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Wherever You Go There You Are [Paperback]

Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Sept. 1 1995
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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In his follow-up to Full Catastrophe Living--a book in which he presented basic meditation techniques as a way of reducing stress and healing from illness--here Jon Kabat-Zinn goes much more deeply into the practice of meditation for its own sake. To Kabat-Zinn, meditation is important because it brings about a state of "mindfulness," a condition of "being" rather than "doing" during which you pay attention to the moment rather than the past, the future, or the multitudinous distractions of modern life. In brief, rather poetic chapters, he describes different meditative practices and what they can do for the practitioner. The idea that meditation is "spiritual" is often confusing to people, Kabat-Zinn writes; he prefers to think of it as what you might call a workout for your consciousness. This book makes learning meditation remarkably easy (although practicing it is not). But it also makes it seem infinitely appealing. --Ben Kallen

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Kabat-Zinn's book outlines the Buddhist technique of "mindfulness": a method of living fully in the moment without judgment.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational March 21 2004
Mindfulness should be an exercise all beings participate in practicing, not simply exclusive to our Buddhist traditions; a point Kabat-Zinn makes in this wonderful book. What it truly encompasses is a kind of awakening (yes, cliché) where we begin living in accord with not just all people but, also with ourselves.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is the director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, a clinic which likely has helped innumerable beings. Mindful meditation is a letting go practice, a practice of non contriving and ultimately - endurance. It is an acknowledgement of who we already are, beneath the layers of attachments and aversion; that is of course that we are loving and generous people.
This book offers a plethora of meditative exercises and mindfulness applications to employ in our daily routines. Zinn suggests utilizing sitting, walking, and even "on your feet" meditation. Metaphors of mindful actions are here using topics like parenting or even washing the dishes. This work will hopefully motivate all who read it. Great book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nonreligious Introduction to Meditation March 17 2002
By Jimalls
In today's world the everday person experiences incredible amounts of stress. Since 9/11 we have had to deal with watching innocent people jump out of burning buildings, airplanes explode midair, and now the recurrent fears of bio/chemical attacks. These are stress factors that we can only add to the previous ones we already had to deal with such as family, work, home, and school. Basically, we are a VERY stressed nation.
Fortunately, we do have several anti-stress options at hand and this book features several including seated meditation, walking meditation, and mindful yoga. Even if none of these methods work for you personally, this book features some very simple, very effective advice: everday take some time to just lie silently on the floor and breathe. It's that simple.
However, if meditation is of interest to you, you have come to the right book. Jon Kabat-Zinn has taken the study of meditation seriously with the Western practioner in mind. He has done studies and research on the awesome powers of meditation to help patients with both psychological and physical ailments. The results are astounding and encouraging. Best yet, Kabat-Zinn's work with patients has helped him establish specific suggestions that will help you gain the tremenous benefits of meditation.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is in need of stress relief, but may not be ready for an spiritual journey inward.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Aug. 14 2004
The messages in this book, the significancy of mindfulness, resonated so strongly in me it is as if the author wrote it specifically to me. Kabat-Zinn's writing style, knowledge and common sense attitude were refreshing in a world that often to me seems full of New Age mysticism. His advice that it is "best to meditate without advertising it" made me holler, "Hallelujah!"
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concentrated Wisdom - A Definite Keeper Jan. 24 2002
This has long been a best seller and justifiably so. Kabat-Zinn works clinically with people who are stressed and his earlier book, Full Catastrophe Living, was written for people who are almost pathologically stressed, to bring them the beneficial effects of meditation. The present book is written for average people on the street, who may not need so urgently the therapeutic effects of meditation, but in the belief that we can all of us use a healthy dose of it. It is written with no religious strings attached, and even avoiding the word "spiritual," and yet it has the ability to open up the spiritual realm for us, no matter what we wish to call it. It is an introduction for the beginner and a source of good advice for the practitioner of meditation. It's written in bite-sized chapters, in clear, easy and very readable prose. It is a delight to read. The book's three parts explore the why and how of meditation and its many applications in daily life. Many chapters conclude with suggestions for reflection or meditation. It is concentrated wisdom that deserves much rereading and a permanent place on your library shelf.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book to start with! Dec 12 2005
While some people have difficulty understanding what meditation is and why one might do it, just as many meditators hold on to misconceptions about meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn leads us gently into insight meditation with a clarity and conciseness of language that anyone can understand. This book leaves one feeling: "How could I not meditate?" This book makes a wonderful addition to any meditator's library or gift for someone new to meditation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, yet profound. Nov. 29 2003
Dr. Kabat-Zin's work is deceptively simple. In order to learn about how to be mindful, this book must be read in a mindful way.
Each page, each thought, each phrase is to be read and savored. Don't think about it too hard, or you will squeeze the magic out of his words. Read, but let the words talk to you; don't use mental faculties to reason, ponder over, intellectualize.
A masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly approachable classic Feb. 19 2010
This brief guide to mindfulness meditation was first published in 1994, but remains irreplaceable. It is much more beginner-friendly than Kabat-Zinn's excellent "Full Catastrophe Living" (1990) and much more concise than his more recent, lengthy "Coming to our senses. Healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness" (2005). "Wherever You Go There You Are" seems to be the perfect first book for those starting mindfulness training, be it on their own, or preferably with guidance from someone with MBSR-teacher training. The book covers, in a fluid, easy writing style, all the highlights concisely. Ageless instruction: read less, meditate more - this concise classic is perfectly suited to help the reader do just that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First time reading anything by this author and really enjoying ...
First time reading anything by this author and really enjoying it. Was given the recommendation to only read one chapter a day which has been really helpful
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn
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Published 1 month ago by Ron Hudson
3.0 out of 5 stars great content.
My copy arrived with pages not cut correctly, making it impossible to leaf through the pages. Still, great content.
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Published 2 months ago by Pookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly and poetically written
Very refreshing to read. Great book to read in small bits. Lots to reflect on and practice. JKZ gives timeless messages in each chapter.
Published 4 months ago by leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book
Love this book and any of Jon Kabat-Zinn's books. Full of wisdom and meant to teach how to improve life and health. Thank you!
Published 7 months ago by Josette Garfinkiel
4.0 out of 5 stars a little "light" reading
I recommend this book as a companion to Kabit-Zinn's Full Catastrophe Living. This is like snacking material, and you need the full meal deal as a base to operate from. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Wainwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet!
As Jon Kabat-Zinn rightly pointed out that meditation is simple but not easy. Every passage in this book brings smiles and sometimes "aha" moments. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Vinnie Yiu
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you.
It helped define some areas which had previously been vague. I was most impressed with the credentials of the writer.a
Published 12 months ago by Brian A. Clark.
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