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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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). […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

What is Mindfulness?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.   […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Obscene Beauty

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This amaryllis bloomed at the Meditation Studio, brilliant to the point of obscenity. It bloomed for a few precious days. It is now withered and sits in its pot reminding us of impermanence. It will stay there for a while […]

Religious Education in the Age of Fundamentalism and Political Correctness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was recently contacted by a courageous Minnesota high school teacher, James Morrison. He has been teaching a world religion course. Over the years he has been accused of “polluting the minds of children with false Ideas” and “doing the devil’s […]

You are HOW You Eat: Mindful Eating in the Age of Gluttony

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The adage goes, “You are what you eat.” And this may be the case. It is also the case that, “You are how you eat.” This is the message of mindful eating. You can eat anything mindfully Mindful eating is […]

Super Bowl Sunday: “The Most Epic Day in America”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, nearly a Holiday, and according to the Morgan Freeman’s reassuring voice over on a VISA commercial, “The most epic day in America.” That’s a commercial, yet I think he is right. Today is epic and […]

Is There A Real You? Julian Baggini Explores The Buddha’s Favorite Question

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch this video by Julian Baggini, author of the Ego Trick. The answer to the question is yes and no, mostly no — there is no real self if you are looking for some core, essence, or unchanging “permanent truth” that […]

New Year’s Buddhist Style

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Check out my feature article in the Buddhism section of Beliefnet. 

TED Talks: Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

What is beauty? What are blessings? What is a good day? Watch this beautiful short film on Happiness Revealed.”Open your heart to all these blessing and let them flow through you so that everyone you meet today will be blessed […]

Shambhala Book Shelf: What Really Helps: Using Mindfulness and Compassionate Presence to Help, Support and Encourage Others

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

  Today I’m reading What Really Helps by Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D. It’s an approachable, well-written text on how to help others. Simple enough you might think. However, not so simple. She highlights our tendency to want either want to […]

Gratitude on Thanksgiving Day

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was recently interviewed by Ansley Roan for a piece she wrote on Gratitude for CNN.com, “In season of giving thanks, signs that gratitude is back.” She asked me the following questions regarding the increasing consciousness around gratitude. –Is this […]

300 Posts and Counting

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Hello Everyone. Faithful readers. I just noticed that my previous post on Teaching Doctors to be Mindful was the 300th post for Mindfulness Matters. Without readers there wouldn’t be much point to writing these entries. I thank you for your eyeballs, […]

TED Tuesday: Allan Jones: A map of the brain

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Ever since I took a neurospsychology course from Dr. Maryanne Wolf at Tufts University (author of Proust and the Squid), I have held a fascination with the human brain. The brain imaging technology discussed in this course lies close to […]

MedMob on Veteran’s Day 2011 (11.11.11)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

On 11.11.11 over 100 people gathered in the University of Vermont Davis Center to meditate and chant the ancient sound, “Om.” Other people were doing the same in locations all around the world. This event was sponsored by the UVM […]

TED Tuesday: Paul Zak: Trust, morality — and oxytocin

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Dr. Love, as he is affectionately known, Paul Zak discusses his research on the molecule of connection — oxytocin. While this may be an oversimplification, he presents fascinating findings on experiments of trust and trustworthiness, and opines on whether oxytocin may be […]

My Reincarnation Screening at Vermont International Film Festival

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The film I recently reviewed, My Reincarnation, will have two screenings at the upcoming Vermont International Film Festival. The first screening will be Tuesday 25 October 2011, 4 PM at the Palace 9 Theater; the second will be Saturday 29 […]

My Reincarnation: A Compelling film by Jennifer Fox

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My Reincarnation is a beautiful documentary film by Jennifer Fox about the dharma, Tibetan Buddhism and culture, family, and living everyday life. Spanning three decades, it is an intimate, almost voyeuristic, look into the lives of the family of a […]

Book Shelf: Your True Home by Thich Nhat Hanh

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Tich Nhat Hanh (Shambhala 2011) arrived in the mail the other day. It’s a lovely book, and I mean the physicality of “book.” It’s a thick 5 by 7 inch volume that you know […]

