|4 x CD's
After almost ten years in the form of audiotapes, these Series 2 guided meditations are now also available as CDs. The content of the CD program is identical to that on the tapes. The CDs are packaged in a protective folder that includes a page of instructions on "How to Use Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice CDs" and a note of explanation about the program from Dr. Kabat-Zinn.
Series 2 is a set of four CDs (also available in cassette tapes) of different lengths, designed for people who want a range of shorter guided meditations to help them develop and/or expand and deepen a personal meditation practice based on mindfulness. It gives you programs of varying lengths to use on different days, depending on how much time you can make for formal practice. They are a way for you to make maximum use of the time you do have to develop a strong and enduring daily practice.
Series 2 also includes one CD (#3) with a guided "mountain" and a guided "lake" meditation. These images are used in the service of strengthening one's understanding of mindfulness practice. They speak to deep aspects of the psyche and support the cultivation of silence, stillness, resolve, and wakefulness.
The last CD (#4) is silence with bells at various times. These audiotapes were developed to accompany Dr. Kabat-Zinn's book, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. This book encapsulates both the spirit and the details of formal and informal mindfulness practices in an easy-to-read format that suggests some of the infinite ways we might bring mindfulness into our everyday lives.
Sitting Meditations: 10 minutes / 20 minutes / 30 minutes
Lying Down Meditations: 10 minutes / 20 minutes / 30 minutes
Mountain Meditation: 20 minutes / Lake Meditation: 20 minutes
Silence with Bells: at 5, 10, 20, and 30 minutes. Helps in practicing on your own without guidance, yet keeping track of the time without looking at a clock. Silence, with bells at random times up to 30 minutes. Helps in developing calmness and equanimity (non-reactivity), as the bells ring at irregular intervals, sometimes loudly.
About the author:
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., 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 major research pursuits lie in the emerging field of mind / body medicine, with the focus on the clinical, social, and human performance effects of mindfulness meditation training in various populations. These include people with chronic pain, stress related disorders, and / or a wide range of chronic diseases with a particular focus on breast cancer; multi-ethnic and multi-racial inner city communities experiencing high psychosocial stress due to poverty and associated social conditions; and inmates and corrections personnel in the prison system. Other areas of research are directed at the effects of regulated attention on healing processes; stress in medical education; cost-effectiveness of mind / body interventions; stress related to work and organizational re-engineering; the tao of work; mindfulness in the physician-patient relationship; the development of psychological resilience to stress; mindfulness-based stress reduction curricula and their implementation in the primary and secondary education; achieving optimal performance in athletes through mindfulness meditation training.