Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (10th Anniversary Edition)

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (10th Anniversary Edition)

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Overview

Think the grass is always greener somewhere else or life is better in someone else's shoes? If so, life will constantly disappoint you. True contentment comes from within—and you can uncover the spiritual treasure buried within you through meditation.

Blending Western thought and Eastern practice, Wherever You Go, There You Are is the book that introduced meditation to America. Now you too can learn the simple practice of breathing and focus to keep yourself in the present. You'll discover how to let stress wash over you rather than try to shut it out. You'll find strength where you least expect it and even take charge of your health by adjusting your perspective.

Join the nearly one million Americans whose lives have been changed by this book and the empowering practice of meditation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567319927
Publisher: MJF Books
Publication date: 11/20/2009
Edition description: 10th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
People consider this book a contemporary classic on meditation for good reasons. It¿s lovely and accessible. Jon Kabat-Zinn tackles the difficult task of explaining the nonverbal practice of meditation, which many find alien or even threatening, and makes it accessible, useful and even homey. He explains meditation not only with references to classic texts, but also by recounting his own experiences, drawing parallels with Thoreau, and discussing work and family contexts. The chapters are brief, some as short as a page, each focusing on a single topic. Many are accompanied with prompting questions or simple exercises you can try immediately. getAbstract recommends this book to people interested in reducing their stress, deepening their self-awareness and sharpening their focus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wherever You Go, There You Are is a book that ought to be left on any table in one's home (not tucked away in a shelf). What a great book of wisdom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My junior year of college I was extremely stressed out with my class load and life. A friend reccomended Wherever You Go, There you are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. The book really put things into perspective for me and allowed me to really think about the present moment and not get too caught up in life's daily issues. I highly reccommend this book if you are wanting something relaxing to read, or just looking for a way to simplify your daily life. It has changed the way I view stress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a student of eastern philosophy and philosophy in general. I am studying to become a professor and I have recommended this book to many of my friends and colleagues. I have cited it in many of my papers. It is a wonderfully poetic and lucidly instructional book that I personally feel is a must have. Every Christmas I buy it for at least one person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Jon Kabat-Zin when I was 40 and it changed my life. I was mindful and disciplined for many years. Over the last 6 years I was side lined with the illness and death of my brother and mother. I finally am trying to get centered again and purchased another copy....just in time because I am turning 60 and need to start being mindful and focused again. His teachings are a treasure!
carhow27 More than 1 year ago
I immensely enjoyed this book, and have used it as a manual for living. The eternal wisdom is uncanny, and Jon makes the understanding of meditation easy for anyone to understand.
Frank Dominguez More than 1 year ago
Jon Kabat-Zinn has an exquisite sense of life that communicates a practice that inspires me on a daily basis. I've taken to reading a chapter of this book first thing each morning because it sets me up beautifully with intentionality in my meditation and contributes to my experience of the day. I recommend that everyone read and consider all the lessons the author proposes in order to empower their practice. Thank you Jon Kabat-Zinn.
JP_Elliott More than 1 year ago
The author of this book was director of a stress reduction clinic for many years. His experience with and insight into our usual habitual but ineffective ways of seeing life are very informative and useful. If you every wondered the value of and how to meditate, this book will provide answers.
The_Wave More than 1 year ago
Good stuff.
eileenmary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, one I'll keep refering too.
dianemb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good, easy to read introduction to mindfulness meditation - being more aware of the present moment.
skokie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The authors ability to translate Eastern meditation concepts into the Western life is unparalled in my opinion. The book is an easy read and I highly recommend. I read it as an adjunct to Linehan's DBT manual and found it to be helpful when implementing mindfulness in the group setting.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The introduction tells us this book "is meant to provide brief and easy access to the essence of mindfulness meditation and its applications." By "mindfulness" is meant focused awareness of the "present moment." And meditation is "the process by which we go about deepening our attention and awareness, refining them, and putting them to greater practical use in our lives." The book is divided in three parts. Part One, "The Bloom of the Present Moment" and seeks to give some background and definitions. It explains that meditation is "not about making the mind empty or still." Part Two, "The Heart of Practice" delves into the "basic aspects of formal meditation practice." Part Three, "In the Spirit of Mindfulness" "explores a range of applications and perspectives on mindfulness. "Just before reading this book I had read The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh, a classic book on meditation and Buddhist precepts published in 1975, and which made Kabat-Zinn's book seem rather superfluous. Consisting primarily of what was originally written as a "long letter" Hanh in its 100 pages tells you almost everything (and more) than Kabat-Zinn does in over 270 pages. Hanh's book is more succinct yet more detailed in its exercises and explanation of breath and postures, more lucid and insightful, and is the kind of book that though deceptively simple, rewards repeated reading. I felt Kabat-Zinn's on the other hand was filled with boilerplate New Age filler and stuffed with a lot of quotations by others such as Whitman, Tao-te-Ching, and especially Thoreau. About the only additional material were a couple of pages on the position of the hands during meditation, a suggestion formal meditation be practiced for 45 minutes every day when you can, and that it's useful to do yoga, and that his personal daily "core routine" contains "twenty or so postures." That's it. I just don't see the use of having both books, and I can't see choosing Kabat-Zinn's over Hanh's.
BillPilgrim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book just at the time that I needed to. I was trying to address things in my life that this book helped me focus on perfectly. It got me started on mindfulness meditation, which I found to be just the thing that I needed in my life.
andersonden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't say this book has really changed my life because I am not easily changed, but the techniques and ideas in it have encouraged me to change some aspects of my behavior (very slowly). I'm hoping I'll eventually become more patient as a result of steady practice but that remains to be seen. An excellent guide to those wanting to ease the internal pressure of their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His books are always very easy to read and follow. I have read other books on meditation and mindfulness and he is one of the best.
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