Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Wherever You Go There You Are Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life In this book the author maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one s own life It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners anyone who

In this book, the author maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one s own life It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments.

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  1. Jon Kabat Zinn, Ph.D is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR in various venues around the world He received his Ph.D in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria.He is the author of numerous scientific papers on the clinical applications of mindfulness in medicine and health care, and of a number of books for the lay public Full Catastrophe Living Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness Delta, 1991 Wherever You Go, There You Are Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life Hyperion, 1994 Coming to Our Senses Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness Hyperion, 2005 and Arriving at Your Own Door 108 Lessons in Mindfulness Hyperion, 2007 He is also co author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting Hyperion, 1997 and with Williams, Teasdale, and Segal, of The Mindful Way Through Depression Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness Guilford, 2007 Overall, his books have been translated into over 30 languages.His major research interests have focused on mind body interactions for healing, clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training, the effects of MBSR on the brain, on the immune system, and on healthy emotional expression while under stress on healing skin clearing rates in people with psoriasis on patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation with prison inmates and staff in multicultural settings and on stress in various corporate settings and work environments 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 NPR It 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 has trained groups of CEOs, judges, members of the clergy, and Olympic athletes the 1984 Olympic Men s Rowing Team and congressional staff in mindfulness The Stress Reduction Clinic has served as the model for mindfulness based clinical intervention programs at over 200 medical centers and clinics nation wide and abroad Dr Kabat Zinn has received numerous awards over the span of his career He is a founding fellow of the Fetzer Institute, and a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine He received the Interface Foundation Career Achievement Award, and the New York Open Center s Tenth Year Anniversary Achievement in Medicine and Health Award 1994 the Art, Science, and Soul of Healing Award from the Institute for Health and Healing, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco 1998 the 2nd Annual Trailblazer Award for pioneering work in the field of integrative medicine from the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California 2001 the Distinguished Friend Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 2005 , and an Inaugural Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award from the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative for Integrative Medicine 2007.He is the founding convener of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and serves on the Board of the Mind and Life Institute, a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists to promote deeper understanding of different ways of knowing and probing the nature of mind, emotions, and reality He was co program chair of the 2005 Mind and Life Dialogue The Clinical Appl

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  1. Dear Brother, When you first asked me about how to practice meditation was it last week , I gave you a few vague answers and then dismissed it from my mind, thinking that while it is impressive that you consider it seriously, it is not really vital to you right now But, yesterday when you spoke about how difficult it is to study for than two hours continuously, I realized that there might be to it That conversation set me thinking about a concept called Digital Natives You would definitely qua [...]


  2. This is a particularly nice guidance book on meditation and mindfulness I especially like Zinn s focus on non doing, which has nothing to do with being lazy or indolent, but the ability to simply let things be and allowing them to unfold in their own way 44 In short, this is the art of mindfullness, which Zinn says has to be kindled and nurtured because you can only get there if you are fully here 131 I also like his descriptions of mountain and lake meditations where one imagines that all sorts [...]


  3. If you want to know how to actually live in the present moment, then this book is for youI have become midnful of my thoughts and actions, and the amount of time I spend daydreaming or assuming what someone or something else s reality is Instead, I allow those thoughts to pass quickly, without judgement, and come back to the present, whatever it is I am doing that moment be it playing peek a boo with my son, cooking a meal, having a talk with my husband or friend or running a few miles.


  4. This is supposed to be a practical guide to meditation It was recommended to me by someone who knew how I feel about the mysticism that surrounds yoga and meditation Imagine my dismay when I encountered guidelines like If we can take a stand here, and let go into the full texture of now, we may find that this very moment is worthy of our trust What How can you trust or not trust a moment In the stillness of formal practice, we do turn our energies inward, only to discover that we contain the ent [...]


  5. I think this guy may go down as a historical figure He was the prime mover in turning meditation into a mainstream, secular, scientifically tested way to rewire your brain for happiness This is a great book for beginners and the curious.


  6. A solid book for those interested in learning about and pursuing mindfulness I have no experience with anything related to meditation aside from watching yoga commercials and hearing my mom talk about Buddha, but this book broke down my preconceptions and replaced them with tangible ways to improve my mindset For example, this passage from an early part of the book discusses how mindfulness does not always mean suppressing brain activity rather, it involves accepting things as they come People w [...]


