Stuart Brown’s fascinating TED talk was the most popular video of 2010. As we move into the new year, we can take his talk under consideration. 2011 can be a year of play no matter what we are doing if we can tap into our natural way of being. We tend to live from this place when we drop the story lines and exchange imagination for a close appreciation of the reality of now.
We tend to think of play as something kids do and as frivolous for adults in our work-ethic driven culture. But as Stuart Brown demonstrates in this TED talk, play is anything but frivolous and not just for kids. Since animals play, play is part of our genetic inheritance and serves important developmental biological functions. It’s too bad that as a culture we don’t nurture play into adulthood. I view play as integral to exquisite self-care and something that we should do often and with others. Play often provides a spontaneous form of mindfulness. We naturally fall into mindfulness when we are engaged in play. Having fun holds great power to move us into the present moment. So have some fun today!
S is for Sangha Mindfulness A to Z official release is here!
Here is an excerpt from "S is for Sangha"
The sangha is the community of people who follow the teachings of the Buddha, or more generically, anyone who engages in mindfulness meditation. When ...
E is for Effort Mindfulness A to Z official release is tomorrow!
Here is an excerpt from "E is for Effort"
We may need to encourage ourselves gently in the direction of practice. Challenges arise. Daily life is complicated and busy; it may seem like we ...
S is for Self Mindfulness A to Z official release is tomorrow!
Here is an excerpt from "S is for Self"
Who are you? Emily Dickinson would reply:
I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Most of us would naturally reply, “I am me.” More ...
N is for Nature Mindfulness A to Z official release is 2 days away!
Here is an excerpt from "N is for Nature"
Practicing outside helps to break down the artificial separation we sometimes impose between “practice” and the rest of the world. Rather than ...
L is for Loving-kindness Mindfulness A to Z official release is 3 days away!
Here is an excerpt from "L is for Loving-kindness"
Buddhism retains a very strong tradition of deliberately opening our hearts to others. This practice is called “loving-kindness” or ...
“How can we be true to our deepest nature with so many claims on our time, senses and energy? In The Awakened Introvert, psychologist and author Arnie Kozak offers a roadmap based on the teachings and practices of mindfulness that helps us stay connected to inner clarity, creativity and peace in the midst of daily living.” —Tara Brach Ph.D., Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
Dr. Arnie Kozak
Long before mindfulness was fashionable, Arnie Kozak, was studying, practicing, and teaching mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. Beginning with a journey to India in the 80’s, Arnie began his lifelong practice in mindfulness meditation. As a psychologist, he has integrated ancient wisdom into his psychotherapy practice.
Arnie writes books and blogs about mindfulness, Buddhist psychology, and introversion. Arnie's ability to translate ancient healing traditions into pragmatic applications suitable for modern lifestyles through the use of metaphors have made him a contributing voice in the Mindfulness Revolution.
Arnie Kozak is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, University of Vermont College of Medicine and a Lecturer in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences where he teaches mindfulness courses. Arnie is on the guest faculty for the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Copper Beech Institute.
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Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapist, Author, and Speaker; Clinical Instructor Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine.