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Bodhi Day 2015

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In honor of Bodhi Day, I wrote a reflection on the Seven Factors of Awakening, which are based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. You can read about these on the main Beliefnet site. I hope this contemplation on awakening […]

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How to Live Well with Chronic Illness and Pain

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I wrote a prepublication endorsement for Toni Bernhard’s latest book: How to Live Well With Chronic Illness and Pain:  As a psychotherapist treating chronic pain, I wish this book had been written years ago. This is an invaluable guide for […]

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E is for Effort

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness 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 […]

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N is for Nature

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness 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 […]

L is for Loving-kindness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness 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. […]

U is for Uncertainty

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 4 days away! 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 […]

F is for Fear

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness 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 […]

N is for Nirvana

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 7 Days Away! Here is an excerpt from “N is for Nirvana” Nirvana is one of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in Buddhism. It literally means “blown out,” as when the flame of a […]

I is for Intention

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 8 Days Away! Here is an excerpt from I is for INTENTION: Intention is an important mental factor that accompanies every waking moment. It moves us toward objects of perception and plants the seed of […]

M is for Mind

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 9 Days Away! Here is an excerpt from “M is for Mind” There is no one steering this mind. We don’t own the mind and the mind is not who we are, even though […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Happy Birthday Buddha!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In Japan, the Buddha’s birthday is being celebrated today. Actually, it is the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama (or Siddhata Gotama in Pali), the man that later became the Buddha — the awakened one. This is a day of gratitude and […]

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What is the self beyond language concept, and story? Can we find an identity in the unfolding awareness of the moment? When we let go of stories and release ourselves into the flow of the moment, we start to realize the world that we live ...

posted 10:55:04am Apr. 22, 2016 | read full post »

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At a recent workshop at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, I coined a new phrase: equanimity equity (EE). EE is the rationale for ...

posted 7:39:16am Mar. 19, 2016 | read full post »

Getting to Forgiveness
I was recently interviewed again by Brianna Steinhilber of EverUp. This time on Forgiveness. Read her excellent piece here that quotes me. ...

posted 5:40:52pm Feb. 24, 2016 | read full post »

Handling Rejection
I was recently interviewed by Brianna Steinhilber of EverUp for a piece on dealing with rejection. You can read her very thoughtful story ...

posted 6:03:05pm Feb. 09, 2016 | read full post »

Accessibility and the Precious
I had an interesting dream image last night. I was observing a fantastic display of the aurora borealis--Northern lights (or it might have ...

posted 9:14:31am Jan. 31, 2016 | read full post »

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