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Guided Mindfulness Meditation: A Complete Guided Mindfulness Meditation Program from Jon Kabat-Zinn Audio CD – Audiobook, September 1, 2005
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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: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life and Full-Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness.
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
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My sister is a clinical psychologist and told me that this Mindfulness CD from the Univ. of Mass. Stress Clinic is excellent for those who need to de-stress, to be much healthier, to be more flexible emotionally and physically, to be stronger, to learn to calm oneself, to breathe to relax and much more. It is the best thing I have EVER done for myself. I do it 6 days a week (at home) now. I went through the whole suggested program. My fav is CD 2 which is 40 mins of yoga. Therapeutic yoga. And I also do the breathing exercises. The body scan is really good, too! I had become allergic to all blood pressure meds this past year, so I needed a way to be able to tone things down so my bp would not rise. This has really helped. Be sure to get a "thick" mat even if you are doing the yoga on a rug. I have half inch mat which I got from Amazon, too. I also have the accompanying book on catastrophic living... it goes with the Cds... If you do this, you will be doing yourself a wonderful favor. I am no spring chicken... if I can do it and benefit from it the way I have, so can you. All the best to you!
I've tried meditating in the past, but Jon Kabat-Zinn explains it in such a positive, approachable, non-threatening manner that I finally feel as if I CAN meditate, WANT TO meditate, and WILL meditate as a life-long stress management tool. This is not an easy process, but it is attainable.
Bottom line: I definitely feel the difference in my mind and body after I do one of the sessions on these CDs. I am less tense, my mind feels less "noisy", and I sleep better. If you suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, or physical problems - give this a try. If you believe in it and work the program, it really can help.
(And consider getting the book "Full Catastrophe Living", too. By the way, I was drawn to this book after watching a YouTube video of Jon Kabat-Zinn speaking to and leading a meditation session with a group of Google employees: Search for "Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn in YouTube to watch it.
Honestly, it's hard to explain. Getting into the Mindfulness mindset was just extremely difficult, and though I know that not having any direct and deliberate added distraction sources such as ambient music is important, for someone like me or others that can't control being able to "turn you mind off" the format of CD1 might actually be counter-productive. Not having a base, controlled place to focus makes any and every external sound influence impossibly distracting and can ruin several minutes of progress or combine into killing a session all together. Autistic listeners may also have issues with the length, which is very difficult to push through and one's mind can wander back to the things you're trying to avoid after going too far. For these persons and those with the sort of mind that is continually processing information or speaking with itself on multiple levels this probably won't be a terribly helpful program.
Moreover, if the Mindfulness is the specific goal as part of a mental health or social rehab regiment, having CDs 2 and 3 feels kind of meaningless and you may want to look into something with more focus and more specific options.
In a month of efforts I often felt like I had been deliberately punishing myself by going through the entire session. How it's presented is clearly more for the 'average listener' and not for persons specifically targeting mental conditions. On the other hand, I know family and others that have used it (after I gave it to them) and they've given it decent marks, which is why I'm rating a 3/5 anyway. I personally consider anything lower to imply that it has no productive purpose to anyone, and this certainly will be helpful for a lot of people... just not those like me.
I would suggest that anyone who orders the CD's also get Jon Kabat-Zinn's book, "Full Catastrophe Living." Without that, it may be a little difficult to understand the rationale behind the CD's and the exercises they contain.