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Wherever You Go, There You Are 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 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 at life We are unwilling to take responsibility for things as they are and to work with our difficulties It s much easier to find fault, to blame, to believe that what is needed is a change on the outside.There can be no resolution leading to personal growth until the present situation has been faced completely You must be willing to let life itself become the teacher.There is always something to dislike.When we commit ourselves to paying attention in an open way, without falling prey to our likes and dislikes, opinions and prejudices, projections and expectations, new possiblilties open up and we have a chance to free ourselves from the straitjacket of unconsciousness Mindfulness is simply the art of onscious living in the moment Jon Kabat Zinn, Ph.D is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine His clinic was featured on PBS series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers 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. If you want to know how to actually live in the present moment, then this book is for youI have becomemidnful 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. 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 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 entire world in our own mind and body Oh so this is how I meditate I just direct my energies inward and realize I contain the entire world The book is jam packed with circular sentences like these, and very few nuggets of practical advice I imagine it s because the practical advice that is there would be a much smaller book, and Jon Kabat Zinn has bills to pay 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 oftenasleep 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 he 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 oftenasleep 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 mind also holds the deep innate capacity to help us awaken to our moments and use them to advantage for ourselves, for others, and for the world we inhabit Just as a garden requires attending to if we hope to cultivate flowers and not have it be overrun with weeds, mindfulness also requires regular cultivating We call the cultivating of our own mind to bring it to wakefulness meditation The beauty of it is that we carry this garden with us, wherever we go, wherever we are, whenever we remember It is outside of time as well as in it.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 I would like to reclaim my moments, to be become fully alive to time and the world Most of the time I feel lost in a fog, blundering around and crashing into the furniture overturning tables and lamps shattering to the floor The book promises me a road map to a quiet, well lighted existence.The author presents small, short blocks of instructions, or explanations, or illustrations all with the purpose of unfolding the the mystery of mindfulness Exquisitely written, simplistic but hauntingly beautiful 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 comePeop 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 comePeople who don t understand meditation think that it is some kind of special inner manipulation which will magically shut off these waves to that the mind s surface will be flat, peaceful, and tranquil But just as you can t put a glass plate on the water to calm the waves, so you can t artificially suppress the waves of your mind, and it is not too smart to try It will only createtension and inner struggle, not calmness That doesn t mean that calmness is unattainable it s just that it cannot be attained by misguided attempts to suppress the mind s natural activity Jon Kabat Zinn also provides tangible steps to improve one s mindfulness, including practicing voluntary simplicity, doing non doing, focusing on one s breath, appreciating each moment, andWhile these actions might seem a little far fetched or impractical, Kabat Zinn writes about them in thoughtful and intelligent ways He gives practical applications alongside histheoretical passages, and he also zones in on alternative ways to meditate based on one s specific life circumstances All of his ideas contribute to the thorough and well honed quality of Wherever You Go, There You Are overall Recommended to those who feel any curiosity about mindfulness or who want to learn how to practice living in the moment I know I will need time to adapt Kabat Zinn s perspective into my own life, but I do feel excited to try I will end this review with a final quote I found meaningfulIt turns out that we don t have to succumb to the addictive appeals of external absorptions in entertainment and passionate distraction We can develop other habits that bring us back to that elemental yearning inside ourselves for warmth, stillness, and inner peace When we sit with our breathing, for instance, it is much like sitting by fire Looking deeply into the breath, we can see at least as much as in glowing coals and embers and flames, reflections of our own mind dancing A certain warmth is generated, too And if we are truly not trying to get anywhere but simply allow ourselves to be here in this moment as it is, we can stumble easily upon an ancient stillness behind and within the play of our thoughts and feelings that in a simpler time, people found in sitting by the fire 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 ha 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 range of prejudices associated with this sort of practice not least based on the sorts of people I have met in the past who are practitioners I also find that talk of mindfulness and other such notions atonement with the fundamental oneness of the universe for example tend to immediately put me off Just as talk of body postures and energy fields seem hard to take seriously.But what I really struggle with is the implied well, and explicit spiritualism of such ideas My reaction to this sort of thing is, admittedly, over wrought, but I really have to accept that as a core part of what it is to be McCandless.I think I have decided that I would rather learn concentration by concentrating on something I can also enjoy music, literature, books and relaxation from walking, rather than concentrating on my breath.I didn t finish this book which I thought I would, and there wasn t much left to go I blame the organ and the tinkling piano 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 s 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 profound that he doesn t feel the need to add to it, explain it, connect it to anything It kind of fits into his whole persona, and it doesn t render the text difficult, just kind of jagged.To follow his patterns, here are my own dangling quotations We are thinking virtually all the time The incessant steam of thoughts flowing through our minds leaves us very little respite for inner quiet And we leave precious little room for ourselves anyway just to be, without having to run around doing things all the time It helps to have a focus for your attention, an anchor line to tether you to the present moment and to guide you back when the mind wanders Bringing awareness to our breathing, we remind ourselves that we are here now, so we might as well be fully awake for whatever is already happening All that is important is this one moment in movement Make the moment vital and worth living Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused Martha Graham, not Jon Kabat Zinn The practice itself has to become the daily embodiment of your vision and contain what you value most deeply It doesn t mean trying to change or be different from how you are, calm when you re not feeling calm, or kind when you really feel angry Rather, it is bearing in mind what is most important to you so that it is not lost or betrayed in the heat and reactivity of a particular moment asking Is there anything else you would like to tell me 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 imagine 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 of activity may be churning beneath the earth or the water, but on the surface, nature remains beautiful and serene So, too, can we imagine our daily lives In lake meditation we sit with the intention to hold in awareness and acceptance all the qualities of mind and body, just as the lake sits held, cradled, contained by the earth, reflecting sun which bring out and highlight its sparkles, its vitality, its essence 143 43 Onequote from Zinn which I particularly like If you stop trying to make yourselfthan you are, out of fear that you are less than you are, whoever you really are will be a lot lighter and happier and easier to live with, too 239You can stop taking yoruself so damn seriously and get out from under the pressures of having the details of your personal life be central to the operating of the universe 240 Okay, I have to add oneabout what he says about giving, because this is so cool At the deepest level there is no giver, no gift and no recipientonly the universe rearranging itself 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


About the Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn

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 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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