Lead with Your Heart
Lessons from a Life with Horses
6 x 6.7 inches
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Author: Allan Hamilton, MD
In his nearly three decades of working with horses, author Dr. Allan J. Hamilton has developed a unique way of listening to these elegant creatures. His resulting insights translate far beyond the training ring and are relevant in boardrooms, living rooms, classrooms, and even meditation rooms.
“Working with a horse is never about the horse; it is always about you,” Hamilton writes in the introduction to this collection ofmore than 100 short essays. He calls on his experience as both a celebrated neurosurgeon and widely respected horse trainer to explore how the horse is a metaphor for the spirit and how working with a horse leads readers to examine themes such as the self and others; leadership, power, and trust; prey and predator; ambition and humility; learning and teaching; motivation and gratitude; and much more.
Like humans, horses yearn for harmony, kindness, and tranquility. In the herd, they share values of fairness, forgiveness, leadership, partnership, kinship, and trust. Hamilton’s essays, developed as he worked with his Lipizzan stallion Romeo, will inspire anyone interested in personal self-awareness and growth.
Praise for Lead with Your Heart
“Allan Hamilton is a real brain surgeon with true horse sense. If you want to be a better leader, teacher, parent — a more conscious human being, rather than a human doing — this is a book to keep close.”
— Stephen Kiesling, editor-in-chief, Spirituality & Health
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“Dr. Hamilton blends horse sense with common sense and adds lessons on trust, respect, and compassion, which we can take from the round pen, to the saddle, to the office, and to our living rooms.”
— Molly Sweeney, vice president of the Horses & Humans Research Foundation
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“Lead with Your Heart takes you deep into learning the art of horsemanship and helps you enter the sensory-based world of the horse.”
— Temple Grandin, author of Humane Livestock Handling and Animals in Translation
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“What a gem of a book! Allan Hamilton offers jewels to enrich our relationships with horse, family, colleagues, and self. This is the sort of book to keep close to refer to as life’s inevitable chaotic waves threaten.”
— Barbara K. Rector, CEIP-ED, co-founder of Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association
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"Recent research tells us that horses are much smarter than we once believed. Allan J. Hamilton provides an excellent foundation for how to achieve a deeper and more rewarding partnership with them.”
— Wendy Williams, author of The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion
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“Dr. Allan Hamilton’s unfailing respect for the dignity and wisdom of horses provides an excellent blueprint for all who love our equine companions.”
— Elizabeth Letts, New York Times best-selling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse
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"Hamilton transfers life lessons learned from his history with horses to be applicable to anyone wishing to live a more mindful life. Both the writing and paintings invite quiet reflection on the ways we live, act, and interact with each other, horses, and the world."
— Carmela Caruso, Bookseller at Novels & Novelties Bookstore
About Allan Hamilton, MD
Allan Hamilton started his working life as a janitor. He would eventually go on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and complete his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hamilton holds four Professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He has been chosen by his neurosurgical peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors” for the last eighteen consecutive years and selected as “One of the Leading Intellects of the Twenty-First Century.” Dr. Hamilton has held positions as Chief of Neurosurgery, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hamilton now serves as Executive Director of the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center, a multi-disciplinary think-tank at the Arizona Health Sciences Center devoted to developing new technologies and training procedures to reduced preventable medical adverse events.
He has authored more than twenty medical textbook chapters, fifty peer-review research articles, and has served on the editorial board of several medical journals. He is also a decorated Army officer who served in Operation Desert Storm.
Dr. Hamilton's first book, The Scalpel and the Soul (2008,Tarcher/Penguin USA) was awarded the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award, which was conceived to recognize world-changing books. In 2012, his second book, Zen Mind, Zen Horse—The Science and Spirituality of Training Horses (2011, Storey Publishing) won the Nautilus Gold Award. Previous Nautilus Gold Award winners include Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His books have been translated into several languages.
He has been the subject of two award-winning documentaries. The first is Playing with Magic, which chronicles his work with horses and was directed by Emmy-award winning director, Wayne Ewing. The second, Consider the Conversation, reviews his advocacy for end-of-life care for terminally-ill patients and was recently featured on PBS. His equine work has been showcased on the NBC Today Show, ABC News, CNN, and PBS. He is a frequent guest on NPR, and has been featured in Western Horseman, Equus, and Horse & Rider.
For the last several years Dr. Hamilton has served as medical script consultant on more than one hundred and fifty episodes of the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy and four seasons with Private Practice. He is listed with several speakers bureaus, is an Elite Speaker for Cunard’s Enrichment Programme, and has served as either a keynote or invited speaker at over three hundred events.