By Jon Kabat-Zinn
The title of this book, Wherever You Go There You Are, speaks to the importance of the present moment. Kabat-Zinn reminds us that the present is all we really have. Buddhism warns us of becoming too involved in the past, the future or even in the actions of others. Kabat-Zinn offers the practice of mindful meditation as a way to understand the present self as it unfolds, moment by moment. He presents a mindfulness that is self-responsible and not self- absorbed.
The book is organized into three parts: Part One provides the background to introduce and deepen the practice of mindfulness in your life; Part Two examines formal meditation practice; and Part Three explores a variety of perspectives on mindfulness.
This is the 10th Anniversary Edition of Wherever You Go There You Are. I have read other books on meditation, and they sometimes seem a little austere, but Kabat-Zinn makes meditation accessible. He delivers a kindness that adults often find difficult to allow themselves, by giving us permission to stop the hectic pace of our modern lives and find a quiet place within.
Reviewed by Lisa Newman