  7. Mindfulness is considered the heart of Buddhist meditation but its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to all In essence, mindfulness is about wakefulness Out minds are such that we are often asleep than awake to the unique beauty and possibilities of each present moment as it unfolds While it is in the nature of our mind to go on automatic pilot and lose touch with the only time we actually have to live, to grow, to feel, to love, to learn, to give shape to things, to heal, our [...]


  8. This is like the handbook for mindfulness, a great place for people new to meditation or other contemplative practices to start It is written in tiny chapters, most useful read alone In other words there should be a lot of contemplating and meditating on the book itself There are practical bits on how and some thoughts on why and specific situations and scenarios to consider My only beef with Kabat Zinn is that he has a lot of dangling quotations, where it s like what he s including is so profou [...]


  9. There is no running away from anything The romantic notion that if it s no good over here, you have only to go over there and things will be different If the jobs are no good, change jobs If this wife is no good, change wives If this town is no good, change towns This underlying thinking is the reason for your troubles.You cannot escape yourself, try as you might Sooner or later, the same problems arise patterns of seeing, thinking, and behaving Our lives cease working because we cease working a [...]


  10. I was recommended this book but I really struggled with it The problem might have been increased by the fact that I found a talking book version read by the author Authors probably should know better.Anyway, it also had lots of that kind of music you might hear while getting a massage I think that was also a mistake.I just can t imagine myself sitting focused on my own breathing for any length of time I do get what is being attempted here, but it just isn t me.I also acknowledge that I have a ra [...]


  11. I found this in one of those remainder book shops which sell off the unsellable at reduced rates, there I also picked up Pompeii andCnut, this one did not impress me so favourably.The author notes in a preface that it is his favourite of his own books, I can t see what he sees in it I found it like a tasting menu in which the feeling grew that the tasting menu itself was denying me the opportunity to enjoy a full meal When I offered a crumb or a flake of something that was good, the only certain [...]


  12. My girlfriend in college suggested I read this book on everyday Mindfulness Meditation by Jon Kabit Zinn since then he has become one of my favorite authors on the subject I approach every day as a meditation in movement I m currently working on being non reactive and awake and alive in the present moment without having any expectations of it and allowing the moment to simply be as it is It is what it is Good, bad, or indifferent trying not to force the river just allowing things to arise and f [...]


  13. I d avoided Kabat Zinn s works in the past, lumping them into the airy faerie category of new age fluff Then I read about him in another book Bill Moyers dusty but still relevant Healing and the Mind and was impressed with both his credentials and his views This book is targeted to clients whose health issues such as chronic pain may benefit from learning to let go of hurts from the past and worries about the future, and live fully in the present moment Breathing, imagery, relaxation all good s [...]


  14. If you re looking for something about meditation and mindfulness that s devoid of spiritual interpretations and the like, this is one of the closest approaches I ve seen that still focused on the meditation aspect and not just generally being aware It has some helpful suggestions for visualisation, including details not just of picturing things but of feeling things, like his suggestions for standing meditation of imagining yourself as a tree, the part where he mentioned approaching the practic [...]


  15. Jon Kabat Zinn is one of the pioneering medical professionals to integrate east west practices This book is a very easy read yet full of insight and depth I enjoyed the book immensely due to the luminous knowledge he provides regarding the practice and understanding of meditation and the synthesis of impressions held by various thinkers I highly recommend this book due to his objective style and candidness, allowing for any faiths, lifestyles, or ages to perceive the truths within.Excerpts Non d [...]


  16. If I could only have one book, this would be it Not a novel, but a really great short chaptered book that teaches than meditation It asks the big questions about life and incorporates a lot from Thoreau s Walden with quotes and passages A good mix of Eastern philosohpy and transcendentalism makes this a great book to read a chapter at a time It will always be by my bedside.


  17. This is a peaceful reading It feels like going to a meditation session with the author You are invited to bring mindfulness into the now, to practice mountain or lake meditation, to understand that you are connected with the whole, to minimise harm and cultivate generosity, love and patience, and to accept whatever is coming.


  18. Jon Kabat Zinn is simple, but not easy, to use a title of one of his own chapters on p.5 He can t help it he writes about mindfulness for intellectual people who expect a man of deep thinking to respect their intelligence and meet them on their level I personally enjoyed the chapter he has entitled Stopping Meditation is about stopping and being being present p.11 He likes to liken stopping to dying , and I like that To stop doing is to die, and this brings to my mind what Christ Himself says ab [...]


