Dancing with Elephants

Mindfulness Training for Those Living with Dementia, Chronic Illness or an Aging Brain
Narrated by: Jarem Sawatsky
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Diagnosed with a disease that can't be reversed? Learn how to keep living life to the fullest.

Have you received a terminal or chronic diagnosis? Is your mind succumbing to age or illness? 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 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
  • Multiple ways to build confidence in yourself, even when you've been shaken to the core
  • A new perspective to cut some of the 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 chronic disease experts Toni Bernhard, 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!

©2017 Jarem Sawaky (P)2017 Jarem Sawaky

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From a person is on this journey of Huntington's disease

This was very meaningful and timely! Have not heard anything from this perspective ! Lots to think about! As reading becomes more difficult , audiobooks are so meaningful especially those read by the author!!❤❤

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Thought provoking

He illustrates how your thinking can and must shift when faced with a long term chronic illness, techniques to deal with major negative life changes.

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  • 07-16-17

Deeply touching

Jerem's gift of insite in this wonderful book will touch you deeply. Suffering and uncertainty are not so dark with lights like this book. There is human dignity between these pages. Hope too.

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What do you envision when you read the words 'Dancing with Elephants'?

Now have a listen and hear the reality of the dance. Unbelievable story.
The most thought provoking, heart tugging, inspiring, comprehensive glance at life with an elephant in the room. Each of us is given but one chance at the journey called life. Make it the journey of your choice, while you have a voice. This book gives you examples of how you and your family can love one another while laughing and dancing with the elephant. May your last words be "love". May those you love, truly understand the difficult decisions made on your behalf are that which you understood were necessary and approved of. Talk to and about the elephant before your voice is no longer a power. I will share this book with many. I thank Mr. Sawatsky for sharing this important book with all who take the time to really "hear" it. Blessings for a peaceful transition.

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Excellent!

I’ve been diagnosed with a debilitating, terminal illness- at age 46- after already a decade plus of suffering from other genetic based illnesses. I’ve read many mindfulness books over the years- this is by far the best. Only someone with a chronic condition can truly resonant with another chronic condition person- & this author does so with positivity & in reality. Blessings to all!

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Worth a second listen

There were lots of words for thought and it also introduced other writers and books to look into. As someone who enjoys book reviews almost as much as books, I liked this aspect of the book. It was interestingly, given the subject matter, not at all sad. My only slight complaint is that the readers voice was low key and monotone enough that I would tend to tune it out as background noise then would have to go back and try to find where I left off listening..

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Beautiful book

Lots to unpack and milk through! Thoroughly enjoyed it all. I would highly recommend it.

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Dancing with Elephants by Jaren Sawatsky

I enjoyed reading this book . As a chaplain with 20+ years experience in ministering to those with chronic illness I found Mr Sawatsky's reflections and advice concerning how one can grow in acceptance of a disease that will result in one's death to be profoundly spiritual and wise. I recommend that anyone serving persons who are chronically ill read this insightful book.

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A lovely and wellneeded book of wisdom

Life changing and a great helper in the act of dealing with chronic disease in a life-enhancing and compassionate way! I highly recommend it

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Living with a Terminal Illness

The author has a wonderful understanding of what’s really important in life: family friends and love. He is a gifted teacher of how to live well—with a good sense of humor.

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  • 10-30-20

beautiful!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Thank you. why do they make you write so many words? I only have so much to say! Beautiful story.

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  • 03-24-20

amazing!

A true guide to the art of living! Dancing with elephants is something that goes beyond beliefs and cultures and unites humanity in living, and living to the full!

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  • 09-18-18

Empowering and inspiring

A brilliant book filled with inspirational stories and wonderful approaches. As a health care professional working with people who experience dementia it has been illuminating and thought provoking. It is a book that will help professionals to support people in dancing with elephants and provide care that is truly person centred, empathetic and compassionate.