Lead With Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses

Somehow, we had it in our head that this book was going to be an over-simplistic series of touching stories which would end thusly;

  • Horses are generous.  Therefore, I am generous.
  • Horses are good people.  Therefore, I am good people.
  • Horses rock...

And, granted, the simplicity is there.  However, it's neither presented in such an over-simplistic manner, nor does Dr. Hamilton use flowery or incredibly sophisticated verbiage.  It's just right.

There is so much substance and so much incredibly pure insight, wisdom and love that it's too much at times.  We blame ourselves.  It doesn't take much for our mind to splinter off into bits of intangible ethos-type materials. 

What is clear from having perused the first few pages is that the writer is as excellent as he is well-spoken, loving, intelligent and passionate for horses and life.  The Doctor knows how to live in the now.  This is how he works. 

He grounds himself along with his trainees before the work begins. 

Lead With Your Heart is a great read.  It espouses so many spiritual concepts.  However, they're almost snuck-in.  For fact, the spirituality involved is not as publicized as are other aspects of the book.  It's so perfect.

Treat yourself with a read.  Then, share the book with someone you care about.  It's a perfect gift.

Lead With Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses

Always keep in mind that the next person - or horse - to come along just might be able to teach you something new and better.

Offering an escape route is a subtle way to demonstrate respect and generosity.

Patience and mistakes go hand in hand.

Success and praise are the building blocks of gratitude, and gratitude is the foundation of happiness.

The problem we notice on the surface is almost never the real dilemma, which is often deeply embedded in history.

Trust is a power, too.

When we discipline ourselves to become mindful of our own energy and the energy around us, as attentive listeners we learn to apply impeccable attention.

About the Author:

Allan Hamilton’s started off working life as a janitor. Today, Dr. Hamilton holds four Professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has been chosen by his neurosurgical peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors.” Dr. Hamilton has authored more than twenty medical textbook chapters, fifty research articles, and has served on the editorial board of several medical journals. He has been a vocal advocate for reform of medical education and the peer-review process to reduce morbidity and mortality from medical mistakes and surgical mishaps

Dr. Hamilton's first book, The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope (2008,Tarcher/Penguin USA) was awarded the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award, which was conceived to recognize world-changing books. Previous Nautilus Award winners include Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Scalpel and Soul has been translated into several languages and is now in a paperback edition. For the last several years Dr. Hamilton has served as medical script consultant to the TV series Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Dr. Hamilton raises Lipizzan horses, German Shepherds, and purebred Angus cattle on his ranch on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona. His latest book, Zen Mind, Zen Horse—The Science and Sprituality of Working with Horses was published in September, 2011 by Storey Publishing. Forewords for the book were written by Monty Roberts and Dr. Robert Miller—two of the luminaries of the horse world.

Author: Dr. Allan J. Hamilton
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612127347
ISBN-13: 978-1612127347
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 7.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

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