  19. The introduction tells us this book is meant to provide brief and easy access to the essence of mindfulness meditation and its applications By mindfulness is meant focused awareness of the present moment And meditation is the process by which we go about deepening our attention and awareness, refining them, and putting them to greater practical use in our lives The book is divided in three parts Part One, The Bloom of the Present Moment seeks to give some background and definitions It explains t [...]


  20. My father is a practicing Buddhist As such, this is the fourth book he has sent me on the subject in one way or another about practicing Buddhism He described this book as Kabat Zinn s way of introducing Buddhism without the Buddha, which interested me, as, although Buddhism is most absent of certain things that usually turn me off from organized religion, this book would be a way of looking at the practice of mindfulness through of a lens of human development instead of religious or soul centr [...]


  21. When we speak of meditation, it is important for you to know that this is not some weird cryptic activity, as our popular culture might have it It does not involve becoming some kind of zombie, vegetable, self absorbed narcissist, navel gazer, space cadet, cultist, devotee, mystic, or Eastern philosopher Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing something about who that is It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely, the path that is your l [...]


  22. Favorite quotes, and To Do s look at other people and ask yourself if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them Without knowing it, we are coloring everything, putting our spin on it all At the deepest level, there is no giver, no gift, and no recipient only the universe rearranging itself Make a list of what is really important to you Embody it Our ability to touch love and kindness and be touched by them lies buried below our own fears and hurts, below our greed and our hatre [...]


  23. Kabat Zinn s book was filled with everyday ways of cultivating mindfulness and finding peace wherever you might be It was a very applicable take on meditation and everyday life Seems a vague description, but once you read the book, it ll seem spot on This particular passage summed up what I enjoyed about the book Its broken down into short, digestible chapters that leave the reader pondering and creating space to implement some of the tips.Wherever You Go, There You Are Kabat Zin, J 1994 Wherev [...]


  24. That s a great title, and quite true The one you can t run away from, no matter how hard you try, is yourself Like the title says wherever you go, there you are The thing is, I thought I was about to read a practical guide to meditation, but maybe that is not the best quality of this book At least, that is not what I found in it It does go into different kinds of meditation, but I didn t feel it was a good guide to how to go about it It did tell me one thing about meditation I didn t know before [...]


  25. This was one of the better books on mindfulness I have read I very much enjoyed the balance between simplicity and complexity in both the conceptualization and practice of mindfulness I am a true believer in the power of living mindfully


  26. I read this book in a fragmented way, and will continue to keep it handy for re reading in my journey to becoming a somewhat functional practitioner of mindfulness meditation.


  27. Wherever You Go, There You Are is an excellent introduction to the fundamental principles and thought processes or lack thereof involved in mindfulness and meditation As compared to other books within this space, this book places a greater emphasis on explaining how a formal meditation practice can assist in cultivating mindfulness Much of the advice is practical and framed through unique metaphors such as comparing one s being to the characters in a fairytale that will make certain things click [...]


  28. I m grateful that Hyperion came out with a 10th anniversary edition of this book, for a couple of reasons One, I may very well never have found it in a bookstore in 2011 if not for this new edition And, two, Kabat Zinn s afterword for the anniversary edition nicely ties up the book s main concepts.In the afterword, Kabat Zinn bricks back our attention to the clarity, sanity, and well being that are always and already right beneath our noses, and within all of us A lot of us were probably wonderi [...]


  29. I have degrees in Philosophy and Comparative Religion, as I was once studying with the ambition of becoming a professor I have thousands of books in different subjects, but I have recommended this book and purchased it for friends as gifts than any other I first read it in 1995 and it is one of the most beautifully written texts I ve ever read He makes meditation something so down to earth and really appreciate the earthiness of his approach His use of literature, poetry and philosophy by way o [...]


  30. This was one of the first books I ever read about mindfulness and it hooked me It s explained in a simple, straightforward way, and every time I picked it up I thought yes I can do this And I SHOULD I ve done a day long meditation retreat with Kabat Zinn and he s just spectacular I often return to this book, just to familiarize myself with the basics and remember why I make time for mediation in my day HIGHLY recommended for anyone who is new to meditation.


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