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Wherever You Go, There You Are Paperback – January 5, 2005
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You get to choose: "Wherever you go...." is a book that can be explored over and over, that can start you on a path to a new habit to find within yourself what you need to survive today's busy world; that can help you find a new habit to renew the life you lead. Or, utilize its message just as a brief "chapter read" to jump start the positive if you are not looking for a lifelong habit.
It is very difficult to express, in words, the inner activities that result in becoming comfortable in your own skin. Kabat-Zinn writes thoughtfully and honestly about how he has accomplished this, and what things might work for you. There are many treasures in this book. For me, his ability to describe the rewards one gets from practiced patience, and to impress upon the reader the simplicity of the "body scan" and how it can lead to the habit of lying down meditation are two examples of things that readers can take away at any given time from his book.
Many self-help readers today are looking for the "quick fix" or some small coping practice they can employ to keep their days positive. In some ways, in addition to helping you understand why meditation works and why it can change your life, Kabat-Zinn writes a poetic and illuminating version of the "one minute help" chapters that the "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" series provided to these readers in the busy working world.Read more ›
The lack of mindfulness "...scavenges to fill time, conspires with my mind to keep me unconscious, lulled in a fog of numbness to a certain extent. It has me unavailable to others, missing the play of the light on the table, the smells in the room, the energies of the moment. Stillness, insight, and wisdom arise only when we can settle into being complete in this moment, without having to seek or hold on to or reject anything."
Learning how to immerse myself in this moment, and this moment alone, has been incredibly difficult. Yet the serenity, peace and soul satisfaction experienced therein are priceless. The "Non-Judging" chapter alone is worth the price of the book. Realizing my propensity to constantly evaluate my experiences and hold them up against expectations and standards that I create, often out of fear, has been tremendously liberating. I largely thank this book, and my best friend, for that lesson learned. :-)
I enthusiastically recommend this book to everyone. I find it especially useful to my clients who struggle with childhood abuse issues. Therapy clients who suffer from bi-polar, COPD or Borderline Personality disorders could also be helped significantly from learning the meditation techniques in this book.
We exist as we are, on this plane, in this realm, at this moment in the timeless here and now. And that is enough....more than enough.
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Our society doesn't realize that very simple truth, wherever we go there we are, with all our problems and stresses, SO it's really UP to us to find our way to resolve whatever... Read morePublished 1 day ago by ninive camner
At some point in your life, you may begin to wonder, "Will things always be this way?" - so rushed, with barely a moment to call your own, and current events that swirl around you... Read morePublished 4 days ago by ljlmd84
Purchased this for a class I'm taking. It takes a little bit to get into it, but once it happens, it's very enlightening.Published 11 days ago by Pineapple
I picked this up on a recommendation from my boyfriend. At the time I'd already spent three months doing guided Loving Kindness Mediation on my own after learning about it in Love... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Chicago Book Addict
Tells you what meditation is and what it is not. Makes for a good reference.Published 15 days ago by Tam Le
If you've made no deliberate prior effort to learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and meditation (maybe you just have an "idea of" what they are, or have read a few... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Chris O.