Think you might prefer a small spoonful of snark to a large spoonful of sugar with your guided meditation? Have you been wanting to try a meditation practice but just haven’t known where to start? Either way, Greg Sazima ’90 MD might just be the guru for you.
In January, the psychiatrist and Stanford University professor published “Practical Mindfulness: A Physician’s No-Nonsense Guide to Meditation for Beginners,” which he says is “meant to lower the bar to entry for readers interested in mindfulness but skeptical of a mystical approach.”
Sazima brings a large dose of humor to everything he does, including teaching meditation. But he takes the practice quite seriously, having seen so many of his patients who “weren’t getting any better” find a way through meditation. He says mindfulness and meditation have a “vitamin-like quality in the way that they preempt the stress.”
The other reason Sazima is so evangelical about meditation is personal. He calls the book, accompanying podcast, and blog a pay-it-forward mission for the practice that he believes helped him beat a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer into remission.
Meditation’s effect on his fight with cancer motivated him to write “Practical Mindfulness.”