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Mindfulness Matters

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Recognized as an innovator in the field of mindfulness-based psychology, Dr. Arnie Kozak is northern New England's leading expert in the field. Dr. Kozak's ability to translate ancient healing traditions into pragmatic applications suitable for modern lifestyles through the use of metaphors have made him a strong voice in healthcare and business.

Beginning with a journey to India in the 80’s where he took the Bodhisattva vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Arnie Dr. Kozak began his lifelong practice in mindfulness meditation. Intent on finding a way to bring the practical healing attributes of mindfulness he began incorporating these techniques in his private practice. In 2002 Dr. Kozak created Exquisite Mind in Burlington, Vermont as a vehicle that could expand his wisdom to larger audiences beyond individual psychotherapy to professionals and corporations, health care providers, public groups and, most recently with Exquisite Mind Golf, amateur and professional golfers. His award-winning new book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness (Wisdom Publications, 2009) is a thoughtful, funny, and inspiring translation of mindfulness practice through the inventive use of metaphor applicable to our daily lives.

In addition to his work with Exquisite Mind, Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist—Doctorate has been a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Vermont and is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has studied and practiced clinical psychology, meditation, and yoga for more than 25 years. He has studied with several meditation masters, including S. N. Goenka, Larry Rosenberg, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After receiving his bachelors degree with honors from Tufts University, he was awarded a Presidential Fellowship to get his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo. He completed his training as a Psychological Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. Prior to founding the Exquisite Mind in 2002, Arnie worked ten years in the private sector for the PKC Corporation consulting on mental health content for this revolutionary software company.

Everything Essential Buddhism Book

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was recently on the Mark Johnson Show on WDEV in Vermont. We spoke about the Buddha and Buddhism themes that are covered in my new book, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book. It’s always a pleasure to talk with mark […]

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Don’t Own Your Mind

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Our brains are little factories. Their chief product is, of course, thoughts. They also manufacture images, memories, and emotions. Best of all, they fabricate stories. Our brains can do this unbidden, without any direction from us. Given the slightest encouragement, they’ll […]

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Relationships 2.0 Interview August 11

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Tune in Tuesday August 11 at 6 PM (3 PM PST) for my radio conversation with Dr. Michelle Skeen, host of Relationships 2.0. We’ll be discussing relationship challenges for introverts and guidance from my book, The Awakened Introvert. If you miss the […]

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Coming Soon: Mindfulness A to Z

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

2015 has been a busy year for me publishing books. In May, The Awakened Introvert came out (New Harbinger). In July, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book came out (Adams Media). Soon, Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now […]

Life Interrupted

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I’ve been thinking a lot about interruptions lately. When I meditate in the mornings, I prefer to do it at a time when I won’t be interrupted by others. Yet, even in the most protected environment, interruptions are inevitable. My […]

Everything Essential Buddhism

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am pleased to announce the release of the Everything Essential Buddhism Book. This book is an abridgment of the popular Everything Guide to Buddhism, 2nd Edition. As the name implies, this book is a leaner, more essential, treatment of […]

I Forgot to Take a Selfie!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was at Moss Glen Falls recently. These stunning little falls are on Route 100 in Warren, Vermont. I stopped and took photographs and video footage of them. When I was leaving and getting ready to get back onto my […]

Happy Birthday to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

July 6 will be the 80th birthday of His Holiness (HH) the Dalai Lama. I first encountered the Dalai Lama when he would have been 49 (I was considerably younger then too!) I have had two “close encounters” with him […]

Introverts and Extroverts at the Neuronal Level

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Those of you who are familiar with my work know that I have a thing for metaphors. Those of you who have been to my workshops know that I have a thing for the brain. I have been delighted to […]

Set Aside Greed and Distress with Reference to the World

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Buddha encouraged his monks to be “ardent, alert, & mindful” and to put “aside greed and distress in reference to the world.” I’ve been thinking a lot about these recommendation lately. What does it mean to set aside greed […]

Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk Part 2

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The second part of my interview with Self-Promotion for Introverts author, Nancy Ancowitz, is now available on her Psychology Today blog or her . In case you missed the first part, here is the link to that. Here are the links to […]

Laughter and Awakening

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A recent column in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review discussed laughter. It was written by Bodhipaksa and debunks the quote that is attributed to the Buddha and something that he never actually said. “When you realize how perfect everything is, you […]

Letting Go of Hopeful Remnants

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A friend of mine who is 70-years-old and very fit, talented, and successful has male pattern baldness–the hair line recedes until there is only a ring of hair left around the bottom of the head. One of my professors in […]

Mindful America: Are You Part of the Movement?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have just finished reading Jeff Wilson’s Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture. Wilson is an associate professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College (University of Waterloo). It’s a thought […]

Introvert Overload: Redefining Rest

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The other day I had an unusual Thursday. My typical Thursday involves an afternoon of clinical practice. This particular Thursday, in addition to my clinical hours I had a number of extra-curricular activities. It was a concatenation of extrovert-like activities […]

Alone Time Requires Skill, Courage, and Planning

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I read an interesting piece on spending time alone recently by Cassandra Bodzak. In a culture dominated by extrovert values, being alone might seem like alien territory and mostly to be avoided. Introverts crave it, but everyone needs it. Meditation […]

Protect and renew your energy as seen on Oprah.com from the Awakened Introvert

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am pleased to share that Oprah.com has published an excerpt from The Awakened Introvert. It’s on the “Shift Your Life” section of Oprah that provides interactive ways to make changes in your life. They took an excerpt from the […]

Conversationally-Induced Comas

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A recent cartoon in The New Yorker portrays a couple having coffee on a sidewalk cafe. The female member of the couple is lying prostrate in her chair, being attended to by EMTs. One EMT says to the other, “She’s […]

Be Mindful and Be Lovely

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It is always a joy to discover a new poem that captures the spirt of mindful living. The late poet Galway Kinnell said, “To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as […]

The Awakened Introvert on the Radio

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the pleasure, again, of being Mark Johnson’s guest on WDEV for his morning call-in radio program. Mark and I connect as fellow introverts. Click here to listen to the show. We talked about the differences between introverts and […]

