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Wherever You Go There You Are | [Jon Kabat-Zinn]

Wherever You Go There You Are

Warmth, humor, anecdotes, and poems make up this inspirational guide to a revolutionary new way of being, seeing, and living. Dr. Kabat Zinn has taught this two thousand year old Buddhist method of relaxation to thousands. Let this be your guide to mindfulness meditation in everyday life.
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Warmth, humor, anecdotes, and poems make up this inspirational guide to a revolutionary new way of being, seeing, and living. Exploring principles and practices of mindfulness, Dr. Kabat Zinn has taught this two thousand year old Buddhist method of relaxation to thousands. Learn how to capture the present, to live fully in the moment and reduce anxiety, achieve inner peace, and enrich the quality of life. Let this be your guide to mindfulness meditation in everyday life.

©1994 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.; (P)1994 Audio Renaissance Tapes, A Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.

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    bennerposies 01-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great primer"

    I'm from a small town in the Midwest USA. Mentions of things like meditation, Buddha, yoga etc were always associated with laziness, misguided idealism, and drugged hippies. This was extremely unfortunate for me since these practices have been proven beneficial for thousands of years and I've only recently allowed myself to tap into this mindful way of living. The good news is that Kabat-zinn speaks our language. Straight forward and non "new agey", he brings the fundamentals of mindful life into a perspective that's easily understood and accepted by folks like me who were raised on hard work, cynicism, and skepticism. This book is a perfect Intro to mindfulness and what it means to wake up to life. I'm confident my grandparents had a great handle on mindfulness without using the same vocabulary. This book bridges the gap between East and West.

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    Paul 01-01-15
    Paul 01-01-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Listen to this book!"

    I believe this book can be life changing! If everyone practiced mindfulness, our world would be a far better place. The simple act of listening to Dr. Kabat-Zinn is relaxing. Highly recommended!

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    cristina Montreal, QC, Canada 03-04-13
    cristina Montreal, QC, Canada 03-04-13

    Can't live without audio books! My eyes thank the inventor:-))

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    "Walking Meditation Rules!"
    What did you love best about Wherever You Go There You Are?

    the little background music is very relaxing & the meditation descriptions


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    mindfulness is letting go and living the moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I'e started working on being mindful with my household chores. It's tougher than I thought!

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    Gary Berlin, Germany 12-24-12
    Gary Berlin, Germany 12-24-12
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    "5 stars without the offensive music"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No because the terrible, frequent musical "interludes" distract from & ruin the narration.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jon Kabat-Zinn again?

    Yes but only if I knew in advance that his other audiobooks were not similarly affected.


    What didn’t you like about Jon Kabat-Zinn’s performance?

    He is a fine narrator but badly let down by this production.


    Do you think Wherever You Go There You Are needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it stands up on its own.


    Any additional comments?

    It might seem churlish to focus so much on the bad music given Kabat-Zinn's otherwise profound teachings on mindfulness but the music really did completely ruin this audiobook for me. It's the worst sort of cheap, synthy, badly recorded, "mystical" rubbish that mars so many works on meditation and the like. It comes at the beginning and end of every section of the book; is overlaid on top of the narration for minutes at a time, altogether taking up at least a quarter of the running time; and is completely at odds with the voice of Kabat-Zinn and the character of his work, at least for me. In the end, I gave up listening to the last hour of it. Kabat-Zinn's work on mindfulness is the most lucid and illuminating I've yet come across but unless you're very good at filtering out background noise, I unfortunately have to recommend avoiding this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 12-19-12
    Tim 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great start in meditation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wherever You Go There You Are to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. I think the audio gets you more relax to meditate


    Any additional comments?

    It's a very easy listen. I would recommend it if you are looking into meditation.

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    sigrun Stavanger, Norway 07-24-12
    sigrun Stavanger, Norway 07-24-12 Member Since 2012

    reader & writer

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    "Finding peace"

    What I like the most about the work of Kabat-Zinn is the lack of mysticism, and the down-to-earth practical guidance he gives us throughout his writing.
    I use this book as a reminder and source in my own everyday mindfulness praxis, it is informative and full of well tempered humor.

    The only negative side to this production is that there are to few chapters in the audible version of the text.

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    Jewell Chuckey, TN, United States 05-14-12
    Jewell Chuckey, TN, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2013

    I love to listen to to everything from self-help books to Clive Cussler.

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    "Monotone"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had a very hard time getting interested in the book because the narrator/author was monotone. He needs to stick to writing and let someone else do the talking.


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    Samaresh Alpharetta, GA, United States 04-16-12
    Samaresh Alpharetta, GA, United States 04-16-12

    icare

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    "Timeless treasure"
    If you could sum up Wherever You Go There You Are in three words, what would they be?

    Sums up mindfulness and meditation in a simple and factual manner. Very effective text.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mediation with mountains and lakes metaphors.


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    Angela Hillman, Australia 12-12-11
    Angela Hillman, Australia 12-12-11

    Solo Mum

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    "Foundational and Expansive"

    For those new to exploring mindfulness and meditation this audio delivers an excellent foundation that can be with you as you begin your journey. For everyone no matter your experience, the audio is a wonderful partner to your practice and expands understanding. A warm, guiding, joyful and practical audio book to listen to many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Hong Kong, Hong Kong 09-21-11
    Bruce Hong Kong, Hong Kong 09-21-11

    I do not live in HOng Kong

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    "horrrendous"

    the Audible version of this book is blighted by the horrendously loud new age music that accompanies Jon's narration. i am a big fan of his work but this is unlistenable. it's so loud in parts that you cannot hear what he is saying, and is completely distracting from something that is largely about being focussed. it's a bizarre concept and an absolute disaster. i'm going to get my money back and buy the kindle version instead.

    i have rated the "story" as 1 because i cannot hear it

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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