- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (26 Aug. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749925485
- ISBN-13: 978-0749925482
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life Paperback – 26 Aug 2004
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This book shines with an exquisite simplicity and straightforwardness. Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the best teachers of mindfulness you will ever meet (Jack Kornfield, Buddhist teacher and author)
About the Author
Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusettes Medical Centre. He lives in the Boston area.
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Top Customer Reviews
What I like about his approach is that it is so simple and down-to-earth. It's not "alternative," it's here-and-now, everyday, (yet demanding.)
Seems to me if more westerners used his insights and techniques, not only would they feel better about themselves and their lives (I do, already)but the planet might be a safer place to live. Maybe that's pitching it a bit high - but give it a shot and see if you agree.
The book is beautifully lucid. I think most of us need some other additional regular guidance and structure to make mindfulness part of our everyday - well, I do, anyway - but more courses are springing up, and no doubt the CDs help.
But it's not a magic bullet - it takes time and application, and in a funny way, it's quite hard work. And I think it's worth getting into it even if you are not depressed or in pain, ahead of the times when you have to face suffering, yours or someone else's - because it adds so much to ordinary life.
It has taught me to question and adapt or change some of my characteristic responses - or at least to start doing so - and that's not always comfortable. But it really is worth it.
If you're a sceptical rationalist like me, be reassured - this man isn't a freaky guru, he's a trained scientist, a genuine teacher. This isn't a cult. It won't claim to change your life in a flash. But if you give it a chance - it really will help, with a lot of - "stuff." And it can actually be very enjoyable.
benefits to your hectic life, but have been put off
by its mystical, religious or paranormal associations
in the popular culture, author Jon Kabat-Zin offers a
gentle, secular introduction to the art of Being Here Now.
"Now" is the present moment in which, with mindfulness, we
can act with volition and not automaticity; to not simply
react robotically, but break the cause-and-effect chain of
external and internal stimuli. "Now" is where we can become
authentically ourselves, and marshal our full potential.
But focusing in the "Now", being aware without reacting,
without abstractly analyzing, takes practice. Kabat-Zin
shows us how to find our "Now" in the sensation of our
breathing, either during meditation practice or in a
mindful pause just before a meal. Then he shows us how
to carry mindfulnes into the activity of our daily lives,
so that we may find ourselves naturally proceding along
"The Way". Throughout, Kabat-Zin's narrative and personal
references are totally credible, evoking a surprisingly
accessible intimacy with the reader. You will enjoy and
benefit from this book even if you never sit on a pillow
to meditate, but you will gain even more if you do.
Well worth buying!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Prompt service recieved a couple of days after ordering.This book was recommended to me.The author has written many books on mindfullness.I look forward to reading this.Published 11 days ago by Ginny
Bought this for my mother for Christmas and she said it is helping her a lot. Definitely well received :)Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Vivian
Clear and easy to read.I particulary appreciated the different exercice at the end of each chapterPublished 1 month ago by Piwifl
Poor spiritual mumbo jumbo. Just keep it single paying attention on purpose was good enough without all the zinn spiritual stuff thrown inPublished 2 months ago by Golfvr6
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