Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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ISBN-13: 9781401307783
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 9,709
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He also travels across the country teaching workshops on stress reduction and mindfulness. He lives with his family in Lexington, MA.

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Wherever You Go, There You Are 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Winkst More than 1 year ago
Discovered this book while searching on the internet for ways to help my wife. She suffered a head injury 12 years ago and also had some brain dammage. It is helping her by helping me to be more relaxed and happy with who I am in all situations in my life. Now I can see that her brain is gradually healing itself. It has been since her surgery but I was to busy taking care of her to slow down and see the progress.
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
This is a keep on bedside table/top nookshelf book. His other books are very good and explain/teach mindfulness concepts if you are new to idea. This is a meditation/affirmation book and my favorite of it's kind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like most people in the world I get lost from time to time. I wander off a path paved in peace and love and soon follows despair. So many of us search for something more but we have no clue what it is.This book for me, has taught me the importance of everyday practice and also the history details I've missed from other books. Opening up your heart isnt as hard as you thought. All in all it truly means whever you go there you are so embrace it. Love yourself and those around you....Love Peace Love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books about Buddhism and living in the present moment by different authors and Jon Kabat-Zinn has written about these things so eloquently and simplistically! From the first few pages I knew that he would become one of my favorite authors because he doesn't try to fill your head with nonsense, but instead encourages you by introducing new ways of thinking and being more open minded. I really enjoy this book and look forward to reading more by him.
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.
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.
HJR More than 1 year ago
The book has to deal with the facrt that mindful meditation is something you indirectly do, and not something that just happens when you follow a bunch of instructions.
eileenmary on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Excellent book, one I'll keep refering too.
dianemb on LibraryThing 26 days ago
A good, easy to read introduction to mindfulness meditation - being more aware of the present moment.
skokie on LibraryThing 26 days 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 26 days 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 27 days 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 27 days 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.
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This book was a useful tool in getting off the roller coaster that I created.
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