Mindfulnesscds.com was one of the earliest web commerce sites. It has been in continual operation since 1998. Before the mainstream development of the worldwide web, we were a mail-order business, begun in 1990. The official name of the business, including this website, is Stress Reduction Tapes. The business exists to make Dr. Kabat-Zinn's guided mindfulness meditation practices broadly available for those who have read his books, taken an MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) program or other mindfulness-based program (such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting, etc), or who are drawn to developing and/or deepening their own mindfulness meditation practice.
Originally, the only way that people could obtain the Series 1 meditations was from information on the back page of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's first book, Full Catastrophe Living, which describes the curriculum of the MBSR program. At that time, and for many years, these guided meditations were only available in the form of audio-casette tapes. Now all three Series are available on multiple platforms: CDs, MP3 digital downloads, and iPhone and Android apps (for the apps, go to mindfulnessapps.com). They are no longer available as audio-cassette tapes ---- that technology has gone the way of the horse and buggy, revolutionary as it was in its day. But the content and Dr. Kabat-Zinn's guidance on the CDs and on the other platforms is identical to that which was originally on the audio-cassette tapes. For this reason, the listener to Series 1 will hear Jon refer from time to time to "side one" or "side two" of a tape, since these are the original audio files of Series 1, the guided meditations which gave birth to MBSR. They give the listener a sense of the history of the mainstreaming of mindfulness into society, since at the time, in the late 1970's and early 1980s, audio guidance of meditations was itself a novel development. Over the past three-plus decades, mindfulness has become extremely popular in mainstream culture around the world. Even so, many people are unaware of the potential of mindfulness as a way of being and a way of living for catalyzing healing and transformation in one's life, especially if practiced regularly, preferably on a daily basis, both formally, using these guided meditations, and informally, in everyday life. That is what these three sets of guided meditations, in concert with Jon's books, can help you discover and develop within yourself.
In 1994, the Series 2 set was developed to go with Dr. Kabat-Zinn's book, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, and the Series 3 set with his 2005 book, Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness. Of course, any of the series can be used as the gateway into the systematic cultivation of mindfulness in your life, including mixing guided meditations from the different series, as you are so inclined. We see these practices as different doors into the same room. The most important thing is to enter the room, if you care to --- and not to stand in the doorway and admire it or be caught in ambivalence and not making the time and commitment to practice on a regular basis, whether you like it or not, whether you feel like it or not, as if your life depended on it. You can get a much better sense of the potential power of these formal mindfulness practices ---- particularly if you commit yourself to practicing them on a daily basis ---- if you use them in conjunction with the books listed in the Books by the Author section.