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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Previous Posts

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 »

Everything Essential Buddhism
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 the ...

posted 5:38:17pm Jul. 18, 2015 | read full post »

I Forgot to Take a Selfie!
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 motorcycle, I saw a couple ...

posted 10:34:45am Jul. 13, 2015 | read full post »

Happy Birthday to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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 ...

posted 2:06:43pm Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Introverts and Extroverts at the Neuronal Level
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 read Giorgio Ascoli's book, Trees of the Brain, Roots ...

posted 12:11:28pm Jun. 23, 2015 | read full post »

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