Louis CK Teaches Buddhadharma

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was recently turned on to Louis CK’s epistle on cell phones during an appearance with Conan O’Brian. Louis CK is very funny and he captures the sense of infomania that afflicts so many of us. We turn to our […]

Love the Inside of Your Own Head and Be Free

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently read Abigail Thomas’s new book, What Comes Next and How to Like It. It’s a poetic reflection on a lifelong friendship and life itself. You can read it, as I did, on the span of an airplane ride. […]

Mindfulness Matures

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A recent article in the Sunday Times is critical of the mindfulness movement. I read through some of the comments to the article and they thought the piece was cynical or misinformed. I think the presence of a critical, high […]

The Road To Character Walked By Jordan Spieth

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am reading with strong interest David Brooks’s new book, The Road to Character. In this book, he argues that this generation has lost its connection to character. We are in an age of self-promotion, self-aggrandizement, and self-importance. Masters Champion […]

I Was Born Thirty Years Too Late

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If I had been born in 1933 instead of 1963, I would have largely missed the demands of the Information Age. If I had come of age as a writer thirty years ago in 1985, there would have been no […]

The Colors and Seasons of Introversion and Extroversion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

“Minion Yellow is a custom colour designed to represent the sweet and subversive characters. An extroverted hue, it projects playfulness and warmth and is suggestive of intellectual curiosity and enlightenment.” So says Pantone, makers of Minion Yellow. Interesting copy. Can […]

How to Create Solitude in the Context of Relationship

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Solitude is necessary for my existence just as water is. Without it, I wither and become listless in my desiccated state. I am not, however, a hermit. I am in a committed relationship, married in fact, and must negotiate my […]

Three Reasons Why I Wrote the Awakened Introvert

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am excited to announce that my next book, The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills for Maximizing Your Strengths and Thriving in a Loud and Crazy World, is just about to be released! I am happy that this workbook will soon […]

The Interovert Revolution (no this is not a typo)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently misspelled introvert in a draft of an article I was writing. While I was correcting, I read what I had written: “interovert.” It was an easy enough fix, just remove the “e.” However, interovert has meaning on its […]

The Value of Unplugging

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

As you know from my last post, I was on vacation and while I was dealing with technology, I was also mostly unplugged, at least in a relative sense. I contemplated the meaning of vacation and reflected on its purpose […]

I Want my WiFi Now!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A recent adventure I had illustrates the limitations of the technology in certain places and how easily our expectations can give rise to a world of frustration. On Thursday March 12, I listened with great interest to Fresh Air that […]

The Train’s Eye View of the Landscape

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am sitting on a train riding from Essex Junction, Vermont to Hartford Connecticut where I will be teaching my workshop at the Copper Beech Institute. I haven’t been on an Amtrak train since I was in graduate school over […]

Mindfulness in Corporate America

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Two recent articles in two major publications–The New York Times and The Atlantic–focused on the rising trend of mindfulness in corporate settings and both articles feature the recently published book by David Gelles: Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business […]

The Other Kind of PDF: Public Displays of Frustration

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The world’s number one ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy made a spectacle of himself yesterday during the World Golf Championship tournament at Doral. After pulling his long approach shot into the water on hole number 8, he then launched his 3-iron […]

Mindful in Relationship: The Biggest Spiritual Challenge We Face

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Our closest relationships are often the most challenging places to be mindful. We may be prone to feelings of unworthiness, superiority, and fear as well as a host of other feelings that push us around. When we can bring equanimity […]

Translating the Experience of the Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Whether we know it or not, we are all amateur translators. Instead of translating a poem from one language to another we put into words what previously existed without words: we translate experience into language. Mostly, we are unaware of […]

The Three C’s of Self-Forgiveness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Imagine a situation where you “lose it.” You get angry, your blood boils, you may yell at the person who has occasioned this anger or you may throw something or swear in vain. This feeling is no stranger to me. […]

Oliver Sacks Writes his Pre-Obituary

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The neurologist and author Oliver Sacks recently wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times about his impending death and the light this news casts on his life. His reflections are the epitome of equanimity. What we hear from […]

Getting Out of Our Own Way: Finding Liberation in the Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If you are like me, you spend more time than you would like caught up in imagined stories that don’t feel good and keep you stuck. How can you get out of your own way and stop beating yourself up […]

Living in the Present Moment of Clinical Work

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

There are a number of name brand mindfulness-based interventions for use in clinical work, starting with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 1979. Since then, we’ve seen the emergence of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), Acceptance […]

Happy Nirvana Day

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day; today is Nirvana Day or Parinirvana Day. It is the day that celebrates the Buddha’s death or his release into the final state of nirvana. A few years ago, in a post about Nirvana Day, I […]

Finding Our Place in the World

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

There is no such thing as “nature” if we are part of all things. To seek nature sets us apart from the natural world. In the Tao, there is no separation. Any separation we feel is conventional and not based […]

Visit With an Old Friend: Three Steps to Awakening By Larry Rosenberg

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Larry Rosenberg’s latest book came out in 2013 and I am just getting to it. I’ve been holding offer, like saving something precious that you know will likely not be replaceable. Larry is now in his 80s, and while he […]

The Anatomy of Grasping and Craving: Lessons from the Super Bowl

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Two forces motivate much, if not all, of human behavior–grasping and craving, or crasping for an economical combination of the two. I should say that it’s not just human behavior, all animal behavior falls under this rubric. Humans have our […]

Super Sunday

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Much of the world will be watching the game, the commercials, and the half-time entertainment. Many of these watchers won’t be all that interested in the game itself. I will be. Having lived in Vermont for […]

Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend and mindfulness colleague, Elisha Goldstein has a fascinating new book out. It describes the ways that we can harness our own healing power to create natural antidepressants. These five include mindfulness, of course, self-compassion, living in accordance […]

Find Your GPS for Success

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

GPS has become part of our lives. We find it in our cars, our phones, and even in watches (I got one as a gift over the holidays). In any moment, we can know where we are and also communicate […]

Getting Past the Tyranny of Should: A Timely Message for the Holiday Season

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

There are many things we “should” be doing around the holidays. We should be happy, merry, and jolly. We should be with family. We should be the consummate hosts. In the course of the day, we might impose expectations, rules, […]

Finding the Fall Line: The Technique of Practice

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

As I was meditating this morning, I came up with a new practice metaphor. There were times when I was clearly in the flow of my body, very attuned the myriad body sensations and there were other moments where I […]

