'Wherever You Go There You Are' ('Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life') is more than a manual for meditation. I would say that this book is for you if...
'Wherever You Go There You Are' explains how the mind has a habit of escaping the present moment, and how mindfulness brings it back to the now. As the book states, "Nothing happens next. This is it", or "There is nowhere to go, nothing to get".
This book is very helpful in making you see different ways in which our minds get lost in thought. In order to bring mindfulness in, Jon Kabat-Zinn gives different practices and meditations, such as the mountain meditation, the breath meditation, the lake meditation, the walking meditation, or the tree meditation.
However, as the book states, "If mindfulness is deeply important to you, then every moment is an opportunity to practice" - and you get to see through the book how you can use every moment to become less automatically reactive to events and more present.
'Wherever You Go There You Are' touches on other topics related to mindfulness. Here are four of my favourite bits of the book:
I find 'Wherever You Go There You Are' a very interesting read, as well as pleasant - somehow it felt to me as though this book transmitted a lot of calmness.
Besides, the short chapters include a 'Try' at the end - a
proposal for a practice of what the chapter has explained. Very useful
for a hands-on experience of mindfulness!
I also appreciated the fragments of 'Walden', from Henry David Thoreau, and the interesting quotes all throughout the book, which made me pause and reflect more than once.
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