10 Mindful Minutes for Kids: Goldie Hawn Promotes Mindfulness in Schools

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Goldie Hawn speaking on Good Morning America about well-being for kids — with mindfulness as the central approach. She has founded the Hawn Foundation and the approach called, “MindUP” implemented in schools. She has also written a book, 10 Mindful […]

Happy Mindfulness Day!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

As I mentioned in a previous recent post, the publisher of my book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, is sponsoring Mindfulness Day, today 12 September 2011. They have invited you to contritbute your experiences with mindfulness […]

Creating a Mindful Society: The Mindfulness Revolution Gathers in New York City

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Omega Institute and the Center for Mindfulness are hosting a conference in New York City called Creating the Mindful Society.The heavy hitters in the field will be there, including Jon Kabat-Zinn and Congressman Tim Ryan who has become an […]

TED Talks: Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Venerated, engaged Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax speaks on compassion and empathy. She speaks to opening to the pain of the world with courage, strength, and wisdom.

Wisdom Publications Mindfulness Day: 12 September 2011

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Monday, 12 September 2011 has been designated “Mindfulness Day” by Wisdom Publications. For more information click here. While everyday should be a mindfulness day, it is great to see the growing recognition of mindfulness in the public consciousness. If you […]

We Are Constructed Through Metaphor: Article in the New Online Publication “Full Moon Insight Journal”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My article, We Are Constructed Through Metaphor just appeared in the the new online Journal, full moon Insight Journal, from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies where I am a faculty member. The article explores the role of language, metaphor, […]

Stress Reduction Sunday now Thrive Friday

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s been a a while since I’ve linked to my weekly posts on Connecticut Watchdog website. These columns, DESTRESS, focused on how to apply mindfulness to everyday stressful circumstances. I’m changing the emphasis from DESTRESS to THRIVE to include a […]

Boredom and Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I caught some of On Point today and the topic was boredom and the book by Peter Toohey, entitled, Boredom: A Lively History. Here is an excerpt: Predictability, monotony and confinement are all key. Any situation that stays the same […]

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Gil Scott Heron died yesterday, the poet and musician most known for his composition, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” The context was different in 1970 when he made this recording; he was speaking to a social revolution, for civil […]

TED Tuesday: Ron Gutman

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Speaking of smiling. Check out this seven minute talk and you can’t help but smile :-). Ron Gutman makes a quick and convincing case for the super powers of smiling. A few interesting numbers: Kids smile on average 400/day (not […]

Happy Buddha Day!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I wonder what the Buddha would think about all this fuss about his birthday or celebrating his enlightenment. He might just say — work on your own enlightenment! Of course, rituals can be a beneficial part of practice, but I […]

Satya Sai Baba, “Miracle Man of Bangalore” Dead at 85: Reflections on Bliss

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Satya Sai Baba, perhaps India’s most popular guru died the other day at 85 years of age. Read more from the Washington Post >> I first became acquainted with the orange-clad and afro-sporting guru from hearing Ram Dass speak of […]

TED Tuesday: Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch this interesting talk by Kathryn Schulz on the virtues and necessity of being wrong. Being wrong is something we avoid with phobic-like intensity. We might generate a narrative, “If I get it wrong there is something wrong with me.” […]

Metaphor Monday: What Golf Can Teach Us About Mindfulness and Life

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s almost something of a cliché to point out the life lessons of golf. Many authors have focused on the values of integrity, honesty, fortitude, patience, and many other significant virtues that the game fosters or reveals in people. I’ve […]

TED Tuesday: Bill Strickland in His Own Words

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Working with Pain and Anger–Mindfully

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Pain, especially chronic pain, is difficult to cope with Mindfulness can help us to change our relationship to painful sensations. I have two guided meditations for coping with pain. The first is mindfulness-based and guides you to become interested in […]

TED Tuesday :: Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

What does a live well lived look like? Nigel Marsh opines on the critical issue of work-life balance. He muses wryly that we “work long hours at jobs we hate to make money to buy things we don’t need to […]

Zen Brain 2011: Consciousness and the Fundamental Nature of Mind Series :: Part Two

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Want to learn about your brain on meditation? Listen to the podcasts from this recent conference featuring Joan Halifax, Richard Davidson, and others. Here the description from the Upaya Institute and Zen Center website: Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice distinguish […]

TED Tuesday :: Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other’s minds

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Check out this fascinating video about the right temporal parietal junction (RTPJ) which helps us to “read minds.”  

