Book Review: You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh

Review of You are here

Rating: ⭐ ⭐  


In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here   , present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.”

Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners, this book offers a range of simple, effective practices for cultivating mindfulness, including awareness of  breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech. You Are Here also offers guidance on healing emotional pain and manifesting real love and compassion in our relationships with others.

Simple, warm, direct, and startlingly potent, this book reveals the heart of the Buddhist path and helps us to reconnect with the joy and wonder of being alive, regardless of life’s changing circumstances.


You Are Here; when a paragraph turns into a book!

This book was off to a good start with some attention-grabbing insights, alas, it swiftly turned into a repetitive disarray. 

I hate giving up on books so reading this one till the end was an arduous challenge that I struggled to overcome.

With less repetition and a bit more substance, ”You Are Here” could have been a stimulating read.

In a nutshell, this book was not for me, mainly because I have read better books on mindfulness and being present that this one seemed a bit too simplistic-same old same old, and slightly disorganised for my liking. However, that does not mean it won’t be someone else’s cup of tea!

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