108 Metaphors for Mindfulness: From Wild Chickens to Petty Tyrants

108 Metaphors for Mindfulness: From Wild Chickens to Petty Tyrants

by Arnie Kozak

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108 Metaphors for Mindfulness: From Wild Chickens to Petty Tyrants by Arnie Kozak

From the author of Mindfulness A to Z!

This engaging and accessible little book is filled with both humor and profound teaching. It presents 108 metaphors for mindfulness, meditation practice, the nature of the self, change, deep acceptance, and other related concepts that Dr. Kozak has cultivated over twenty-five years of meditating, practicing yoga, and working as a clinical psychologist.

Metaphors are indispensable to understanding mindfulness, and to help deeply internalize it and make it a part of everyday life. These mentally catchy images can motivate us to practice, show us how and where to bring mindfulness to life in our personal experience, and help us employ powerful methods for transformation.

This book was previously published under the title Wild Chicken and Petty Tyrants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614293835
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Arnie Kozak is the founder of Exquisite Mind, a consultation service for individuals (in the form of mindfulness-based psychotherapy), as well as for the community, healthcare and other professionals, and corporations. Exquisite Mind teaches mindfulness, the art and skill of living in the present, as a vehicle for managing stress and enhancing quality of life. He was also a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at the Harvard Medical School, where he completed his doctoral training. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Reading This Book 4

Metaphors for Mind 5

1 Storytelling Mind 7

2 The Four-Story Building 9

3 Commentarial Mind 13

4 Doggy Mind and Monkey Mind 14

5 Lion Mind 16

6 Friendly Neighborhood Spider Mind 18

7 Carving Nature at the Joints 20

8 "You've Got Mail!" 22

9 The Inner Mute Button 23

10 Fierce Attention 25

11 Different Kinds of Snow 26

12 Waking Up 27

13 "Next Stop: 110th Street" 29

14 "Man Goes Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel" 30

15 Automatic Pilot 32

16 "Over 400 Channels-For Only $89.95 a Month" 33

17 Big Mind 34

18 Form and Emptiness 35

Metaphors for Self 37

19 The Me Movie 40

20 A Flashlight in a Dark Room 41

21 Witness 43

22 "Show Me the Self within the Self" 44

23 Thoughts Like Soap Bubbles 45

24 "Simmer Down" 47

25 Beasts of Burden 48

26 Leader of the Pack 49

27 The Finger Pointing to the Moon Is Not the Moon Itself 51

28 The Same River 52

29 Still Forest Pool 53

30 "Mirror, Mirror on the Wail" 54

31 No Taxation without Representation 55

32 Quorum 57

33 "Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First" 58

Metaphors for Emotion, Change, and "Ordinary Craziness" 59

34 The Uncertain Fire 60

35 The Man Trap 62

36 Emotional Baggage 63

37 Guardianship of Solitude 64

38 "Perfectomy" 66

39 In a Hole with a Shovel 67

40 Deprivation Mind 68

41 "I've Got Good News and I've Got Bad News" 69

42 The Drama Sutra 71

43 "Don't Believe Everything You Think" 72

44 "Ninety Miles an Hour Is the Speed I Drive" 74

45 "Man Loses Arm in Tragic Industrial Accident" 76

46 Don't Give the Bully Your Lunch Money 77

47 Spaz 79

48 Thirty-One Emotional Flavors 80

49 "Burn, Baby, Burn" 81

50 Cleopatra Syndrome 83

51 "Please Pass the Turns" 84

52 "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later" 87

53 Quack, Quack, Quack 89

54 The Hornet's Nest 91

55 The Investing Dentist 92

56 "Might as Well Face It, You're Addicted to Thoughts" 94

57 "No One Told Me the War Was Over" 95

58 Babysitting 97

59 "Move It or Lose It!" 98

60 Two Arrows 99

61 "As Exciting as Watching Grass Grow" 100

62 The Pause Button 101

63 Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel 101

Metaphors for Acceptance, Resistance, and Space 105

64 Wild Chickens 106

65 The Buzzing Fly 108

66 Weeds 109

67 "If You Don't Like the Weather…" 110

68 "This Piece of Paper Is My Universe" 111

69 "I Am Ready to Accept Your Terms of Surrender" 112

70 "Revolting!… Give Me Some More." 113

71 To Give Your Sheep or Cow a Large Meadow Is the Way to Control Him 115

72 Lean into the Sharp Points 116

73 The Sole of the Earth 117

74 The Swept Floor Never Stays Clean 117

75 Petty Tyrants 118

76 Falling Down 120

77 Be the Mapmaker 122

78 Letting Go and Letting Be 123

79 "Tea. Earl Gray. Hot." 125

80 "Bring Me a Mustard Seed" 125

81 Pain and Suffering 126

82 "Why Didn't I Kneel More Deeply to Accept You?" 128

83 A Foot in the Door 130

84 Office Hours 131

85 Monkey Trap 132

86 Mental Aikido 134

87 The Cluttered Garage 134

88 "The Best Seats Are in the Balcony" 135

89 Sky Mind 137

90 "Don't Waltz in the Minefield" 137

Metaphors for Practice 139

91 "Please Take Your Seat" 140

92 The Stillness Between Two Waves of the Sea 140

93 Holding a Baby Bird 141

94 Sharpening the Axe 143

95 The Reality on 7th Avenue 144

96 The Sitar of Enlightenment 145

97 Learning to Play a Musical Instrument 145

98 "Just Do It!" 146

99 Divide and Conquer 147

100 Be Prepared 149

101 "Come Back Soon!" 151

102 "Sit… Sit… Sit… Good Puppy!" 153

103 Hold On for Dear Life 154

104 March of the Penguins 155

105 The Clothes Don't Make the Man 156

106 AAA for the Mind 157

107 Squeeze the Sponge 158

108 "You Only Have Moments to Live" 160

Afterword 163

Ackowledgments 165

Appendices: Instructions and Exercises for Mindfulness Meditation 167

Notes 189

Works Cited 203

About the Author 211

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