The World of Relaxation was conceived as a way to reach out to patients lying in bed in the hospital and inviting them to experiment inwardly, with Jon’s guidance, in bringing mindful awareness to their present-moment circumstances, utilizing the occasion of having to lie in bed for some time - whatever the viewer’s medical condition and prognosis - to do something for him or herself to promote healing of the mind and body, as a vital complement to whatever the health care system and one’s doctors are doing by way of medical treatments and rehabilitation. Over 100 hospitals have used this program over the years on their in-house television channels, and doctors often prescribe it to their patients, recommending that they practice with it several times a day. The program is meant to be “done” by the listener, rather than simply listened to. During most of the time, the listener is encouraged to have his or her eyes closed.
In the past 30 years, Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s eight-week outpatient mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program has spread from the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center to hospitals and clinics across the United States and around the world and occasioned an entire field of clinical medicine and basic and clinical research, much of which has already demonstrated the profoundly positive mental and physical health consequences of practicing mindfulness meditation both formally and informally in one’s daily life. The practices in The World of Relaxation are guided meditations similar to the formal practices in MBSR, particularly mindfulness of breathing, body sensations, thoughts and emotions, and the body scan.
The original harp music by Georgia Kelly was composed specifically for this program and is played by the composer. Harp music has been associated with healing since pre-biblical times. The music enhances the process of relaxation and establishes a flowing rhythmicity that entrains the listener’s attention and carries it through the various stages of the program. The notes of the harp have the quality of coming out of silence and disappearing back into silence, singly and in raining curtains of sounds, just as do our thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness, one’s capacity to inhabit the present moment with nonjudgmental awareness, deepens over the course of a single session and even more, through repeated practicing with this program over days, weeks, months, and years. The learning occasioned by practicing with this program on a regular basis can stand one in good stead from moment to moment and from day to day as one’s life continues to unfold.
I am so pleased to have this recording back in my collection--it is an old favorite of mine. The length of 55 minutes is the perfect amount of time for this basic body scan and guided relaxation/positivity boosting exercise. In the past it was used for patients in the hospital but it works really well at home too. Whether you have a chronic condition, a health crisis or are just exhausted it fits the bill perfectly. I listen at bedtime and though I rarely am awake at the end--I know it by heart--I just love the sense of encouragement I feel after listening.
The harp music-composed for this program--is a tiny bit loud in spots and the sound a tad rough in the beginning but don't let that make you miss this recording. It is great for beginners and more experienced meditators to boost your relaxation and sense of "I'm ok--I can deal with anything" attitude. Worth a listen.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
I am a long time fan of Jon Kabat -Zinn. Every item from him is a quality product. I especially like this CD because it is short and simple. A short introduction and an excellent mediation. Just right!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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What was most disappointing about Jon Kabat-Zinn’s story?
The speakers voice is muffled. Music is too loud in relation to the voice.
How could the performance have been better?
Different reader and better recording systems. This was not read, it was a speech. Music too loud. Microphone of the reader is not clear.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The concepts are good. It is not relaxing. It is should be reproduced in a different room.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
Jon Kabat-zinn is a real hero of mine so was looking forward to listening to this. There is very irritating harp music going on that detracts from the lovely words
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is absolutely fabulous. So easy to listen too. It took me a few night listening to get all the way through. I was so relaxed I fell asleep. The explanations by the author was so easy to understand. Would recommend this if you want an easy introduction to the world of relaxation and mindfulness.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I love Jon kabat Zin's books and meditations and the whole MBSR mindfulness based stress reduction approach he has brought to the western world.. he's a marvellous and inspiring man.
unfortunately this particular recording has gulping noises all the way through, and if my meditation practice was better I could probably incorporate the sound ..but I suffer from sore throats a lot, and it was just too much water in my bucket! don't let it put you off any more of his work, it's amazing and incredibly helpful.