Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorJon Kabat-Zinn
Publication DateJanuary, 2005
ISBN-139781401307783
GenreSelf-Help/Meditation
The author of Full Catastrophe Living offers the most enlightening exploration yet of the principles of mindfulness--the ancient Buddhist method of stress reduction. Kabat-Zinn blends stories, anecdotes, poems, images, and scientific observations with easily followed instructions in the art of "capturing" the present and living fully within each moment in order to achieve inner peace.

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The author of Full Catastrophe Living offers the most enlightening exploration yet of the principles of mindfulness--the ancient Buddhist method of stress reduction. Kabat-Zinn blends stories, anecdotes, poems, images, and scientific observations with easily followed instructions in the art of "capturing" the present and living fully within each moment in order to achieve inner peace.The time-honored national bestseller, updated with a new afterword, celebrating 10 years of influencing the way we live.

When Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives. In honor of the book's 10th anniversary, Hyperion is proud to be releasing the book with a new afterword by the author, and to share this wonderful book with an even larger audience.

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Publisher
Hachette Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Title
Wherever You Go, There You Are
ISBN-13
9781401307783
Publication Date
January, 2005
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.30 x 5.60 x 1.05 Inches
ISBN-10
1401307787

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Ive never been a cons...
I've never been a consistent meditator, but I've often thought that I am a good candidate. My mind often races, and I'm a chronic multi-tasker. Although I try, I'm not great at focusing on the present moment. But when I slow down enough to think about it, I don't want to miss a minute of the rest of my life. It sounds like a cliché to say that time flies, but that cliché has felt very real to me lately. My kids are getting older - one just finished his first year of middle school and the other will be a high school sophomore in the fall. My older son just got his first paying job - worship leader and praise band director at our church. (Yes, he's getting paid to play guitar - he's on top of the world!) My husband and I have started talking about what we'll do when we are empty nesters. Losing both of my parents recently has also made it very real that the next moment is not guaranteed. This makes me want to live in the moment, and so I picked up Kabat-Zinn's book on mindfulness meditation. This book is made up of short chapters. There is a little bit of "how to," but even more reflection on the role of meditation and mindfulness in our lives. So, while people looking for a mediation guidebook might not find what they need here, it was quotes like this one that made this a worthwhile read for me: "Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing something about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely, the path that is your life. Meditation may help us see that this path we call our life has direction; that it is always unfolding, moment by moment, and that what happens now, in this moment, influences what happens next."
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A teaspoon of usefulne...
A teaspoon of usefulness buried in a pound of Eastern mysticism.
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Ive never been a cons...
I've never been a consistent meditator, but I've often thought that I am a good candidate. My mind often races, and I'm a chronic multi-tasker. Although I try, I'm not great at focusing on the present moment. But when I slow down enough to think about it, I don't want to miss a minute of the rest of my life. It sounds like a cliché to say that time flies, but that cliché has felt very real to me lately. My kids are getting older - one just finished his first year of middle school and the other will be a high school sophomore in the fall. My older son just got his first paying job - worship leader and praise band director at our church. (Yes, he's getting paid to play guitar - he's on top of the world!) My husband and I have started talking about what we'll do when we are empty nesters. Losing both of my parents recently has also made it very real that the next moment is not guaranteed. This makes me want to live in the moment, and so I picked up Kabat-Zinn's book on mindfulness meditation. This book is made up of short chapters. There is a little bit of "how to," but even more reflection on the role of meditation and mindfulness in our lives. So, while people looking for a mediation guidebook might not find what they need here, it was quotes like this one that made this a worthwhile read for me: "Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing something about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely, the path that is your life. Meditation may help us see that this path we call our life has direction; that it is always unfolding, moment by moment, and that what happens now, in this moment, influences what happens next."
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
A teaspoon of usefulne...
A teaspoon of usefulness buried in a pound of Eastern mysticism.
I've never been a consistent meditator, but I've often thought that I am a good candidate. My mind often races, and I'm a chronic multi-tasker. Although I try, I'm not great at focusing on the present moment. But when I slow down enough to think about it, I don't want to miss a minute of the rest of my life. It sounds like a cliché to say that time flies, but that cliché has felt very real to me lately. My kids are getting older - one just finished his first year of middle school and the other will be a high school sophomore in the fall. My older son just got his first paying job - worship leader and praise band director at our church. (Yes, he's getting paid to play guitar - he's on top of the world!) My husband and I have started talking about what we'll do when we are empty nesters. Losing both of my parents recently has also made it very real that the next moment is not guaranteed. This makes me want to live in the moment, and so I picked up Kabat-Zinn's book on mindfulness meditation. This book is made up of short chapters. There is a little bit of "how to," but even more reflection on the role of meditation and mindfulness in our lives. So, while people looking for a mediation guidebook might not find what they need here, it was quotes like this one that made this a worthwhile read for me: "Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing something about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely, the path that is your life. Meditation may help us see that this path we call our life has direction; that it is always unfolding, moment by moment, and that what happens now, in this moment, influences what happens next."
A teaspoon of usefulness buried in a pound of Eastern mysticism.

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Ive never been a cons...

I've never been a consistent meditator, but I've often thought that I am a good candidate. My mind often races, and I'm a chronic multi-tasker. Although I try, I'm not great at focusing on the present moment. But when I slow down enough to think about it, I don't want to miss a minute of the rest of my life. It sounds like a cliché to say that time flies, but that cliché has felt very real to me lately. My kids are getting older - one just finished his first year of middle school and the other will be a high school sophomore in the fall. My older son just got his first paying job - worship leader and praise band director at our church. (Yes, he's getting paid to play guitar - he's on top of the world!) My husband and I have started talking about what we'll do when we are empty nesters. Losing both of my parents recently has also made it very real that the next moment is not guaranteed. This makes me want to live in the moment, and so I picked up Kabat-Zinn's book on mindfulness meditation. This book is made up of short chapters. There is a little bit of "how to," but even more reflection on the role of meditation and mindfulness in our lives. So, while people looking for a mediation guidebook might not find what they need here, it was quotes like this one that made this a worthwhile read for me: "Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing something about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely, the path that is your life. Meditation may help us see that this path we call our life has direction; that it is always unfolding, moment by moment, and that what happens now, in this moment, influences what happens next."

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I cant say this book ...

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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I read this book a lit...

I read this book a little bit each morning. I especially liked the simple things to try for mindfulness practice. The author uses concrete examples from his own life which were very helpful in understanding. The book seemed very practical to me and encouraged me to stay with my meditation practice, not for an outcome, but simply as part of my journey. I felt a sense of relief knowing that this is not about trying to get somewhere in order to have arrived.

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I cant say this book ...

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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A relatively simple te...

A relatively simple text about mindfulness and meditation practice, and as such wants a close and careful reading-otherwise you're just going to think you've heard all this stuff before. But why bother reading it in the first place if you don't want to actually think about it? Otherwise, y'know, just read some inspirational stuff on Facebook. But actually taking the time to read this slowly, and think about everything he says, was rewarding. He's intelligent and compassionate about the human condition in general, and stays pretty much away from dogma. It's all stuff worth thinking about. Recommended.


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