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Mindfulness Matters

E is for Effort

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

11951100_955049484553827_7661023066388418156_nMindfulness A to Z official release is tomorrow!

Here is an excerpt from “E is for Effort”

We may need to encourage ourselves gently in the direction of practice. Challenges arise. Daily life is complicated and busy; it may seem like we have no time to practice. But the effort required to be mindful in any given moment is small. After we bring our attention to what is happening now, the onrush of life works to pull us back into our story. Effort is the aggregate of many small moves, many small corrections in the direction of attending to the here and now. It is not about forcing our minds to stand still like statues. It’s about simply bringing attention back again and again. Good effort is the art of the gentle return to now.

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S is for Self

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

11949353_955053217886787_2370183667128221829_nMindfulness A to Z official release is tomorrow!

Here is an excerpt from “S is for Self”

Who are you? Emily Dickinson would reply:

I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?

Most of us would naturally reply, “I am me.” More precisely, though, I am a me, one of many who have a sense of self. The Buddha’s most radical idea was there actually is no self that corresponds to this sense—at least not in the unexamined way we typically experience it. Of course, there is someone here to be called “me” who lives at a certain address and has been alive for however long I’ve been alive. But this is just a matter of conventions. When I examine this “me,” really dig into what it is and where it’s located, it is quite difficult to pin down.

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N is for Nature

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

10885393_955047637887345_5792435779834696198_nMindfulness A to Z official release is 2 days away!

Here is an excerpt from “N is for Nature”

Practicing outside helps to break down the artificial separation we sometimes impose between “practice” and the rest of the world. Rather than feeling that we live in the world, as if it is a container that we occupy, we can begin to see ourselves as part and parcel with the world. The oxygen atoms that fill the atmosphere become a part of our bodies as we breath in the air, and the carbon dioxide that is our respiratory waste flows back into nature to feed the leaves as we exhale. Our own skin seems like a boundary, but in reality the elements of the nature that surrounds us are the very same elements that make up our flesh and bones. Getting out of doors to take our practice for a walk in the woods or open fields is a way of reminding ourselves that we and our world are a single whole.

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Available right now from Wisdom Publications and wherever books are sold on September 22nd!

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L is for Loving-kindness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

11947510_955047331220709_8109541316708939430_nMindfulness A to Z official release is 3 days away!

Here is an excerpt from “L is for Loving-kindness”

Buddhism retains a very strong tradition of deliberately opening our hearts to others. This practice is called “loving-kindness” or metta in Pali. It is interesting to note that the traditional practice of cultivating loving-kindness can either begin or end by focusing on ourselves. Either way, a core element of the practice is to cultivate feelings of loving-kindness for ourselves, too. Of course, it isn’t healthy to develop narcissistic feelings of self-love, but neither is it healthy to live with feelings of unworthiness. The reason that Buddhists include cultivating loving-kindness for ourselves in the practice is because we can’t very well love others if we don’t love ourselves. True loving-kindness is indiscriminate and holds nothing in reserve.

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