Are you seeking for help on how to regain mindfulness?Well, you at the right place because i will tell you just how you can achieve that!
The book ,”Wherever you go there you are” is the answer!
The first thing i really liked about this book is how it connects with you by just its name.
In this review ,I will take you through what it is, what it talks about,its cost and lastly my thoughts about this book.
I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .
Lets then,get started on this book’s review:
Name : Wherever You Go, There You Are
Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre : Self Help Book
Publisher : Hachette Books
Publication Date : January 5, 2005
Book length: 304
What It Is
This is a book in which 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.
When Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives.
Jon Kabat-Zinn (born Jon Kabat , June 5, 1944) is an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School .
Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center .
His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with scientific findings.
He teaches mindfulness , which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness.
The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) , is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.
Kabat-Zinn was first introduced to meditation by
Philip Kapleau , a Zen missionary who came to speak at MIT where Kabat-Zinn was a student.
Kabat-Zinn went on to study meditation with other Buddhist teachers such as Thích Nhất Hạnh and Seungsahn .
He also studied at the
Insight Meditation Society and eventually taught there.
In 1979 he founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School , where he adapted the Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and developed the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program.
He subsequently renamed the structured eight-week course Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
He removed the Buddhist framework and eventually downplayed any connection between mindfulness and Buddhism, instead putting MBSR in a scientific context.
He subsequently also founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
His secular technique, which combines meditation and Hatha yoga , has since spread worldwide.
The course aims to help patients cope with stress, pain, and illness by using what is called “moment-to-moment awareness.”
Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR began to get increasing notice with the publication of his first book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness (Delta, 1991), which gave detailed instructions for the practice.
Then, in 1993, his work in the Stress Reduction Clinic was featured in Bill Moyers ‘s PBS special Healing and the Mind, spurring wide interest in MBSR and helping to make Kabat-Zinn nationally famous.
In 1994 Kabat-Zinn’s second book, Wherever You Go, There You Are, became a national bestseller.
In the latter part of the 1990s, many MBSR clinics were opened, either as standalone centers or as part of a hospital’s holistic medicine program.
Research by Kabat-Zinn includes the effect of MBSR on psoriasis , pain, anxiety, brain function, and immune function.
He is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute , a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists.
MBSR has been adapted for use by the US military to improve combatants’ “operational effectiveness,” apparently with Kabat-Zinn’s approval, which has provoked some controversy among mindfulness practitioners.
Kabat-Zinn is married to Myla Zinn, the daughter of Roslyn and Howard Zinn. Their three grown children are Will, Naushon, and Serena.
Kabat-Zinn grew up in a non-practicing Jewish family. He has stated that his beliefs growing up were a fusion of science and art.
Although he has been “trained in Buddhism and espouses its principles,” he rejects the label of “Buddhist,” preferring to “apply mindfulness within a scientific rather than a religious frame.”
What The Book Talks About
Lessons from the book:
You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short- circuits the cultivation of wisdom.
Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.
Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.
Life on earth is a whole, yet it expresses itself in unique time-bound bodies, microscopic or visible, plant or animal, extinct or living. So there can be no one place to be. There can be no one way to be, no one way to practice, no one way to learn, no one way to love, no one way to grow or to heal, no one way to live, no one way to feel, no one thing to know or be known. The particulars count.
Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.
The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.
To let go means to give up coercing, resisting, or struggling, in exchange for something more powerful and wholesome which comes out of allowing things to be as they are without getting caught up in your attraction to or rejection of them, in the intrinsic stickiness of wanting, of liking and disliking.
If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing… We may only go in circles.
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.
Those are just but a few lessons from the book, kindly read the book to discover more.
Cost of This Book
You can purchase this book from many platforms but on Amazon it will cost you the following:
Buy New $ 9.35
Buy Used – Good $ 6.11
My Thoughts On This Book
This is a well written book,i really loved the contents ,however this being a book a bit connected with Buddhism thus religious, might affect it being read by people for example Christians etc..
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as your questions.
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