TED Tuesday :: Classic Videos :: Victor Frankl

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch some vintage footage of Victor Frankl, author of the classic Man’s Search for Meaning. A book that has inspired generations of healers and other courageous individuals by his example  to persist in the face of humanity’s worst. He even […]

The Self is not an Island: Finding Our Place in the Natural World

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was captivated listening to the NPR program, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, yesterday. His guest was Carl Safina, ecologist and author of The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World. You can read excerpts and […]

TED Tuesday :: His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch His Holiness the Karmapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, talk about his life and philosophy.   

Metaphor Monday :: Can Words Kill?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat from Arizona, was shot in the head a point blank range this past Saturday injuring 14 other people, with six dead. The suspect is 22-year-old Jared Loughner who apparently planned out this killing ahead of time.  […]

From the Archive :: Best of 2010 :: Stuart Brown Says Play is More Than Fun

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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 […]

From the Archive :: Best of 2010 :: Being Comfortable Being Out of Balance, Performance Art by Janine Antoni

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is one of my favorite metaphors. It’s an axiom to live by: “being comfortable being out of balance.” So no matter what is happening we can be comfortable. This is equanimity in action. Here is my post from 16 […]

Suzanne Matthiessen :: MInd/Body Wellness Awareness Writer, Educator, & Coach

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Suzanne Matthiessen is my eMindful.com colleague and a fellow blogger and mindfulness-baseed practitioner.  She has dedicated her life and work to teaching integrated Mind/Body approaches to well-being for over two decades. She has successfully employed proactive holistic wellness awareness tools […]

TED Tuesday :: Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

What should we be focusing upon? Entrepreneur Chip Conley talks about customer service and the rationale for Gross National Happiness. Would we need a Universal Human Rights Month if we focused more on Gross National Happiness (GNH) than Gross National […]

Art as Practice

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I’ve recently resumed painting after about a 25 year hiatus. This is my latest piece, “9 Moments” that depicts nine moments of meditation, with each circle representing the arising of talking thoughts, images, and feelings in the mind. This piece […]

Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? on TED Talks

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Dan Gilbert’s research was recently published in Science and featured in the New York Times and discussed in my blog entry from 20 November 2010. Here is an excerpt in case you missed that: A recent article in Science (reviewed […]

TED Tuesday :: How complexity leads to simplicity

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

According to ecologist Eric Berlow in this 3-minute talk, complex is not necessarily complicated. This sounds to me like the human brain — the most complex thing in the known universe. What that brain does can be complicated — if […]

Teachers and Talks: Sharon Salzberg

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Sharon Salzberg is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Societyand the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, both in Barre, Massachusetts. Shehas studied and practiced Buddhist meditation since 1970 and has been teachingworldwide since 1974. She is a guiding teacher at […]

Wisdom Wednesday :: Walking Meditation

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Buddha spoke of four postures for meditation: sitting, walking, standing, and lying down. Walking meditation is another form of mindfulness practice that helps us to bring mindfulness into movement and our activities in the world. If we are blessed […]

Freeform Friday :: Really? The Phone to Save You From Your Phone

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Have you seen Microsoft’s clever ad for their new Windows-based phone? It ties in to our lively discussion from last Friday on how technology challenges our ability to be mindful. After an hilarious parade of phone-based attention lapses culminating in […]

TED Tuesday :: Heribert Watzke: The brain in your gut

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

“I cook therefore I am” Watzke suggests. Did you know there are 500 million neurons in your gut. That pales in comparison to the brain (100 billion) but is certainly enough to qualify as a “second brain.” This fascinating talk […]

