Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness (Hardcover)

A Practical Guide to a More Focused and Quiet Mind

By Arnie Kozak

Skyhorse, 9781510728028, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

List Price: 19.99*
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Mindfulness—focusing on the present moment while accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations—is growing in popularity. You can find apps, online courses, and articles on the subject. Businesses like Google are incorporating the practice at work, resulting in lower stress levels, less frustration, fewer sick days, and less burnout. Health centers at universities are getting in on the act too, helping overly stressed students find relief.

This basic guide to mindfulness is geared toward the curious, the beginner, and the person looking for real help with the burdens of modern life. Divided into five sections—Appreciating Mindfulness, How to Practice, Mindfulness in Action, Going Deeper, Going Even Deeper—this handy guide tells you everything you need to know to get rid of stress and gain newfound peace: how mindfulness works, how to practice it, and how to apply it in daily life.

Along with explanations of mindfulness, each chapter includes a unique guided meditation and a timeless truth that will guide the reader to deal with obstacles to practicing mindfulness, living with wisdom, and how to create unconditional happiness through mindfulness.

About the Author

Arnie Kozak, PhD, is a psychotherapist, clinical assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and workshop leader at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. He is author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book, and Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now. Dr. Kozak resides in Jericho, Vermont.

Praise For Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to a More Focused and Quiet Mind

"Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness brings a freshness and clarity to the core principles underlying the liberating practice of mindfulness. Arnie’s blend of simplicity, wisdom, and psychological sophistication makes this book deeply relevant and alive for contemporary readers."—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness is a wise and pragmatic exploration of mindfulness in our daily lives. Arnie Kozak draws on his many years of meditation practice to highlight the many ways mindfulness helps awaken us to the possibilities of greater peace and freedom." —Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

"Much like mindfulness itself is integrative, this book offers a wonderful and rare combination of friendly tone and solid scholarship, simple experiential practices plus deep wisdom, and both accessibility and comprehensiveness. Dr. Kozak is a warm and supportive guide all along the way."—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

"The five core principles covered by Arnie Kozak in his Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness (Experience is fabricated; No one owns the experience; You can choose not to identify with experience; The mind can be trained; and Happiness is non-contingent) will be inspirational for beginners in mindfulness practice. For seasoned practitioners, these are an exquisite and creative re-languaging of not only Buddhist understanding of mindfulness but also broader aspects of Buddhist thought and practice. The book is an exciting new addition to the growing literature on the subject and builds a solid bridge between secular mindfulness practice and Buddhist principles of mindfulness." —Mu Soeng, author of Heart of the Universe and Trust in Mind

“There are no shortage of books on mindfulness, but Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness stands out from the pack. I’ve been practicing mindfulness for over 25 years, yet I learned so much from this book because it contains a variety of approaches, some of which I hadn’t tried before. The book is both thorough and concise. Its coverage includes the history of mindfulness practice; mindfulness myths; guided meditations that cover several mindfulness techniques; what to do when you encounter obstacles; how practicing mindfulness can take you all the way to the peace and well-being we all hope for. As an added treat, Kozak writes in a relaxed, personal style that makes you feel as if you’re in a conversation with him. This is the cream of the crop of books on mindfulness and is not to be missed.” —Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick, How to Wake Up, and How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

"Everything you need to know about mindfulness and how to practically and effectively implement it into your life for unconditional happiness can be found in this book! Get it, work it, and be open to the world of possibility before you."—Elisha Goldstein, PhD, Founder of A Course in Mindful Living

"Kozak makes mindfulness simple and accessible, succinctly distilling ancient teachings into digestible nuggets of wisdom and encouragement. Even those with a 'monkey mind' and a fear of meditation will be put at ease by Kozak's practical guidance for modern mindfulness. I found myself highlighting every page, as I discovered countless powerful insights that have already enriched my daily life."— Michaela Chung, author of The Irresistible Introvert: Harness the Power of Quiet Charisma in a Loud World

"Timeless Truths will open your mind and heart and will lead you to important decisions about your own life."—Yuval Abramvotiz, international bestselling author of The List "Arnie Kozak’s Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness is a clear, honest, and informative examination of what mindfulness is and how to practice it and apply it to daily life. His timely book about a timeless subject will dispel myths about meditation, help you skillfully navigate obstacles, and nourish and reanimate your practice. Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness is an edifying and delightful book that will inspire novice and experienced meditators alike."—Jeffrey Rubin, author of The Art of Flourishing