Prime Time, All the Time

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

An add for television streaming service Hulu states, “Every minute of every day should be considered prime time.” This clever quip has a double meaning. On the one hand, it reflects the tyrannical notion that every experience that we have […]

Giving Thanks 2014: Still a Lot to be Grateful For

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

There is not now, nor ever, a shortage of tragic, unjust, and violent events occurring around the world. The news media exploits these events and brings them into our brains 24/7 with an unrelenting insistence. Our nervous systems are vulnerable […]

Buddhist Icon–Thich Nhat Hanh Recovering in Hospital

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Beloved Buddhist monk and teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH) has experienced a severe cerebral hemorrhage and remains in critical condition. He recently had his 88th Birthday. I surmise that he is, along with the Dalai, Lama, one of the two […]

Mindfulness with a Capital “M”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A recent Telegraph column asked if mindfulness lives up to its hype. The author, Polly Vernon, predicts that “mindfulness” will be the OED’s (Oxford English Dictionary) word of the year. That would not surprise me. She goes on to give a […]

Time to Wake Up: Reading Your Way to Awakening

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

We have been asleep, collectively and individually and there is a growing call to wake up. The Buddha was the first to suggest this change in consciousness 2500 years ago (and as you know the term buddha means one who […]

Citizen of the Cosmos

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently heard Ann Druyan interviewed on Radio Lab. She spoke of falling in love with Carl Sagan when they were working together on the Voyager mission in the late 70s, where she was in charge of developing the content […]

The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Discovery

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Polly Young-Eisendrath has a new book out, her fourteenth. This is a book like no other that I’ve ever read. It is a memoir and it recounts events that I lived through as dharma friends of Polly and the love […]

Mindfulness and Climate Action

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

One Earth Sangha presents Mindfulness and Climate Action, a series of online conversations. These are free and start today and will continue through October into November. I am especially excited that Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield will be presenting today. […]

A Chilling View Inside the Quiet Room: Electric Shocks Preferred to Sitting Still

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A study recently published in Science provides a window into the restless soul of Americans and a compelling case of why we need mindfulness. University of Virginia psychologist Timothy Wilson and colleagues conducted a series of experiments where subjects spent […]

Drive by Shooting: Mindfulness on NPR

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s not surprising when a feature on mindfulness appears in a major media outlet. Mindfulness is popular. This time it is a sub-four minute interview on NPR. Tamara Keith spoke with Sharon Salzberg, one of the co-founders of the Insight […]

No More Fooling Around: Changing the World Through Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today I will start a series of posts about how we can change the world through mindfulness and the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings. This transformation starts with individuals and progresses through groups, corporations, and then societies. Ultimately, a global […]

Mindfulness for Introverts

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness is a natural fit for introverts. The act of meditation itself is an introverted activity and at the same time equips introverts to navigate their interior without getting stuck in rumination. I recently wrote an essay for the Kripalu Thrive […]

The transformative power of mindfulness . . .

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

As I mentioned last week, there is a special learning opportunity upcoming with Jack Kornfield. I hope you got a chance to look at his videos. Registration is now open to take advantage of studying mindfulness with one of the […]

7 Contemplations for Realizing the Spiritual Introvert Edge (for introverts AND extroverts)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Spirituality Defined “Spiritual but not religious” is a popular designation. What does it mean to be spiritual? There may be as many definitions of spirituality as spiritual people. Everyone puts their unique imprint on what it is to be a […]

Selling Water by the River: The Deceptive Simplicity of Learning Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The proliferation of all things mindfulness is mind boggling (does that make one more or less mindful, I wonder?). Research, teachers, books, blogs, and applications continue to grow. It may be safe to say, mindfulness has become a fad. There […]

The Science of Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A recent analysis of mindfulness research studies (known as a meta-analysis) was published by the Association for Health and Research Quality (AHRQ). This government agency does major reviews of various therapies. The good news is that mindfulness has come of age […]

10 Percent Happier Courtesy of Mindfulness, Of Course

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings faithful readers. I have been busy finishing up the final draft of my forthcoming book The Awakened Introvert: A Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help you Maximize Your Strengths and Thrive in a Loud and Crazy World (New Harbinger, Spring 2015). […]

Mud Season: The Way Beyond is (Still) Through

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Below is a repost of a post on mud season from last year. It’s that time of year again, except that it has come much later this year, several weeks later, almost a month. Mud season has arrived early in […]

Turtles Don’t Surf is Now Available!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

  Jamial Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha (SWB) and The Fear Project, has written his first children’s book, Turtles Don’t Surf (a sort of SWB for little ones) I read an advanced copy of this book last summer and it […]

Transitions Into Spring

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The weather is such a great metaphor. Spring is reluctant to arrive. On a Monday it was 80 degrees and then on Wednesday it snowed several inches. The nights have continued to be below freezing and the greening landscape is […]

Transitions, Attachments, and Hope

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s been a long winter here in Northern Vermont and elsewhere around the country. The mountain is still frozen and buried in snow. In the valley, the long buried grass, brown and tired, is emerging from under the receding glacier, […]

A Special Opportunity for Opening Your Heart in Relationship with Tara Brach

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I’d like to let you know about a special opportunity with my charma friend Tara Brach who is one of the more authentic and beloved mindfulness teachers. She is author of the bestsellers Radical Acceptance and more recently, True Refuge. Please read about this […]

Equanimity in the Face of Adversity, Controversy, and Memory

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Dalai Lama recently visited with President Obama. Not such an unusual event since they have visited before, but the Chinese Government used this as an opportunity to complain, threaten, and posture. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been through […]

Sit Still

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If you listen carefully to my meditation instructions, you might detect a contradiction. On the one hand, I de-emphasize the posture because I don’t want people to get deterred by the physical difficulties of sitting. On the other hand, I […]

P is for Perfectionism; M is for Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The February Kripalu Compass Newsletter featured an article I wrote on perfectionism and mindfulness. You can read it here. “My basement was a disaster for months, a dumping ground for junk: empty boxes, retired appliances and gadgets, books, old LPs, […]

