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Product Details

  • Series: Guided Mindfulness Meditation (Book 1)
  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591793599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591793595
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine. His clinic was featured in 1993 in the public television series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full-Catastrophe Living: Using Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness.

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This set is an excellent introduction to meditation. The four meditations can be practiced at any level of intensity the listener chooses. Zinn encourages the listener to be flexible to make the meditations restful and relaxing. He has a gentle, quiet style, guiding the listener through each meditation to focus attention and increase mindfulness. He provides clear directions and offers suggestions throughout each aspect of the program. His encouragement and observations will be particularly useful for beginners, and this set of four provides a core of meditations that can be used in various orders and intensities. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Customer Reviews

This is Jon Kabat-Zin's best meditation CD.
Michael T. Carey
I bought the tapes that were offered in the back of the book, and have been so glad I did.
This was a great way to kick start a much needed change.

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935 of 943 people found the following review helpful By Gabe Bona on April 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have purchased this CD set despite some of the really bad reviews it got from some users. I have just started using it, and I list some of the good and some of the not so good impressions about it:

- The sessions are adequately long. 45 minutes is really required to achieve optimal state of relaxation and mindfulness. Many of the other meditation CDs I found way too short (eg. 10-15 minutes a session)
- Kabat-Zinn is a renowned researcher in his field, he really knows what he's talking about. You can indeed reach deep levels of relaxation with his CDs.
- The set mixes Midfulness Meditation with Mindfulness Yoga. This is great, because it makes the practice more interesting.

Not so good:
- I really like meditating with some ambient music in the background, to block out disturbing noises. This meditation CD set is recorded with narration only - there's no music. I have however resolved this easily by digitalizing the CDs and mixing them with David Miles Huber's excellent meditation music. This resulted in MP3s that are truly excellent to listen to on my MP3 player.

My advice is that you buy the companion book, "Full Catastrophe Living" from Kabat-Zinn. Read the book first, and then start practicing with the CDs. It is very important to understand how Kabat-Zinn recommends you approach meditation, and without reading the book you will not be able to take full advantage of the CD.

Finally, although some said that Jon Kabat-Zinn's voice is annoying, I did not find it so. It comes down to individual tastes I guess. Rather than concentrating on the quality of the voice, just listen to the message it carries. After all, meditation - among other things - is about being non-judgmental, right?
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313 of 322 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on January 28, 2007
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It well known that Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the biggest names in meditation instruction and has done much to give the field academic credibility and validation. His work is valuable and this CD is no exception. However, it seems to be overly ambitious and incomplete without other information to augment it. At the least, you need his book FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING to go along with it.

For context, I am a former research scientist and taught physiology in a university and was a biochemist for Merck. I have a good background in yoga, meditation and have done graduate work in Integral Psychology which studies psychology within the context of the world's wisdom traditions. I also teach meditation as part of my living including using biofeedback and other western aids to learning these concepts. This context will help you to judge the merit of my interview and the point of view I'm writing it for.

One thing I like about this CD is that in a sense it is one stop shopping. In one package, you get a Body Scan Meditation, A thorough Mindfulness Meditation methodology and some basic yoga instruction. This is a lot to get in one package and usually you don't get a Body Scan Meditation along with a Mindfulness practice in the same set. All of these meditations and the yoga instruction is useful, but while technically accurate Jon Kabat-Zinn doesn't have the most soothing voice, there was little though to music of any aesthetic dimension which helps one to enter various mind states and there is a bit of a clinical feel the whole series.

With respect to the yoga instruction, I think this information is useful for someone who has studied at least a little bit with a teacher or who has attended classes.
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140 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn VINE VOICE on December 5, 2005
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These guided meditations, relaxations and yoga routines were designed for use in Kabat-Zinn's stress-reduction clinic, and "go along with" his book Full Catastrophe Living. It contains four programs: a guided body scan relaxation (great), a guided sitting meditation (at over 35 minutes, this might be a bit long for beginners), and two gentle guided yoga routines.

My only gripe is that the programs are pretty long (especially the sitting meditation), and they might not appeal to beginners. But the programs are excellent. Do understand that this is not only meditation, as the title suggests; it is also relaxation, and the 45-minute full body scan is probably worth the price of the set.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By robd on September 8, 2006
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I'm sad to see a reviewer be so judgmental about this audio - especially one who claims to respect the teachings of the Buddha. These guided meditations are accessible for anyone, without the baggage of what some might call a religion - Buddhism. (For me, it's a philosophy more than a religion, and I have learned more about Buddha and his teachings because of these audios.) As cassette tapes, these audios were my introduction to the practice, and they resonated for me then, and still do after 13 years.

It should be noted that these are not 'essays' as found on "Wherever you Go." They are not meant to be listened to and thought about - they are meant to help guide and teach you the practice of mindfulness meditation. It should also be noted that these are not 'relaxation' tapes, or just a 'technique' to reduce stress. They introduce and instruct a practice that can lead you to a new perspective on life. When I read "Full Catastrophe Living," I learned what mindfulness meditation was, and wanted to try it. I bought the tapes that were offered in the back of the book, and have been so glad I did.

I would encourage people to read Kabat-Zinn's writings about mindfulness to help understand what the practice is about - then get these audio guides to try the practice itself. You might also explore the writings of Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, who does a wonderful job discussing the process and point of mindfulness in everyday life. You may, or may not, become interested in learning more about the incredible contributions given to this world by the Buddha and his followers (I did, but you don't have to.) Either way, beginning a practice of mindfulness may change your life as it did mine. What began as a way to help me deal with the stress in my life turned into a new way of looking at life and a new way to live.
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