TED Tuesday :: Sherwin Nuland on Hope

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Surgeon, author, and inspirational speaker, Sherwin Nuland discusses hope. He mentions that the Oxford English Dictionary lists 14 definitions of hope and none of them are particularly satisfying.  His remarks on hope are consistent with mine from yesterday and take […]

TED Tuesday :: Martin Seligman on positive psychology

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Martin Seligman is one of the biggest names in the field of psychology. He did the original research ont he concept of learned helplessness and has now helped to found the field of positive psychology with concepts like learned optimism. […]

TED Tuesday :: Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A life that doesn’t provide radiant happiness may not be worth living according to Skrikumar Rao. Happiness is not from what we have or what we do. He claims that happiness is in our DNA. That claim may seem counterintuitive. […]

TED Tuesday: Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is the last installment of the Charter for Compassion talks with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (the Imam at the center of the controversy over the Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero). He gives a brief overview of the Muslim […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday :: Jon Kabat-Zinn

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Back by popular demand, here is another video by Jon Kabat-Zinn. If you are on in the LA area you have an opportunity to see Jon speak live and support Breast Cancer Research: Jon Kabat-Zinn, best-selling author and authority onMindfulness […]

TED Tuesday: Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

After exploring compassion from religious perspectives, today we’ll hear about the science of compassion. Robert Wright provides a natural history of compassion and Golden Rule. Feelings, love, and sympathy are not unique to humanity, but all are built into us by […]

TED Tuesday: Rabbi Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

More on compassion from the Charter for Compassion. Today, Rabbi Jackie Tabick. From Snoopy to compassion fatigue, Rabbi Jacky reflects on compassion and the Golden Rule. 

Freeform Friday :: Meditate Now

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If you missed this live guided meditation on Friday morning, you can watch it here now. This video and the meditation classroom is brought to you everyday by eMindful.com. It’s an opportunity to start your day with 45 minutes of […]

TED Tuesday :: Robert Thurman :: Expanding your circle of compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

TED Tuesday returns with Robert Thurman. More on compassion and the story of Asanga and his search for Maitreya in the form of a mangy dog. It’s a story of compassion through the vehicle of patience and open mind.  He […]

Site/Sight :: The Mindful Art of Ellen Kozak

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Over Labor Day Weekend I visited the gallery opening for my cousin, the artist Ellen Kozak at  Argazzi Art in Lakeville Connecticut.  Ellen’s work Site/Sight is a reflection on the impermanence of nature from the perspective of the surface of […]

Teachers and Talks: Pema Chodron

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Ani Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and author whose teachings and writings on meditation have helped make Buddhism accessible to a broad Western audience. She currently directs the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, the first Tibetan monastery […]

TED Tuesday: Rev. James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Continuing with the Charter for Compassion talks. Rev. Jams Forbes presents a refreshing and everyday perspective on compassion, including sympathetic joy — rejoicing in successes of others. He grew up in a family asking, “Are all the children in?”

Does a Tiger Have Buddhanature?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Wisdom Wednesday. The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant recounts the story of a wounded Siberian tiger that tracks and kills the poacher, Vladimir Markov who had previously wounded him. After being shot in […]

Morning Meditation: Fridays

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings everyone. A reminder and invitation to join me live online for Morning Meditation,  sponsored by eMindful.com. I’m in the video classroom (see below) every Friday morning. Other instructors lead the practice on the other days of the week. These […]

Social Networking

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings friends on Beliefnet. Thanks for following my blog. We can also connect through social media. I invite you to link to me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Friend me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter  Link to me on LinkedIn […]

Bob Thurman on happiness and becoming Buddha — on TED.com

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The first time I heard of Bob Thurman it was 1984. I was in the small audience of the Amherst College Chapel for the first Inner Science Meeting. The Inner Science Meeting was the predecessor to the Mind and Life […]

Yoga Sanga: The Yoga Online Magazine for Texas on Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Rocio Morales the founder and director of Yoga Sanga: The Yoga Online Magazine for Texas. My book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants was also reviewed (you can read it here).  You can […]

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