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Burned out in these uncertain times? We can adapt.  Here’s how.

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“Practical Mindfulness” takes an informal, accessible, irreverent approach to demystifying mindfulness and mastering meditation. It leads readers from the very basics of breath meditation to deeper practices in training our awareness – using memorable teaching concepts and structured training exercises. With modern life becoming more distracting and uncertain by the moment, mindfulness is an essential skill set to navigate that distraction–and build an adaptive, fulfilling life.


“An insightful and demystifying look at mindfulness practice.” -Kirkus Reviews

“California psychiatrist and meditation expert Greg Sazima’s audiobook exhibits the casual abandon of someone who has truly mastered the art of “giving it a rest.” He trains family medicine residents at a Stanford hospital and, with his history of surviving serious bone cancer, comes across as a complex but accessible meditation teacher who knows a lot about the pleasures and misunderstandings surrounding the ancient practice. Narrator Daniel Henning’s enjoyable performance captures the author’s likable persona and grasp of the human condition. The community theater director’s cheery performance serves as a bouncy, complementary vehicle for the author’s conversational writing. His delivery is crisp and dramatic but never upstages Sazima’s optimistic sensibilities or minimizes the pathos in the author’s personal journey.”  – AudioFile

Practical Mindfulness is the no-nonsense, no-incense guide to mindfulness and meditation.  Mindfully breathe in and out with this accessible guide to meditation for beginners. Learn the life-changing benefits of mindfulness to navigate this uncertain moment.

Practical Mindfulness teaches readers that our real home, a place we can always return to, no matter the circumstances, is actually inside of ourselves. Practical Mindfulness’ clear training helps readers respond and adapt to the inevitable opportunities and stresses of contemporary life. Beginning meditation is often made more complicated than it needs to be. Practical Mindfulness simplifies it and eases the way to getting a solid practice going.


Audio book narrated by Daniel Henning


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    Practical Mindfulness stands out.

    • Training exercises that work. Practical Mindfulness is a hands-on, how-to, irreverent read – appealing to all readers curious about meditation, and especially health care and education professionals looking to convey the fundamentals of meditation to their patients and students. We can all benefit from these effective coping strategies in the midst of all that is happening… from COVID to the current political climate.
    • An accessible approach to finding “home” — our own feeling of peace of mind.  When we face challenges–from a tough day at work to a life-threatening health problem–we can realize there is no sustainable outside solution. But with a more developed interior awareness, we can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression — and build resilience.
    • Meditation training from an expert. Dr. Sazima is a board-certified psychiatrist, an educator of family doctors-in-training at Stanford’s Family Medicine Residency, and an experienced meditator and meditation teacher. He is also a survivor of a rare bone cancer, using the powerful practice of meditation to navigate his own medical crisis and “pay it forward” to show why and how meditation works in an accessible and entertaining way.We can adapt – Practical Mindfulness shows us how.Readers of books such Think Like A Monk, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,  and 10% Happier will love Practical Mindfulness.

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A Practically Mindful Moment

The Practically Mindful Moment podcast features brief morsels of information on concepts and tactics from Dr. Greg Sazima’s new book, Practical Mindfulness: A Physician’s No-Nonsense Guide to Meditation for Beginners (Mango Media, release date 1/19/2021). Each PMM clocks in at a user-friendly ten minutes or so; just a brief tuning in, a learning opportunity, and brief guided exercise in mindfulness. (And a quick, shameless plug for the book.) Enjoy!

12 Episodes 

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Meet The Author

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Greg Sazima, MD

Senior Behavioral Faculty,
Stanford/O’Connor Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Greg Sazima is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist, an educator of doctors-in-training, a writer, and a long-time meditator and meditation teacher. He is also a survivor of a rare bone cancer who’s used the powerful practice of meditation to navigate his own medical crisis. Now, he is on a “pay it forward” mission to help us gain a practical understanding and basic mastery of mindful awareness. In Practical Mindfulness, he leverages lessons from his experience in a personal, informal style to show why and how meditation works.

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