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Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life Hardcover – 2005
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Stop Trying to get somewhere. Be where you are already. Think the grass is always greener somewhere else or life is better in someone else's shoes? If so, life will constantly disappoint you. True contentment comes from within- and you can uncover the spiritual treasure buried within you through meditation. Blending Western thought and Eastern practice, Wherever you go, there you are is the book that introduced meditation to America. Now you too can learn the simple practice of breathing and focus to keep yourself in the present. You'll discover how to let stress wash over you rather than try to shut it out. You'll find strength where you least expect it and even take charge of your health by adjusting your perspective. Join the nearly one million Americans whose lives have been changed by this book and the empowering practice of meditation.
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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.
For me this was an inspiration to stop very once in a while and just take a deep breath.
I received this book and WOW. It starts so basically that all you need to be able to do i read English. You don't need to have any idea what meditation is. You can follow any religion as this is not religious. It is so basic to begin with and as you read it builds up your understanding as you go.
The parts that you try yourself seem to pop up at the exact right time, just when you have that question in your mind . Perfect for anyone interested in mediation and mindfulness without any pre-conceived notions about what or how it is.
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