The Mindful Revolution Comes of Age: Cover Story in Time Magazine

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness made the cover of Time Magazine this week in an article entitled: The Mindful Revolution: The science of finding focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture. This is not the first time meditation has graced the cover of time. For […]

Report from the Internal Front: A Week of Silence

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings everyone. I have a report from the meditation retreat I embarked upon in early December. I should have written sooner when the impressions were fresher, but daily life has a way of asserting itself. The week in silence feels […]

Enlightenment Meets Enlightenment: Finding the Buddha in the Secular West

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently gave a talk at the University of Vermont College of Medicine called “Beyond Stress Reduction: Mindfulness as a Radical Technology. In this talk, I spoke about the indictment that the healthcare and corporate-related applications of mindfulness are tantamount […]

The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge: Available Now!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings faithful readers. I wanted to let you know that my latest book is now available! I gave a reading out our local independent book store the other night. We had a great turnout and people asked great questions about […]

The Anatomy of Letting Go

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

On Friday, I was challenged with a disappointment. I wanted something and it did not happen. The strong emotions that accompanied this “loss” illustrate the factors that give rise to attachment and the ways in which we can let go. […]

NaNoWriMo

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Late this October, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it is known. The goal is to write 50,000 words on a novel and the website provides encouragement, structure, and community to its 297, 479 […]

Eddie Justice: The One-Eyed Compassionate Pit Bull

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My friend Eddie Justice, the one-eyed pit bull has just published his first book: Eddie’s Tale’s: Stories of Animal Love and Rescue. Eddie is the spokesperson for Justice for Dogs (JFD), a dog rescue organization here in Vermont. My beloved […]

Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education and Research Conference

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The program committee of the 3rd Annual Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education and Research conference in San Diego is pleased to announce that they have finalized the agenda for this year’s conference. The […]

Should is a Red Flag That a Lie is Being Told

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I heard the words in the title to this post uttered by Anne Lamott as she was interviewed for OnPoint. She has a new book: Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair. She begins, “One rarely knows where to […]

Have We Lost the Art of Seeing?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Yesterday was the last day for the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Chihuly makes grand scale blown glass sculptures in illuminated colors that can blow your mind. The museum was packed with people, like myself, […]

Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am listening to the album by Tomasz Bednarczyk entitled: “Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow.” This strikes me as a very dharmic statement, something the Buddha might have encouraged. This bit of wisdom recognizes that mistakes are happening all the […]

Eat, Play, Love

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A friend was visiting from the West Coast. He was looking forward to the crisp, colorful autumn of Vermont. To his and my surprise, summer persisted through past the middle of October. The colors have persisted too. The nights have […]

Violence is Everywhere … Or is It?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the privilege of seeing Steven Pinker talk at the University of Vermont the other day. Pinker is the author of How The Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Language Instinct, The Stuff of Thought, and most recently, The […]

Fall Foliage: Invitation to Awakening

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Vermont is famous for its fall foliage. Given that the mountains are covered with trees, it can be rather spectacular. I’ve had a particular interest in the changing colors this season because of my new mode of transportation. I can […]

Living Buddha, Goenka, Dead at 90

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was surprised by the news of S. N. Goenka’s death this past Saturday. He was almost 90 years old. In the summer of 1989, I sat my first vipassana meditation retreat with Goenka at the Vipassana Meditation Center in […]

We Love Dog Mountain

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The tragically late Stephen Hunek said, “You can trust a dog with your life but not with your lunch.” I read the lead story in the latest issues of Seven Days that featured the wonders and travails of the Dog […]

Climb a Mountain, Get a View; Climb a Cushion Get Another View

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently hiked a small mountain with my dogs. It took some time and effort to navigate the trail. A perfect 60 degree fall day. A beutiful view at the top was our reward (or at least my reward, I […]

Rethinking Stress

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Kelly McGonigal tells us how to make stress our friend in her TED talk. As a health psychologist, she talks about how she made stress the enemy to her students and how she has now changed her mind. She points […]

I, Me, and Mine Doggie Style

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watching my dogs swim out for a thrown stick made me think of one the Buddha’s classic teachings: I, me, and mine. They swim competitively out. There appears to be some motivation to get there first. But regardless of who […]

Reliving the 70s

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

  Recently, I’ve consumed some video about the 1970s–the decade of my coming of age, more or less. I watched the thrilling documentary Man on Wire, Saturday Night Fever (whatever you want to say about John Travolta, his dancing was […]

McMindfulness Revisited

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have read Ron Purser and David Loy’s Huffington Post blog entry, Beyond McMindfulness. They write a thoughtful indictment of the popularization of all things mindfulness, especially in the corporate context. There are many important points made in this essay: […]

Clarifying Attachment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The notion of non-attachment is often misunderstood. Non-attachment is not non-caring. Confusion arises because we have two meanings for non-attachment. There is the biological meaning: attachment is the process that bonds mothers (and to a lesser degree, fathers) to their […]

Daily Doses of Wisdom; A Year of Buddhist Inspiration

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was excited to see the release of this new book from Wisdom Publications. It is edited by Josh Bartok who edited my first book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness. I was looking forward to it […]

Personality With and Without a Person

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dogs have personalities. Each distinct. They show emotions: joy, frustration, excitement, anger, fear, anxiety, affection, and although I haven’t seen it with these guys yet, sadness. All emotions we have. What this shows us is that there can be […]

Hypocrisy: An Obstacle to Living an Awakened Life

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Previously, we explored perfectionism’s role as an obstacle to living an awakened life and today we’ll investigate how hypocrisy contributes, often in concert with perfectionism. It is difficult, I would say impossible, not be a hypocrite about something at least […]

Introverts Revolt: Reclaiming Our Place in the Society

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If you are one of the nearly five million people to view Susan Cain’s TED talk on The Power of Introverts, your view of yourself and the world around you may have been radically altered. I like to refer to […]

Turtles Can’t Ride (or can they?) Wonderful New Children’s Book by Jaimal Yogis

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Jamial Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha (SWB) and The Fear Project, has written his first children’s book, Turtles Don’t Surf (a sort of SWB for little ones) and the school he’s trying to build with the proceeds. The book is available […]

What is Art? Why Do We Need it?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

What is art and why is it important? Why do we need art? I’ve been contemplating this question after my recent post about What’s Wrong with the World. Life is something of a mystery. We don’t know how we got […]

