline, and most of all, helped me to forgive myself for the way i had been living, because to forgive means to move on, and i was ready to move on, but for some reason, i was always feeling guilty about one thing or another, thus preventing me from moving on.
when i began reading this book, i hadn't dreamed in months, or rather, hadn't remembered my dreams. then after i read on the first night, i dreamed i was running around the UNC track, which is blue in real life, and i was running and the track turned into a big ocean and there were live shrimp in there with me and we were all just swimming around. to say that it is cool to me that i remember a dream from 13 years ago is pretty bada$$. :)
the message of this book is kindness. maybe i should say messages. kindness, honesty, and compassion. and in my opinion, if i am able to create these messages from within, towards myself, i'll be a lot easier on those around me. it's sort of a circle. a friend once told me, "you gotta give to get." and i really think that is true, but i learned through this book, that i need to start with myself. i need to give myself the compassion and honesty and then i can be true to life around me.
also, from a non-self help standpoint, i loved the stories of bear heart's youth, and his stories of learning to be a medicine man. his manner of storytelling via text is very similar to a speech, and there are lots of playful, non-formal moments in the book that i cherish. i hope you'll consider reading this. i re-purchased it again just recently for my iPad and even though i remembered almost all of it, it was a joy to read over and over again. <3