According to my Goodreads page, I began reading this over a year ago. It is the type of book you read a little at a time, and maybe apply some of what your reading. I have the utmost respect for Jon Kabat-Zinn; I’ve referenced him about a million times, he’s pretty much the foremost American authority on Mindfulness. I fell in love with the first book of his I read, “Wherever You Go, There You Are”. That’ll always be one of my top recommended books for mindfulness and meditation.
With this book, I felt like Kabat-Zinn wanted to cover everything needed to change the world. One of my clients, in reading a different book of Kabat-Zinn’s, (Full Catastrophe Living) and felt it was too long. I felt similarly about this book, though I get it; he’s trying to lay down a plan for each individual to change him or herself, and the world. It’s over 600 pages, though most chapters are short. Still, it can be a little overwhelming, and there were times I just wanted to be done with it.
Kabat-Zinn can be a bit verbose, though his writing can be poetic at times. I also enjoyed the quotes from other writers that he builds upon. But at times, I felt, “okay, I get the point”. Yet the analogies kept going.
I don’t wish to be overly harsh, as I said, I have the utmost respect for his expertise. And, to be fair, this volume is full of knowledge, expertise, and suggestions to help one become more mindful. I just wish it had been more to the point.