The time-honored national bestseller, updated with a new afterword, celebrating 10 years of influencing the way we live. When Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives. In honor of the book's 10th anniversary, Hyperion is proud to be releasing the book with a new afterword by the author, and to share this wonderful book with an even larger audience.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as Professor of Medicine emeritus. He leads workshops on stress reduction and mindfulness for doctors and other health professionals and for lay audiences worldwide.
He is the bestselling author of Full Catastrophe Living, and, with his wife Myla Kabat-Zinn, Everyday Blessings, a book on mindful parenting. With Dr. Andrew Weil he created the CD program Meditation for Optimum Health. He was featured in the PBS series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers, as well as on Oprah. He lives in Massachusetts.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is familiar to many from his appearance on the Bill Moyers 1993 PBS series "Healing and the Mind." As founder and Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at Massachusetts Medical Center, Kabat-Zinn teaches hundreds of people to reduce their stress and chronic pain through mindfulness meditation. In this book he teaches the technique to a general audience.
Mindfulness meditation consists simply of being aware of the present moment. The title, Wherever You Go There You Are, emphasizes this in a lightly humorous way. The book is very easy to read, with short chapters some as short as a single paragraph. Each chapter presents a single idea related to mindfulness. The book can be used as a guide to beginning the practice of mindfulness meditation, or it can be used as a book of daily meditations.
The author's writing style is straightforward and accessible. His simple sentences can often express profound ideas in ways that make the reader stop and think. The Buddhist origins of mindfulness meditation are evident at times, but Kabat-Zinn presents these ideas in ways that are understandable to a western audience. He draws from both East and West to present a thoughtful and practical approach to help those who are suffering from the stress of modern life.