Wherever You Go, There You Are

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are



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In his book, Wherever You Go, There You are, Jon Kabat-Zinn teaches the reader how to meditate, starting from the very basics. To begin with, he explains what meditation is: to reconnect with oneself and find an inner balance through a practice of self-awareness. He also explains several different ways to approach the practice of meditation, along with various techniques, such as visualising a mountain or a lake, and the best poses in which to meditate, as well as the mindset we need to help us in our daily lives (that of patience, generosity and non-judgement). Finally, Kabat-Zin explains the essence of meditation, which is acceptance of the present moment as it is. He tells us that an awareness of balance, karma and connection are very important to help improve our lives and our relationships. 

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Analysis and key concepts


To rediscover our inner balance, all we need to do is “rediscover” meditation


Meditation is simple, but not easy: its strength lies in regular practice


How to meditate correctly: focus on the breath and on “external” thoughts


Anyone who meditates can learn “not to react”


To meditate better, practice patience, non-judgement and letting things run their course


The attitude to help achieve balance: trust, generosity, vulnerability and simplicity


Concentration, vision and the journey are essential to meditation


Ideal meditation: sitting, for about 45 minutes, concentrating on our mudra and on our mood


Suggestions for meditation: imagine a mountain or a lake


Effective meditation can also be done while walking or laying down


Meditating in front of a fire or in the morning: the best conditions to get in touch with who you really are


The foundations of meditation are connection, karma and practicing nonviolence




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Many useful tips to:

  • Start meditating, without any particular skill or previous experience.
  • Understand how to practice self-awareness and which method to use.
  • Improve your inner balance and your relationships with others.

Jon Kabat-Zin is an American professor emeritus of medicine and a writer. He also founded The Stress Reduction Clinic, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He discovered the world of meditation while studying at MIT, and since then he has applied his own method to his research and teachings, which is centred around the positive impact that this discipline can have on improving personal relationships and relieving stress, anxiety and suffering. The first book he published in 1990, entitled Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness was also widely acclaimed.

Publishing house:

Hachette Books