Mindfulness for Beginners

Mindfulness for Beginners

Audiobook CD - 2006
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Presents five guided meditations grounded in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed to give the individual a means to accept things as they are and to work with stress, pain, illness, and sorrow.
Publisher: Boulder, CO : Sounds True, p2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781591794646
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (approx. 2 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 27, 2017

This set of CDs is a great introduction to mindfulness narrated by Jon-Kabat-Zinn who pioneered the use of it within a structured program for use in health services. The multidisciplinary approach used by the program which combines mindfulness and yoga has been replicated in many places. Kabat-Zinn's low key explanations are helpful and often soar with inspiration.

In the introduction to his paper book with the same title he describes the first CD as having grown out of a series of lectures that he had given that in his words, "...described the practice of mindfulness and explained why it might be valuable to engage in its cultivation to begin with." There are ten tracks totaling about an hour of recording. Please note that it is not a recorded version of the paper book with the same title. It is an excellent alternative for folks who might not have the time or inclination to sit down and read but who might have the time to listen while doing something like driving.

The second CD has 5 guided meditations, each ranging from 10 to 18 minutes long. His gentle, knowledgeable directions are terrific signposts leading into a daily practice. I think it would be helpful to beginners as well as to seasoned practitioners.

The paper book of the same title is a very helpful companion guide. It is written in very short chapters, most are two to three pages, that could be read before or after a meditation as a short reflection. The 166 page book can lead one much deeper into the practice and can serve as a steadying hand as the entrant navigates their way into finding a space for mindfulness in often demanding schedules.

I'd recommend it to anyone interested in mindfulness.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Sep 09, 2015

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a charming narrator, with a soothing voice & a gentle sense of humor. This audiobook is a graceful introduction to the purpose and philosophy of meditation, and includes two guided meditations. His book Full Catastrophe Living is a good follow-up to this audiobook.
(Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts)


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