Key Points from Book: Wherever You Go, There You Are

To allow ourselves to be truly in touch with where we already are, no matter where that is, we have got to pause in our experience long enough to let the present moment sink in

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgementally

Try stopping, sitting down, and becoming aware of your breathing once in a while throughout the day

In meditation pracrice, the best way to get somewhere is to let go og trying to get anywhere at all

Using the breath to bring us back to the present moment takes no time at all, only a shift in attention

If we are to grasp the reality of our life while we have it, We will need to wake up to our moments. Otherwise, whole days, even a whole life, could slip unnoticed

When people say they can’t meditate, what they really mean is that they won’t make time for it, or that when they try, they don’t like what happens

We practice to grasp and realize the fact that things already are perfect, perfectly what they are

If you really aren’t trying to get anywhere else in this moment, patience takes care of itself

Letting go is an invitation to cease clinging to anything- whether it be an idea, a thing, an event, a particular time, or view, or desire.

Practice feeling deserving enough to accept these gifts without obligation, to simply receive from yourself, and from the universe

Practice sharing the fullness of your being, your best self, your enthusiasm, vitality, spirit, trust, openness, your presence

At the deepest level, there is no giver, no gift, and no recipient, only the universe rearranging itself

You don’t get to control it all. But choosing simplicity whenever possible adds to life an element of deepest freedom which so easily eludes us, and many opportunities to discover that less may actually be more

All events, whether we see them on the surface as good or bad, are fundamentally in harmony with the tao (path). It is our job to learn to perceive this underlying harmony, and to live and make decisions in accord with it

It is useful af times to admit to uourself that you don’t know your way and to be open to help from unexpected places

When we can be centered in ourselves, even for brief periods of time in the face of the pull of outer world. Not having to look elsewhere for something to fill us up or kake us happy, we can be at home wherever we find ourselves, at peace with things as they are, moment by moment

The posture itself is the meditation. If we slump, it reflects low energy, passivity, a lack of certainty. If we sit ramrod straight, we are tense, making too much of an effort, trying too hard

Sitting meditation, the hands are on the knees, palms down or up

The sincerity of your effort matters far more than elapsed time, since we are really talking about stepping out of minutes and hours into moments, which ade truly dimensionless and therefore infinite

The intention is to remain open to not knowing, perhaps allowing yourself to come to the point of admitting, I don’t know, and then experimenting with relaxing a bit into this not knowing instrpead of condemning yourself for it

The walking is just as good as the sitting. What is important is how you keep your mind

Feel the sensation of walking, in your feet, legs, carriage and gait, as always, moment by moment

You don’t have to do lying down meditatiom as supystemstically as in the body scan. You can focus on certain region of your body at will, or as they become dominant in the field of your awareness, perhaps due to pain or problem at particular region

Get your body down on the floor at least once a day

Waking early has added value of giving you a very real head start on the day. If you can begin your day with a firm founcation in mindfulness and inner peacefulness, then when you do have to get going and start doing, it is much mire likely that the doing will flow out of your being.

Sooner or later, the things that you don’t want to deal with and try to escape from, or paper over and pretend aren’t there, catch up with you- especially if they have to do with old patterns and fears

Too often, our lives cease working because we cease woeking at life, because we are unwillimg to take responsibility for things as they are, and to work with our difficulties

It is easier to find fault, to blame, to believe that what is needed is a change on the outside, an escape from the forces that are holding you back, preventing you from growing, finding happiness

The challenge of mindfulness is to work with the circumstances that you find yourself in, no matter how unpleasant, how discouraging, how limited, how unending and stuck they may appear to be, and to make sure that you have done everything in your power to use their energies to transform yourself before you decide to cut your losses and move on

Ask yourself, “what’s on this planet that needs doing that I kniw something about, that probably won’t happen unless I take responsibilities for it?

Everything is related to everything else, and is contained by everything else

The present moment is never a new beginning because we keep it from being one


About Journeyman

A global macro analyst with over four years experience in the financial market, the author began his career as an equity analyst before transitioning to macro research focusing on Emerging Markets at a well-known independent research firm. He read voraciously, spending most of his free time following The Economist magazine and reading topics on finance and self-improvement. When off duty, he works part-time for Getty Images, taking pictures from all over the globe. To date, he has over 1200 pictures over 35 countries being sold through the company.
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