A sweeping field guide to the practice of mindfulness.
From Acceptance to Zafu, Mindfulness A to Z offers a wealth of inspirational advice and practical instruction on how to bring mindfulness fully into your life. In each entry, Dr. Kozak combines his personal insights and expert guidance on all aspects of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness A to Z presents a multifaceted look at living mindfully in our hectic world, whether dealing with internal conflict, such as fear of missing out, technical problems, such as how to meditate comfortably, or everyday joys such as finding your smile.
Whether you devour the whole book in one sitting, or read an entry a day, Mindfulness A to Z will be a great resource for building better practices in your daily life.
These brief explorations are "intended to inspire the integration of mindfulness into the fabric of daily life," writes Kozak (The Awakened Introvert), a psychotherapist and meditation teacher. While grounding his reflections in classic Buddhist concepts, he emphasizes the secular aspects of using mindfulness to reduce suffering, improve well-being, and foster a more "awakened life." Kozak uses personal examples to demonstrate how these techniques can help with everyday problems and encourages the practice of insight meditation (vipassana). "Developing mindfulness helps us to clearly see that we construct much of our experience of the world and ourselves," he writes. Topics range from the expected (aversion, compassion, fear, nirvana, sangha) to the more offbeat (smiles, landscapes, the grasping mind, fear of missing out, Xanax). Kozak is particularly interested in the storytelling capacity of mind, the nonexistence of the self, and biological reasons for the ways the mind can cause suffering. Many easy practices are included. Kozak's somewhat pedestrian writing and examples position the book in the middle tier of offerings on this popular topic. However, this earnest "field manual" of mindfulness provides sound, often astute guidance for those seeking an entr e to the subject.