Perfectionism and Hypocrisy: Two Obstacles to Living an Awakened and Happy Life

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

When it comes to spiritual development we tend to be perfectionists and also hypocrites. I will address perfectionism in this post and hypocrisy in another. I’ve read a lot of books on Buddhism and mindfulness over the past thirty years. […]

Rock that Beauty Now

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

  I have the great fortune to live in Vermont, a place where natural beauty resides in breathtaking abundance. Not every vista in Vermont gives you the Green Mountains, the inland sea of Lake Champlain, or the valleys in between. […]

Shinzen On Insomnia

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma brother Shinzen Young has some sage advice for sleeping here is his blog: Help for Insomnia: Yet Another use for Mindfulness. He recommends what I call “Beditation.” If you can’t sleep than you can use the sleep window for […]

What is Wrong with the World?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I often wonder over the state of the world trying to understand why things are the way they are. The Buddha was right: greed, hatred, and delusion are the sources of suffering. This applies to the world as well. I […]

Grief is the Admission Price to the Present Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am back from teaching Mindfulness A-Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. One insight that arose during the week was that “grief is the admission price to the present moment.” We are often […]

Contemplating How Regret and Perfectionism Keep Us Stuck

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I’ve been thinking a lot about regret, stuckness, and perfectionism leading up to my Kripalu workshop that starts on Sunday. Regret is a variant of stuckness. We are locked into the past, replaying a loop of a past event, usually […]

Getting Unstuck

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was interviewed by Kripalu blogger Jennifer Mattson for her brief article entitled How to Get Unstuck and Back to Your Practice. “Arnie suggests looking at the resistance with kindness and genuine inquiry. Ask yourself, “What’s going on here?” What […]

Story Art: The Bridge Between Narrative and Liberation

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I developed a technique called Story Art that combines journaling practice, meditation, and creativity to help people to free themselves from difficult situations. The writing helps to take the issue out of your head space and onto paper. The Story […]

Mindfulness A-Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism: Coming Soon at Kripalu

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In less than two weeks my Kripalu workshop Mindfulness A-Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism will be underway! There is still time to register for this 5-day workshop, August 4-9. We will start the process on Sunday evening and then […]

Perfectly Imperfect: A Gallery on Beliefnet

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Please check out the gallery on perfectionism that is currently featured on the Beliefnet homesite: Overcoming perfectionism is one of the major themes of my upcoming Kripalu workshop starting August 4. More information here: I hope you can join us!

What is Story Art?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Arnie talks about his therapeutic technique for overcoming stuckness–Story Art

Long Before Mindfulness was a Buzzword …

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Arnie talks about his involvement with mindfulness and meditation spanning the past thirty years.

What is Mindfulness?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch this video, the first in a series, explaining mindfulness and other related topics.

Independence Day Harley Style

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Life is a precious thing. It’s delicate, fragile, and tenuous. It can be taken from us in any moment. James Gandolfini’s sudden death was recent reminder of the precariousness of life. Alive one day; dead the next. We’ve constructed the […]

Mindfulness A–Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

From Sunday August 4 to Friday August 9, I will be presenting this special workshop at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. If you are not familiar, Kripalu is a wonderful place. Nestled in the Berkshire Mountains, it is […]

We Are All Defective, New?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I uttered these words recently: “We are all defective, new?” I offered them as a tonic, a soothing balm, a normalizing unguent. If we are all defective in some way, there is no reason to feel shame for your own […]

Introverts Revolt

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have been deep into researching introversion for my forthcoming book, The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge (Adams Media). It’s been fascinating, revelatory, and liberating. I have enjoyed reading Susan Cain’s Quiet, Laurie Helgoe’s Introvert Power, and many others. […]

What’s Right With America is Wrong with America

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

People love to hate New Jersey. In Vermont, we have bumper stickers that say “Don’t Jersey Vermont.” I did most of my growing up in the Garden State and recently spent some time there. It is a place of contradictions […]

Participate in Your Own Rescue

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

One of my students shared a story. A friend of hers was on a whitewater rafting trip in Colorado. During the trip, one of the people in the raft fell out into the river. He floundered around passively while the […]

Free the Mind: A New Documentary on Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the great pleasure of reviewing the new film by Danish filmmaker, Phie Ambo: Free the Mind. It’s a beautiful and compelling film about how mindfulness can help us to overcome fear and heal from trauma. It features of […]

Polly Young-Eisendrath: Getting Free Of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend and sister, Polly Young-Eisendrath presented at the TEDx Conference at Middlebury College. The theme of the conference was “The Road not Taken.” Polly is a world renown author, Jungian analyst, and integrator of Western psychology and Buddhist […]

Military Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The following is a guest blog post by one of the current students in my Mindfulness in Health Care course at the University of Vermont, Melinda Rouille. She is a therapist at a local veteran’s clinic. Something that we all […]

The Transparent Brain: A New Sense of “Clarity”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Scientists at Stanford have developed a technique for imaging brains called “clarity.” In this process, the fat is cleared from the brain revealing the underlying neural structure. This is both fascinating and beautiful.          

The New Boston Massacre: Marathon Bombing

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I went to college in Boston; I did my internship in Boston and I lived there in between. I’ve watched the finish line of the marathon at the place where the bombs exploded. This event has riveted the attention of […]

Adam Scott: Masters Champion, Hero, Pride of Australia

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Adam Scott won the 2013 Masters in thrilling fashion. In doing so, he became the first Australian ever to claim the Green Jacket. Scott is the consummate champion and hero. His career fits the Hero’s Journey. I wrote about the […]

Mud Season: Lessons on Impermanence

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Mud Season, a time of transition, change, and promise. The ground is thawing, the grass is considering growing, and the geese have returned to the North Country. The trails are wet and muddy from the thaw and the rains. […]

Manhunt

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was running my morning vigil with the dogs on the back trails of a public park near my home. When I stepped outside the house, I could hear the helicopter droning above in the foggy sky. As we headed […]

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have just finished Susan Cain’s powerful book, Quiet. It has become a bestseller and it is not hard to see why. The book speaks to a need that introverts like myself have been aware of implicitly and articulates it […]

