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
An excellent book, still as relevant today as when first published. An absolute must for anyone needing a boost in life or who requires a different and perhaps a more positive... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Peter Mercer
An inspiring book from a regular human being! Easy to read...I bought the CD system after reading it.... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lynne Diane Smith
Ok, but there are better books. Too long. I would prefere The miracle of mindfulness or Peace is every step.Published 15 days ago by Davor Katusic
I really enjoyed this. It is very calming but at the same time practical, recognising that we all have busy lives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex Gutteridge
I Find this an excellent book for meditation and well beingPublished 2 months ago by Mr. Eugene Culshaw
A profound philosophy about mindfulness. Kabat-Zinn also answers lots of my questions concerning mindfulness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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