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Metaphors for Mindfulness: Top 5 Metaphors for Mindfulness: Interview with Arnie Kozak Ph.D.

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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I was very happy to be interviewed by Elisha Goldstein, co-author of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook on his blog Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.

When it comes to trying to understand almost anything, I have found metaphors to be extremely useful. In mindfulness we use them all the time, we say, “Paying attention to your thoughts is like lying down on a field of grass looking at the clouds go on by or like lying down by a riverbed see the variety of debris come and go.” I am very pleased to bring you Arnie Kozak, PhD, who is a master at using metaphors to help us understand mindfulness. 

Elisha: What are your Top 5 Metaphors that you have found most helpful for mindfulness?

Arnie: To pick only five out of the 108 in the book is hard! And there are many more that I’ve developed since the publication of the book. My favorite metaphors are probably the ones I use the most, and they are the most practical.


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