The War on Mindfulness: A Google-tastrophe

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Hello Readers, this blog post comes from one of my students, Cricket Cooper. All of my students have been invited to post a guest blog entry. For my  musings on all you can eat buffets see my blog post from […]

Mindful Eating

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have been teaching a new course at the University of Vermont in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. It is called Conscious Eating: Mindfulness for Wellbeing. We have been exploring mindful eating by reading Jan Chozen Bays wonderful […]

Tara Brach Speaks on Deliberate Practice

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend, Tara Brach posted a short video where she speaks of “deliberate practice.” By this she means coming to this moment regardless of what is happening. It means not shying away from difficulty if that is what this […]

Pema Chodron with Bill Moyers: Speaking of Faith

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This classic video features a 2004 interviews between Pema Chodron and Bill Moyers on Moyer’s series, Speaking of Faith that aired on PBS. While it took place in 2004, it’s message is timeless. I show this to my Mindfulness in […]

Mindfulness Revolution Ongoing in the New York Times

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

On 22 March 2013 The Business Day, Your Money section of the New York Times published an article by Alina Tugend, “In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds.” Score another little victory for the Mindfulness Revolution. She recognizes […]

Buddhism and Science

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently read the cover articles on the relationship between Buddhism and Science in the penultimate issue of Tricycle Magazine. I was moved to write a letter to the editor. Much to my surprise and delight, they published my letter […]

Tricycle Film Club Now Featuring Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Tricycle Community Presents this months featured film club, Kumare: the True Story of a False Prophet. I watched Kumare and loved it. I did a review of Kumare this past summer, which you can read here. You can join […]

An Innovative Approach to Reducing Stress and Burnout and Fostering Student Self-care and Professionalism

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The University of Vermont College of Medicine’s Committee for the Program in Integrative Health (PIH) recently had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Avaid Haramati from Georgetown Medical School. Adi, as he was affectionately called, talked about the course he has […]

Returning to This Very Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

We are ceaselessly engaged in cycles of returning. We attend to breathing and then we get drawn into stories. We dwell in those stories for a while until something prompts us to the fact that we are not being present. […]

One Thing I Have in Common with the Buddha: Love of Metaphors: “I, Me, Mine: Untangling the Dharma of “Self” Through Metaphors and Mindfulness at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s that time of year again. I will be teaching my annual workshop at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies entitled: “I, Me, and Mine: Untangling the Dharma of “Self” through Metaphors and Mindfulness. I invite you to join me […]

True Refuge: The New Book from Tara Brach

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

We had to wait ten years and now the wait is over. Following her bestselling book, Radical Acceptance, Tara has written True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart. True Refuge starts on a highly personal note […]

Dress Well or Go Home

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A recent piece in the New York Times “The New Mantra: Replacing ‘Om’ With ‘Glam’” caught the attention of Tricylcle blogger, Emma Varvaloucas. She screamed “noooooooooooooooo.” In my book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, I quoted Thoreau who said, […]

Mindfulness for Winter Blues

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s full on winter in Northern Vermont. It has snowed over five feet on the mountain in the past couple of weeks. There is snow in the valley and today saw a strong wind and temps in the teens. Winter […]

Finding Joe: A Movie About Possibility, Bliss, and Discovery

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have had the pleasure of viewing and reviewing the movie, Finding Joe that focuses on the teachings of the late great mythologist, Joseph Campbell. Notable authors, teachers, and athletes are interviewed.The film is beautifully edited and visually appealing, the […]

More Gun Shops than Starbucks

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I heard the news of the Connecticut shooting incident from one of my patients and then listened to NPR and Marketplace. Kai Ryssdal, who has four young children, wanted to find a way to present the massacre from a perspective […]

Quietude Lost

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Tim Krieder wrote an opinion in a recent New York Times Sunday Review (17 November 2012) called the Quiet Ones about the Quiet Car on Amtrack. His observations are prescient. We have lost quiet in our world and we have […]

What is the Role of Positivity in Mindfulness?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Author Oliver Burkeman was interviewed about his book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. His thoughts are a helpful antidote the tyranny of positive thinking as reflected in my recent review of the movie, “The Cure […]

The Mindful Brain: Hype or Hope

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A recent New York Times Sunday Review opinion by Alissa Quart rails against the misuse of neuroscience. The brain is a hot topic and like anything, I suppose, will succumb to popularization and misrepresentation. I was glad to see that […]

NPR Three-Minute Fiction Contest

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A while back, I was reminded of NPR’s Three Minute Fiction Contest and decided to submit an entry. Given the election season, the theme was presidential–real or fictional and the piece was limited to 600 words (so it could be […]

Science Trumps Pseudoscience: The Hidden Wonder of Connective Tissue

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was delighted to see four my of my colleagues from the University of Vermont College of Medicine Program on Integrative Health featured in this Vermont Public Television documentary on connective tissue and acupuncture. Featured are Helene Langevin, Robert Davis, […]

“The Cure Is .. Transform Your Health”: Another Dangerous Pseudoscience Film

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was recently sent a preview of the film, The Cure Is … . Watching the trailer, brought to mind the pseudoscientific and therefore dangerous films, The Secret and What the Bleep Do We Know. Perhaps you have received an invitation to view this film […]

PostSecret Project: A Precursor to Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The PostSecret Project started when Frank Warren printed 3,000 blank postcards with instructions and his address on the front. He distributed them randomly in the streets of Washington DC. He asked people to present an artful secret. The process went […]

The Fear Project–Now Available for Pre-Order

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The latest book from Jaimal Yogis, author of the precious Saltwater Buddha, is now available for pre-order. “Like a mammoth wave moving across the ocean, The Fear Project takes us on a wild ride into the heart of our deepest […]

Mindfulness in the Workplace: A Natural Fit

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Wall Street Journal gave a recent shout-out to the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions in the workplace. The article states: “One of the most effective stress-beaters, research shows, is a training program called “mindfulness-based stress reduction,” developed years ago at […]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Answers Questions from Prayer to Dying

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

On Saturday, 13 October, His Holiness (H. H.) gave a thirty minute talk at Middlebury College as part of his Cultivating Hope, Wisdom, and Compassion tour. His simple message, there is “one humanity.” He then sat down, put on his red […]

