"If you need some encouragement in living with joy, read this book. It will change your perspective on everything." —Lana Philips
"Sawatsky beautifully models a way to dance in the gale of full catastrophe, to celebrate life, to laugh with it and at himself." —Jon Kabat-Zinn, national bestselling author of Full Catastrophe Living
"...beautiful and inspiring book...full of humor and wisdom about the pain of loss in our life, by someone living with a debilitating disease." —Jean Vanier, national bestselling author of Becoming Human
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Want to enjoy the life you are living, even as you face major life challenges?
Is your mind succumbing to age? Is your body failing you? Can you ever find joy, peace, or fulfillment in these challenging conditions? The answer is a resounding YES.
Author Jarem Sawatsky saw the countless guides out there for those caring for the ill and healing the curable, but when he was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease he found there was nothing for those living with incurable illness. He quit his job as a professor and devoted his life to exploring the possibilities of living with chronic conditions. Now he’s bringing his findings and insights to you in this empowering mindfulness guide.
In Dancing With Elephants you’ll discover:
• Simple practices to bring healing to your heart and life to your new outlook
• Humorous (and occasionally heart-wrenching) stories of Sawatsky’s own journey of self-discovery and surprising family caregiving
• Multiple ways to build confidence in yourself, even when you’ve been shaken to the core
• A new perspective to transform your pain and renew your spirit
• Practical tools to face your seemingly inescapable fears, and much, much more!
Based on the popular blog of the same name, Dancing With Elephants includes insightful interviews with compassion experts Jon Kabat-Zinn, Lucy Kalanithi, and Patch Adams. Sawatsky’s landmark book provides support that only a fellow traveler down this road can offer.
If you like touching stories, mindful wisdom, and a touch of irreverent humor, then you’ll love Sawatsky’s life-changing book.
Buy Dancing With Elephants today to discover a new way to live with joy!
PRAISE FOR DANCING WITH ELEPHANTS
Mere words cannot express how thoughtful and lovely this book is." Mere words cannot express how thoughtful and lovely this book is." Professor H
"If you need some encouragement in living with joy, read this book. It will change your perspective on everything." --Lana Philips
"Sawatsky beautifully models a way to dance in the gale of full catastrophe, to celebrate life, to laugh with it and at himself." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, national bestselling author of Full Catastrophe Living
"...beautiful and inspiring book...full of humor and wisdom about the pain of loss in our life, by someone living with a debilitating disease." --Jean Vanier, national bestselling author of Becoming Human
"In Dancing with Elephants, Jarem Sawatsky offers a powerful example of the art of real happiness. This inspiring story reminds us just how essential it is to bring lovingkindness into every step of life, no matter how difficult the path." --Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author of Real Happiness
"... forthright and inspiring..." --Peter V. Rabins, co-author of The 36-Hour Day
"When life seems to be falling apart, Jarem Sawatsky's interesting and entertaining book reminds us that laughter is what we need to not take ourselves too seriously. "--Jen Mann, New York Times bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I Reverence for Life
Embracing the Hard Things
Replacing Fear with Love
Living the Life You've Got with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Part II True Happiness
Living Beauty Awake
Walking the Urban Pilgrimage
Loving a Puppy
Diving into an Ocean of Gratitude with Patch Adams
Part III True Love
Responding to a Disease with a Circle
Dying and Mourning with Love
Loving Our Ancestors
Playing with Children
Being Disarmed by Joy with Lucy Kalanithi
Part IV Loving Speech and Deep Listening
Refusing to Battle My Disease
Naming Your Own Way
Making Friends with Darkness
Remembering Forgetting Is OK
Practicing Awe During Winter's Creep with John Paul Lederach
Part V Nourishment and Healing
Valuing Your Life
Eating like a Buddha
Developing a Family Health Plan
Practicing Self-Compassion with Toni Bernhard