By Wendy Hatoum
The Essex Reporter
The times you find yourself bored, lost in your thoughts while standing in line at the grocery store, waiting in traffic, or adrift in a long meeting might be the perfect opportunity to practice mindfulness and meditation, according to Essex author Arnie Kozak, Ph.D.
Kozak, a licensed psychologist in Burlington who teaches psychology at the University of Vermont, has just published a book on mindfulness called “Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants, 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness.”
“Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, where as meditation is a way of training that attention,” Kozak said in an interview. “Many people may have a misapprehension of what meditation is … meditation may be done sitting cross-legged on a cushion, or outside walking, or washing dishes or doing laundry. It’s about moving into the present.”
Kozak, who also offers workshops on mindfulness and is a clinical instructor at the UVM College of Medicine, has been practicing meditation for over 25 years, and is eager to share its benefits. “It can be used to deal with stress, and negative emotions,” he said. “It helps people tolerate pain better; it improves their relationships; it helps them be more concentrated, to be more connected to their experiences.”
For a list of author events and opportunities to meet Dr. Kozak, visit his website at 108metaphors.com