Drawing on her experiences as a Buddhist teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Annabelle Zinser developed meditation and mindfulness practices for a variety of everyday situations and the transformation of emotional challenges. In short chapters the author demonstrates how to connect the awareness of our breath with focusing our mindfulness on a particular topic at hand, such as: dealing with inferiority complex; recognizing negative thoughts and emotions; taking care of our sexuality; seeing our ancestors within us. This puts us in touch with the healing capacity of the present moment, and gives us a tool to transform even the most difficult and painful aspects of our lives into something joyful and healing. In their simplicity, the meditations follow the model of Metta meditation, aiming for the cultivation of our hearts and spirits. They always begin with focusing on the breath but from there expand to addressing a broad spectrum of mental conditions and life situations.
Written for anyone aiming to living in a more grounded and sustainable way, Small Bites offers immediately applicable guidance in applying key mindfulness practices to daily life.
Annabelle Zinser earned a PhD in history and politics and later trained as a massage therapist and yoga teacher, fields she practiced and taught in for many years. She received Dharma teacher transmission from both Ruth Denison and Thich Nhat Hanh, eventually becoming a member of the Order of Interbeing practice community. Thich Nhat Hanh bequeathed to her his urban practice center in Berlin, where she lives and has led the practice since 2002. She is the recipient of the United Nation’s 2007 Outstanding Women in Buddhism award.
Buddhist teachings and meditation offer a roadmap to help college students and others in early adulthood incorporate mindfulness into their lives as a means of facing the myriad struggles unique to this stage of life.