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Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn - An Exceptional Read for the Spiritually-Minded

May 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 179

When I saw the title of this book, my instant reaction was that his publisher wanted a title that would stand out on a crowded bookstore shelf or in a list of e-book titles. And it certainly did that. It attracted my attention enough to impel me to buy and download it. Then I saw that Jon Kabat-Zinn, its author, was also responsible for Full Catastrophe Living. I knew I was in for something out of the ordinary. And I was right on that score also.

This book is indeed out of the ordinary. The sub-title is Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. Which, I will readily admit, first struck me as an oxymoron. Mindfulness I understand. Same with meditation. But I can't readily put those two things together with "everyday life." So I started reading with some reservations as to whether I would make it through to the end.

Kabat-Zinn writes in small increments, breaking the book into three parts, each of the three containing a host of smaller parts, with attractive and engaging names.

He calls the first section The Bloom of the Present Moment and explains what mindfulness can mean in our present day lives. He wants us to be alive, aware, actually living each moment. He describes in detail what kinds of problems he thinks we create when we are in a state of, as he puts it, diminished awareness. And, he says, mindfulness is a simple way to take charge of the direction of our own lives.

In the second section, he gives lessons in formal meditation practice. Here in his own words, is how he describes "formal" practice.

"... specific periods of time in which we purposefully stop other activity and engage in particular methods of cultivating mindfulness and concentration."

Part two includes such styles of meditation as mountain and lake, as well as "walking, standing and lying down. Kabat-Zinn is a fine writer for this kind of subject. His descriptions of the various styles are almost musical; they are mellifluous, harmonic and engage the reader. And there are enough of them that most of us may find something worth trying out.

Part three begins with a wonderful statement by essayist and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder, in The Practice of the Wild, regarding the conflicts that life presents to all of us, yet reminds us that routine chores need not be distractions, unless we let them become so.

Kabat-Zinn suggests that we get away from our busyness at the end of the day. Shut out the racket that surrounds us much of the day and look inside ourselves for "... warmth, stillness, and inner peace." I read Wherever you go, There You Are more or less on the fly, grabbing chapters between other business. I tried to balance my reading with attempting the exercises from the book; I now clearly understand that what he suggests isn't natural for me. Or easy. But I see what it could do in my daily life, along with prayer and other spiritual activities. I am going to-as I often tell others-keep on keepin' on.

Wherever You Go, There You Are isn't an easy book to read, but I believe there is something worthwhile in it for just about everyone. Give it a try.

*Here is a link to a site about Gary Snyder:

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