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Wherever You Go, There You Are

The journey to achieve inner balance

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. 

Wherever You Go, There You Are
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To rediscover our inner balance, all we need to do is “rediscover” meditation

People often tend to lose contact with their own essence and the natural gifts available to them: to become fully aware of any given situation, you need to take a break to focus on the present and fully feel its power.

Too often we tend to believe that what we think about the world around us is the absolute truth, and consequently we rarely feel in harmony with ourselves or with others. But to wake up to this blinkered view, all we need to do is realise we have it, and become more mindful through meditation: meditating means to be present with oneself and to embark on a journey within. Hence the title of this book: “Wherever You Go, There You Are”: since this is the path that our lives follow.


The key ideas of "Wherever You Go, There You Are"

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
Take-home message

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