Dalai Lama Regales Middlebury Crowd with Simple Message: “One Humanity”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama gave his public talk at Middlebury College today to a crowd of a couple thousand or so people. I had the fortune of being in that crowd. It had been a long time since I […]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Coming to Middlebury College

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Dalai Lama is coming to Vermont and giving two talks on his current tour. The one for the public is entitled, “Finding Common Ground: Ethics for a Whole World.” I wasn’t planning on going, I did not wake up […]

The Fear Project–HEY SHAME AND DEATH — “GO F&#@ YOURSELF”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My friend and fellow Wisdom author of Saltwater Buddha (one of my favorite books and a forthcoming film), Jaimal Yogis, has created the Fear Project. It’s a blog and a soon forthcoming book that explores all dimensions of fear from athletics, adventures, […]

Integration is Better Than Rigidity or Chaos

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Last Friday morning, I had the pleasure of being in a audience for the two Dan’s or Dan Squared, as they joked. First, Dan Goleman–author of Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Ecological Intelligence, and others. The second–Dan Siegal– author of Mindsight, […]

MedMob Burlington September 2012

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The University of Vermont sponsored its third MedMob yesterday. If you are unfamiliar with MedMob, you can read more about it here. I wrote about the last MedMob, held in April, here.  My impression was that this event had fewer […]

Turn Off the Faucet–Even if Just for a Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

When are mind is going in high gear, mindfulness can seem like a futile option. No matter how many times we return attention to breathing, it is yanked back to whatever concerns we are preoccupied with. It’s as if the […]

Mindfulness Day–The Hangover

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Yesterday was Mindfulness Day. Are you hungover from all the attention spent on the present moment? Are you exhausted because you were not used to paying attention to what is actually happening–head aching? Are you off kilter from the constant […]

Happy Mindfulness Day 2012!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today, 12 September, is Mindfulness Day. According to Wisdom Publications: “Mindfulness Day was created to share the power and benefits of mindfulness. So many people, in so many ways, have benefited from the techniques of mindfulness, it made sense to […]

It’s the Season of Lies, Hope, and Transition

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The past two weeks have seen the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. On purpose, I did not consume much of these. I don’t like to be lied to and I don’t like to have my sense of hope provoked (in […]

Rilke Knew a Thing or Two About Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am reading the lovely volume of excerpts from Rilke’s voluminous letters, Letters on Life, edited and translated by Ulrich Baer. Rilke wrote thousands of letters during his lifetime and seven thousand were reviewed for this volume. Rilke was a […]

Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, and Prescription Drugs

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch part one of my interview with Dr. Tyler Nelson on the overuse of prescription drugs in this country. We talk about alternative treatments, such as mindfulness and how they may play a role in offsetting prescription drug use.   […]

Mindfulness for Common Problems: Seven Things to Know About Anxiety

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The first in this series focused on stress. Anxiety and stress are closely related. Anxiety is central to our threat detection system and stress helps us to mount responses to potential threats. Like stress, anxiety gets a bad rap. Our […]

Mindfulness for Common Problems: Seven Things to Know About Stress

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today, I will introduce a new series of posts with practical, mindfulness-based advise for dealing with common problems. These problems include stress, anxiety, depressed mood, pain, overeating, sleep difficulties, and more. Each post will provide principles and techniques for handling […]

Yoga on the Mountain a Benefit for the Center for Mindful Learning

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend, Soryu Forall, has founded the Center for Mindful Learning. “The Center for Mindful Learning (CML) is a non-profit organization devoted to improving lives and strengthening communities by offering mindfulness training that cultivates happiness, compassion, and success for […]

“Reality is Unforgivingly Complex”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I came across the title quotation–“reality is unforgivingly complex”–reading Anne Lamott’s bestselling book, Bird by Bird. This observation will be the basis for my reflections today. What does she mean by this? As a shorthand, we’ll think of reality as the […]

What’s On Your Mind?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Having just written about the obstacles to practice, I would like to invite you, dear readers, to submit questions that are arising in your practice. My favorite way of teaching is responding to questions. The challenge of mindfulness is not […]

Obstacles to Practice: Five Hindrances: Doubt

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is the last installment of the final set of reflections on obstacles to practice focusing on the Buddha’s five hindrances (well not his hindrances, but the five that he set out as obstacles to meditation). The Five are a laundry list […]

Obstacles to Practice: The Five Hindrances: Restlessness and Worry

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is the penultimate installment of the final set of reflections on obstacles to practice focusing on the Buddha’s five hindrances (well not his hindrances, but the five that he set out as obstacles to meditation). The Five are a laundry list […]

Independence Day Buddha Style

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Last year at this time, I opined about the 4th of July Holiday. It’s one of my least favorite holidays. I’ll be working today in “celebration” and we sat our regular meditation schedule at the Studio. I eschewed the Burlington […]

Dharma Day: Today and Every Day

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

3 July marks “Dharma Day” a commemoration of the day when the Buddha initiated his teaching career–a tenure that lasted for over forty years. According to legend, he hesitated at first to teach what he had experienced under the Bodhi […]

Everything is on Fire

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The worst fires in Colorado’s history are still burning and will be until the snows come this Fall. Hundreds of homes have been lost to fire. Thousands have been evacuated. This kind of disaster begs the question: When your house […]

Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet, A Film by Vikram Gandhi

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The film Kumaré: A True Story of a False Prophet is a bold experiment–part social psychology, part Borat, part Being There. Vikram Gandhi was born in New Jersey. He developed an interest in film making and Eastern spirituality. The film […]

Fear of Missing Out: Are You a Slave to FOMO? in Women’s Health

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Hello readers. More to come soon, I promise. Meanwhile, read this article on FOMO (fear-of-missing-out) that I was consulted for. It appears in Women’s Health on the ABC News site. Fear of Missing Out: Are You a Slave to FOMO? by Sarah […]

Hot Buddha Sweats 2012 Style

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

We are in the midst of another heat wave. It’s in the 90s and that is unusual for Northern Vermont. It’s dangerously hot and humid. It’s easy not to like this weather and because of this ready aversion the heat […]

A Mindful Nation: The Revolution Has a Voice in Congressman Tim Ryan

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The eleventh district of Ohio has a remarkable representative to congress–Tim Ryan. In 2005, of all the members of House of Representatives who received a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s magnum opus–Coming to Our Senses–apparently Congressman Ryan is the only one […]

