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Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life Paperback – January 5, 2005
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About the Author
His work in the Stress Reduction Clinic was featured in Bill Moyers' PBS Special, Healing and the Mind and in the book of the same title, as well as on Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, as well as NPR. he has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, and psychology, health care and hospitals, schools, corporations, the legal profession, prisons, and professional sports.
He is the author of numerous bestselling books about mindfulness and meditation: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness; Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life; Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness; and Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness. He is also co-author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting; and with Williams, Teasdale, and Segal, of The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness Overall, his books have been translated into over thirty languages.
- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781401307783
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401307783
- ASIN : 1401307787
- Publisher : Hachette Books; 10th edition (January 5, 2005)
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Take any given moment your in. I take it that you're sitting down somewhere right now reading this review. Focus on your breath. Notice how unaware of your own breathing you were before. Now, while reading this, expand the focus from your breath to the sensation of your body, your bottom against your seat perhaps, or the way the tip of your nose might feel cold or hot. Further expand the field of awareness to the sounds around you. Maybe you hear noise from other people. Maybe you hear nothing except the sound of your own breathing.
Project this mode of being aware into another setting. Perhaps you're at work, and someone is telling you how to do something. You might feel seeds of resentment growing inside you, asking the question in your mind how it is this person has the gall to tell you how do so something. You might feel personally attacked, a little nervous, your breath unsteady. Be aware of these sensations. Don't fight against them. But also listen to what the person says, as much as possible, without judgment. Is what this person is saying really a personal attack? Probably not. And if it is, does it really matter? Does he or she have control of your mind such that he could actually make you feel one way or another? Not if you choose to respond to it in a peaceful, proactive way and just take it for what it is, without judgment.
Maybe the above two paragraphs don't do it for you. Or maybe they do. The important thing is that mindfulness is about being aware and awake, and about choosing to make peace with the way you feel and the way you interact with the world. If you want to, you can always feel swept around by the winds of desire, or pulled around by anger or intense emotion as though there were a brass ring in your nose. Those are always options. But it's also another option to choose to practice inner tranquility. This is what this book is about.
Much like in college, you can skip the lecture if you master the corpus, but it's best to do both if you can. That said, anyone looking to really understand the methodology behind mindfulness and how it can be applied in a secular way to the suffering of the human condition, must read the aforementioned "Full Catastrophe Living". It's absolutely essential as the single book I would recommend to anyone for learning how to approach working with the present moment in ways that encourage insight and healing.
This book "Wherever you go , there you are" is nice but it won't provide the depth of instruction for practice as used in the medical setting or the science behind the mechanisms that make mindfulness so effective for many people.
I also got the audiobook and have been listening -- but I need a printed copy to refer back to. I am so glad I bought this. My friends are buying it, too!
Truly one of my favorites and one that I recommend to many.
Top reviews from other countries
I heard a meditation from it and it was my favourite, so i bought the book.
It is the truth. It helps you get in touch with yourself.
However, like so many others of this genre, the author keeps bringing his ‘wife’ and ‘children’ and ‘family life’ into the text, which is totally inappropriate in a self-help book; many many people dont have a wife/ husband/ children/ family life, and dont want to have those old-fashioned, limiting ways of living shoved in their faces when they’re trying to learn about mindfulness. It is annoying and distracting, and hence it dropped stars.
Be objective if you’re going to write a book - i didnt want an autobiography. It’s egotistical and at times the author’s ego is definately there.
The meditations however, are so wonderful. The book’s worth it for them definately.
unfortunately is the downside to electronic purchases. Expensive and waffle