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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.

Arnie Kozak, Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now

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

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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.

Arnie Kozak, Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now

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

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Here is an excerpt from “U is for Uncertainty”

As uncomfortable as it may seem, uncertainty is the bedrock of our reality—everything is always changing. No matter how hard we may try to aim for certainty of outcome, in the end we have to admit that we just never really know what will happen next. The Buddha’s approach to this problem was not to push against reality in an attempt to shape it to our desired state but to learn to recognize reality and adapt our minds to work in harmony with it. If we cling to an expectation of a certain outcome, we set ourselves up to suffer all the more if it doesn’t happen. We must learn to accept uncertainty and to approach our lives with that reality in mind.

Arnie Kozak, Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now

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

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11951305_955043734554402_6517268131513834839_nMindfulness A to Z official release is 5 days away!

Here is an excerpt from “F is for Fear”

Fear arises from a mistaken apprehension of reality. The Buddha called this mistaken apprehension “ignorance” or “delusion.” We labor under the erroneous belief that our well-being is contingent on circumstances: “If life is comfortable and I get what I want, I will be happy. If I don’t, I will be miserable.” When we examine this assumption more carefully, it doesn’t hold up. We regularly see people who are happy in spite of the terrible circumstances of their lives and others who are hopelessly depressed even in the most ideal of circumstances. It is our attitude toward the circumstances in which we find ourselves that makes the difference.

Arnie Kozak, Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now

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

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