Wherever You Go, There You Are

I am often asked to recommend books on mindfulness and generally recommend the seminal and extremely accessible book Mindfulness:  Finding Peace In A Frantic World by Professor Mark Williams and Danny Penman as a first port of call for people.

However, if you really want to get to the essence of mindfulness then it really is worth reading a book written by the father of secular mindfulness Jon Kabat-ZinnFull Catastrophe Living is his bestseller and is essential reading for teachers of mindfulness.  However, it is a fairly weighty tome so if you wish to read something of his but are pushed for time then I highly recommend the book Wherever You Go, There You Are.  

Picture of the Jon Kabat-Zinn mindfulness book Wherever You Go, There You Are

Here are some of the ‘big ideas’ he covers and some small exerts to give you an idea of what to expect from the book.

On meditation he writes:

“In most domains of learning…of course you have to see progress sooner or later to keep at something.  But meditation is different.  From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment.”

“People often confuse meditation with relaxation….when once or twice you try [meditating] and don’t get anywhere or you didn’t feel anything special, then you think you are one of the people who can’t do it.  But meditating is not about feeling a certain way.  It’s about feeling the way you feel.”

“True meditation does require energy and a commitment to stick with it…To make it part of your life requires some discipline.”

“Meditation does not involve trying to change your thinking by thinking some more.  It involves watching thoughts itself.”

On the breath he states:

“As you begin befriending your breath, you see immediately that unawareness is everywhere. ”

On mindfulness he comments:

” You don’t have to go out of your way or find someplace special to practice mindfulness.  It is sufficient to make a little time in your life for stillness and what we call non-doing.”

“We see that the mind has gotten cluttered over the years, like an attic, with old bags of accumulated junk.  Just knowing this is a big step in the right direction.”

On patience he remarks:

“Scratch the surface of impatience and what you will find lying beneath it, subtly or not so subtly, is anger.”

It really is an excellent book which presents mindfulness in a beautifully simple (and non-faddish!) way.  I recommend anyone interested in mindfulness reads it.

handwritten Hayley




  1. February 26, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    I’ve never read anything like this before but this sounds really interesting. #FamilyFun

  2. March 2, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Ooh, I love the sound of this book. Adding it to my wish list now.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

  3. March 10, 2018 / 7:34 am

    This sounds reallt interesting. Thanks for sharing and hosting #thesatsesh

  4. March 10, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I struggle so hard to switch off enough to meditate effectively so might check this out.


    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 10, 2018 / 4:42 pm

      Mindfulness meditation will be good for you then – it accepts that our mind will wander and it is about observing this wandering mind NOT about trying to make it switch off! If you have any questions please don’t hestiate to contact me xx

      • March 11, 2018 / 11:31 pm

        I will do! My stress levels and anxiety arent great at the moment so need to try harder at self-care.

  5. March 10, 2018 / 8:49 am

    That sounds like a great read. Loving the snippets. I’m all about reading autism at the moment. #thesatsesh

  6. March 10, 2018 / 9:41 am

    I really need to purchase a book like this 🙂 #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 10, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      🙂 – do it! xx

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 10, 2018 / 4:36 pm

      I know exactly what you mean! xx

  7. March 10, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    Sounds like an interesting book. I’ve never read anything like it, perhaps now’s the time to try. #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 10, 2018 / 4:36 pm

      Yes do! It’s his most accesible book IMO xx

  8. March 10, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    I agree, it’s a great book and an excellent place to start to learn about mindfulness. #thesatsesh

  9. thesingleswan
    March 10, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    I think I need to read a lot more and get into mindfulness. I never really knew where to start. This is a great suggestion. thanks Pen x #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 12, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      No worries – good luck! xx

  10. March 11, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation. I really need to gain a better understanding of mindfulness and I am looking for some literature to do this. Thank you for hosting #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 12, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      No problem at all Catie – this really is an excellent read.

  11. March 14, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    #thesatsesh love a book review, this makes sense and I found it a little more profound and less repetitive than some of the other mindful reads.

  12. March 21, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    This sounds like a worthy read, indeed #thesatsesh xoxo

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