About the Series
Even though these programs can be obtained elsewhere on the web, this website's major purpose is as the dedicated source for three series of guided mindfulness meditation practices, Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 developed and voiced by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Dr. Kabat-Zinn is internationally known as a meditation teacher, author, researcher, and clinician in the fields of mind/body medicine, integrative medicine, lifestyle change, and self-healing. He is the founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and an expert in stress reduction, relaxation, and the applications of mindfulness meditation in everyday living to optimize one's capacity to face stress, pain, and illness across the lifespan. MBSR programs are now offered in over 720 medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world.
These guided mindfulness meditation practice CDs --- also available as digital downloads --- are used by thousands of people who participated in Dr. Kabat-Zinn's MBSR classes in the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center when he was teaching there, or who have taken other MBSR programs, or who have read his books, as described on this website. It is not necessary to take an MBSR program to derive benefit from these programs, although it can be profoundly beneficial if you do have the opportunity to do so. However, these guided meditations are meant to be used by themselves, or in conjunction with Dr. Kabat-Zinn's books, Full Catastrophe Living 2nd edition, revised and updated, 2013 (Series 1), Wherever You Go, There You Are (Series 2), and Coming to Our Senses (Series 3).
If practiced on a regular basis, if possible daily, these programs are an extremely effective way to develop and deepen a personal mindfulness meditation practice without the ideological and cultural trappings that so often make it difficult for Westerners to drop into what is deepest and most beautiful, most liberating and most healing about meditation. Their use provides a very real opportunity to taste those universal aspects of stillness and well-being, clarity, wisdom, compassion, and self-compassion which Buddhists often refer to as dharma.
If you would like to print out two very basic one-page guides to starting or deepening your own practice of mindfulness meditation in addition to using these guided mindfulness CDs, click on the following links at Oprah.com.