Obstacles to Practice: The Five Hindrances–Sloth and Torpor

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I don’t feel like writing a post. I didn’t feel like exercising either. I don’t feel like sitting, too. Fortunately, I am hosting a group sit later this afternoon, so this will help me to overcome my sloth and torpor. […]

Mind over Matter

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Someone recently, said she was going to use mind over matter to deal with some discomfort that she was anticipating to arise during meditation. Insetad, I suggested she engage “mind with matter.” Mind over matter suggests a clear separation between […]

How are you?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In a contemplative context with a group of friends, we considered this most common of questions. “How are you” is a powerful communication and one that is not always asked with intention, authenticity, and interest. Sometimes it is hard to […]

Obstacles to Practice: The Five Hindrances–Anger and Ill-Will

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is the final set of reflections on obstacles to practice focusing on the Buddha’s five hindrances (well not his hindrances, but the five that he set out as obstacles to meditation). The Five are a laundry list of things […]

Obstacles to Practice: The Five Hindrances–Sensual Desire

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is the final set of reflections on obstacles to practice focusing on the Buddha’s five hindrances (well not his hindrances, but the five that he set out as obstacles to meditation). The Five are a laundry list of things […]

Relaxation

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I tend to avoid using “relaxation” in my teaching of mindfulness. As I understand it, the goal of mindfulness practice is not to relax but to know our minds. Relaxation is a reliable by-product of the process but not the […]

Writing and True Love: A Weekend (June 8-10) with Polly Young-Eisendrath and Mark Matousek at Omega

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My friend, colleague, and dharma sister Polly-Young Eisdendrathis presenting at Omega with Mark Matousek. Polly is a gifted writer and engaging speaker. On the weekend of June 8-10, they will be teaching at the Omega Institute a workshop: Writing and […]

Mindfulness Revolution for Kids

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My colleagues at the University of California San Diego recently held a conference called Bridging Hearts & Minds of Youth. The conference audio and videos are now available if you missed this conference. They are planning the conference again for next February. […]

Happy Birthday Buddha

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Around this time and around the world, the Buddha’s birthday is celebrated. I’ll take this occasion to reflect on the Buddha and what he means to me. Archeological evidence suggests he was an actual person. The year’s of his existence […]

The Fear Project

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Jaimal Yogis is the author of the compelling, endearing, and enlightening memoir–Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea. If you haven’t read this already, you should. It’s one of my favorite books. Jaimal has just launched […]

Public Meditation: MedMob at the University of Vermont

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

27 April 2012: I enter the Davis Center at the University of Vermont. I’m heading for the meditation flash mob scheduled for noon. I enter on the second floor and pass by throngs of students getting their lunch in the […]

Obstacles to Practice: Self-Sabotage

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today I continue the series on obstacles to practice with a focus on self-sabotage that may keep us off the cushion. The other day, I talked about agendas, expectations, and strivng that may arise during practice–in a sense what comes to us unbidden. […]

Obstacles to Practice: Agendas, Expectations, and Striving

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today I continue the series on obstacles to practice with a focus on affective factors that may keep us off the cushion. The other day, I talked about difficult experiences that may arise during practice–in a sense what comes to us unbidden. […]

Obstacles to Practice: Discomfort, Pain, and Intensity

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today I continue the series on obstacles to practice with a focus on affective factors that may keep us off the cushion. Denise commented that: “My story telling mind is always trying to steer me away from the pillow! The […]

The Mindful Writer by Dinty Moore

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life (MW) is a beautiful little book. It is hard-bound without a dust jacket. A slim volume that you can slip into your coat pocket. I’ve been carrying with me almost everywhere I […]

Under the Knife: More Security than TSA

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

“Are you Arnold Kozak?” “Yes.” “Date of birth?” “Really?” Do you really think someone came into this hospital room and replaced me since the last time someone asked me these questions?” (which was about five minutes ago). Pre-op has more […]

The Dharma of Tiger Woods: Humiliation and Redemption

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Yesterday, I was critical of Tiger’s public demeanor; today I’ll congratulate his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Perhaps no other athlete has been scrutinized as much as Tiger. Before his scandal, he was bigger than life […]

Personality: Got Some? Tiger Woods versus Graeme McDowell

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Tiger Woods has the lead going into the final Sunday round of a golf tournement for the first time in what seems to be forever. I am always struck with how awkward Tiger’s post-round interviews are. This was the case […]

Dirt Road: Decay and Renewal

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s early mud season. My dirt road is in a state of flux.The deep ice started to melt this week under the warmth of 80 degree sunshine. Parts of the road became wet, soft, and then rutted. The grating crew […]

Conversations on Loss: Grief, Mindfulness, and the Present Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Our culture doesn’t know what to do with grief, loss, and failure. The culture says these things are bad and if we experience them, we are less than. I wonder how we got to this perception? People are quick to […]

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Everything Essential Buddhism Book
I was recently on the Mark Johnson Show on WDEV in Vermont. We spoke about the Buddha and Buddhism themes that are covered in my new book, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book. It's always a pleasure to talk with mark and a touch of sadness to ...

posted 10:05:58am Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Don't Own Your Mind
Our brains are little factories. Their chief product is, of course, thoughts. They also manufacture images, memories, and emotions. Best of all, they fabricate stories. Our brains can do this unbidden, without any direction from us. Given the ...

posted 6:36:24pm Aug. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Relationships 2.0 Interview August 11
Tune in Tuesday August 11 at 6 PM (3 PM PST) for my radio conversation with Dr. Michelle Skeen, host of Relationships 2.0. We'll be discussing relationship challenges for introverts and guidance from my book, The Awakened Introvert. If you ...

posted 9:00:13pm Aug. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Coming Soon: Mindfulness A to Z
2015 has been a busy year for me publishing books. In May, The Awakened Introvert came out (New Harbinger). In July, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book came out (Adams Media). Soon, Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now (Wisdom ...

posted 12:46:02pm Aug. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Life Interrupted
I've been thinking a lot about interruptions lately. When I meditate in the mornings, I prefer to do it at a time when I won't be interrupted by others. Yet, even in the most protected environment, interruptions are inevitable. My mind will ...

posted 4:50:31pm Jul. 28, 2015 | read full post »

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