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Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn (audiobook recommendation)

I’ve read and listened to a number of books and presentations by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He earned a Ph.D. from MIT  in molecular biology in 1971. He is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based meditation to the West. He founded Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction clinics in a number of hospital settings and collected a great deal of research supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation in addressing both emotional and physical afflictions.

Note that Mindfulness for Beginners is in audiobook format only and presented by Dr. Kabat-Zinn. It is a superb introduction to mindfulness in which he tells some of the historical foundations of mindfulness, how and why it is useful, and then proceeds to take listeners through a number of mindfulness-based meditations. So, approximately the last half of this audiobook should be listened to in a quiet setting as you go through some of the guided meditations.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn has a gentle, soothing voice, which makes this a relaxing, yet engaging listen. Also, he isn’t so much as reading from a book as giving you a one-on-one presentation about mindfulness. I know there’s a lot of information about mindfulness on the ApaCenter site and elsewhere and, if you find this interesting, Mindfulness for Beginners would be a great place to start.

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