In a world that favors the outgoing, gregarious extrovert, being an introvert can be difficult. But the truth is that introverts have distinct advantages-as long as they know how to use them. Unlike extroverts, who draw their energy from social interaction, your energy comes from quiet reflection. Is it any wonder then, that mindfulness can help you hone your natural talents? In The Awakened Introvert, mindfulness expert and card-carrying introvert Arnie Kozak provides a comprehensive set of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral tools to help you maximize your introvert strengths (such as rich access to your interior) while minimizing your introvert weaknesses (such as a tendency toward worry and rumination). In the book, you'll learn powerful strategies to help you monitor your energy; recharge after social interactions; improve social and communication skills; and take advantage of your capacity for quiet reflection, and sweet, sweet solitude. If you're looking to unlock the full potential of your unique introvert brain, this book provides a fun, practical, and authentic "user's manual."
"How can we be true to our deepest nature with so many claims on our time, senses, and energy? In "The Awakened Introvert," psychologist and author Arnie Kozak offers a road map based on the teachings and practices of mindfulness that helps us stay connected to inner clarity, creativity, and peace in the midst of daily living."--Tara Brach, PhD, author of "Radical Acceptance "and "True Refuge"
Arnie Kozak, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a faculty member at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies where he teaches mindfulness. He has studied and practiced clinical psychology, meditation, and yoga for almost thirty years. He has studied with several meditation masters, including S. N. Goenka, Larry Rosenberg, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Kozak frequently presents workshops at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and Copper Beech Retreat Center. He is the author of The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, The Everything Buddhism Book (Second Edition), and Mindfulness A-Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now (forthcoming). Arnie is dedicated to translating the Buddha's teachings into readily accessible forms. In the long winters of northern Vermont, when he's not writing, teaching, or practicing psychotherapy, he rides the frozen slopes on his snowboard.