Wherever You Go, There You Are

Are you as happy as me with the coming of Fall? Even with the crazy holidays peeking around the corner, I am loving my pumpkins, my mums and a cute handmade wooden witch that stands proudly in my front yard (made with love by my hubby).

And for whatever reason, all this seasonal change made me think to share with you one of my all-time fav books that, for over 15 years now, you will find in a prime spot on my bookshelf.

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 5.08.34 PMThe book is called “Wherever You Go, There Your Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life“. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author, and he provides one of the most accessible and mind-opening explorations of living fully in the moment without judgment. It totally changed the way I practice mindfulness and renewed my view on life.

To Kabat-Zinn, meditation is important because it brings about a state of “mindfulness.” Mindfulness is all about “being” rather than “doing”. You pay attention to the moment rather than the past, the future, or the many distractions of our crazy, busy lives. Often this is easier said then done.

I’ve found that when you are first starting out the idea of ‘mindfulness’ sounds pretty unattainable. It sounds like something spiritual that only the most devote monks can achieve. Or some people give it a try and quickly get frustrated with how their mind wanders and give up.

What I love about this book is that it provides wonderful descriptions of different meditative practices and what they can do for the practitioner, and it also gives you the tools to actually do mindfulness. It makes learning meditation remarkably easy and appealing, and ‘demystifies” it so that it is totally applicable to our real every-day lives.

What’s your favorite book on mindfulness or meditation? I would love to read some more great books, so please share with me or better yet, go comment below so everyone can benefit from your suggestions!

And remember, I’m here if you have any questions or simple want to let me know how you’re doing. I love hearing from you.

With love + gratitude,

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