There’s this book I’m reading — flipping around, bit by bit — that I’m liking. That “flipping around bit by bit part” shouldn’t be an insult to the book’s author, Dr. Arnie Kozak. He meant for you to, read Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness that way — if that’s something you appreciate being able to do. I know I do. (If you don’t, you can of course read it straight through.)
Kozak argues that metaphors for mindfulness are “seeds,” that they help plant a deeper understanding of and interest in true mindfulness, and that they can enhance its practice or make it easier. Judging by the authorities who praise the book on it back cover, I’m not the only person who thinks he’s onto something. (Just the least authoritative!) And Kozak’s got me thinking, as I flip around, bit by bit: about the beauty and help that metaphors can lend to our practice.