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release date: Sep 01, 2005
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Guided Mindfulness Meditation: A Complete Guided Mindfulness Meditation Program from Jon Kabat-Zinn

Perhaps no other person has done more to bring mindfulness meditation into the contemporary landscape of America than Jon Kabat-Zinn. Through a number of research studies, and through Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he is founder of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic, mindfulness is finally being recognized as a highly effective tool for dealing with stress, chronic pain, and other illnesses.

Now with this four-part home training course, Jon Kabat-Zinn offers listeners the definitive mindfulness meditation practice on CD. We are not trying to actively achieve a state of deep relaxation—or any other state for that matter—while practicing mindfulness, he teaches. But interestingly, by opening to an awareness of how things actually are in the present moment, we often taste very deep states of relaxation and well-being of both body and mind.

Join the bestselling author of Coming to Our Senses (Hyperion, 2005) and Wherever You Go, There You Are (Hyperion 1995) to develop and deepen your personal mindfulness practice, and to taste the universal aspects of stillness, clarity, wisdom, compassion, and well-being that Guided Mindfulness Meditation offers.

Course objectives:

  • Utilize body and mind meditations in daily practice
  • Practice mindful yoga with clear, safe and simple instructions
  • Describe the basic state of being which is present awareness
  • Compare the results of unmoving, sitting meditation to a movement meditation such as mindful yoga

release date: Sep 20, 2016
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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity.
 
The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.

From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal. Now that they are both in their eighties, they especially want to spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.

Most of all, during that landmark week in Dharamsala, they demonstrated by their own exuberance, compassion, and humor how joy can be transformed from a fleeting emotion into an enduring way of life.


Narration Credits:
Douglas Carlton Abrams, read by the author
Dalai Lama, read by Francois Chau
Desmond Tutu, read by Peter Francis James
release date: Oct 31, 2003
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release date: Jul 10, 2007
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Don't Bite the Hook: Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment, and Other Destructive Emotions
Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children—and before we know it, we're upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Pema Chödrön. It is possible to relate constructively to the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of life so that we can find true happiness. The key, Pema explains, is not biting the "hook" of our habitual responses. In this recorded weekend retreat, Pema draws on Buddhist teachings from The Way of the Bodhisattva to reveal how we can:

   • stay centered in the midst of difficulty
   • improve stressful relationships
   • step out of the downward spiral of self-hatred
   • awaken compassion for ourselves and others

3 CDs, 3 hours
release date: Nov 19, 2008
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3 Audio CDs for Titon's Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples, Shorter Version, 3rd
3 CD set containing various music examples from the authors' fieldwork, as well as fieldwork of other ethnomusicologists and relevant commercial recordings.
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release date: Jul 07, 2009
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Think and Grow Rich (Original, Unabridged Edition 12 CD Set)
This is the unprecedented blue print for success. Anything your mind can conceive and believe- you can achieve. That is the timeless philosophy of Napoleon Hill, author of this all time motivational best seller, Think and Grow Rich. Napoleon Hills's classic teaching reveals a secret formula that has created more millionaires than any other book or success system combined. With these proven success principles, you will begin to think outside the box and make your dreams a reality. Hill's timeless masterpiece will open your mind up to new ideas and visions that will allow you to experience a lifestyle of complete success. This in-depth study of personal achievement will guide you to a life of peace and opulence. Narrated by the legendary R. Ossenbach, This CD set was digitally recorded using pro-tools technology. This is the ONLY true unabridged audio edition of this book available in the world. While other versions have used an abridged 280-page book- this twelve (12) CD set utilizes the original, unabridged 384 page text, thus capturing the entire essence of this all time motivational Classic. Listen to the sweet sound of success and let today be the first day that you THINK AND GROW RICH!
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release date: Jan 01, 2013
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Longing and Belonging: The Complete John O'Donohue Audio Collection
The Complete Audio Archive of a Beloved Philosopher of the Heart John O'Donohue was a one-of-a-kind force of nature: a genius with words, a brilliant thinker, and a professional excavator of the soul. In the course of his extraordinary life, this Irish poet and teacher touched the hearts of millions with his unique blend of philosophy, instruction, and spiritual insight. For over a decade, Sounds True had the privilege of working with John, and Longing and Belonging presents the full collection of his recordings for both long-time listeners and those discovering his legacy for the first time. Weaving Celtic Wisdom with Personal History In the oral tradition so beloved of the Celts, John shares his intuitive approach to spirituality in programs such as Anam _ara, which explores Ireland's divine heritage; Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, which helps us illuminate the beauty we long for; and A Celtic Pilgrimage, a tour through the sacred landscape he called home. It is an odyssey into our common yearning for the magnificence of nature, for compassion, serenity, and hope, and for the "soul friends" who walk with us along the way. "John always said that the great miracle of life was not the turning of water into wine nor the parting of the Red Sea, but the fact that there was something rather than nothing," says David Whyte in his introduction. John O'Donohue was a man who rejoiced in all people and all existence, and with commemorating, full-length introductions by close friends Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés and David Whyte, as well as a special blessing card, Longing and Belonging celebrates the numerous gifts John shared with so many in his lifetime.
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release date: Jan 01, 2005
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Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality

Have you ever had an itch and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to scratch, great peace and happiness is available.

On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chödrön introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality: a pre-emotional feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort often with harmful habits.

With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at both the itch and the scratch, which Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa. On this full-length recording, Pema Chödrön, bestselling author and beloved American Buddhist nun, shows us how to recognize shenpa, catch it as it appears, and develop a playful, lively curiosity toward it. Join Pema Chödrön to discover more about:

  • Critical mind—how to recognize this fundamental shenpa, and approach yourself and others with a sense of humor and loving-kindness
  • Ways to unravel the patterns of self-denigration, and develop the fundamental maitri—loving-kindness—toward yourself
  • How to cultivate acceptance of your irritability, insecurities, and other simply human traits
  • Recognition, Refrain, Relaxing, and Resolve: the four R's of working with shenpa, and more

An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger, teaches Pema Chödrön. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving in to them repeatedly. On Getting Unstuck, Chödrön guides us through this sticky feeling, exploring the moments when we get hooked, and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward ourselves and others, and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.

release date: Jul 01, 2006
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Mindfulness for Beginners

What if you could profoundly change your life just by becoming more mindful of your breathing? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, you can. What if paying attention on purpose (and nonjudgmentally) could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn—it can.

On Mindfulness for Beginners, this internationally known scientist, bestselling author, and teacher who brought mindfulness meditation into the mainstream of medicine and society gives you immediate access to a practice that can potentially add years to your life, and will certainly enhance the quality of your moments and your years.

Join Dr. Kabat-Zinn to:

  • Explore five guided meditations that lead you breath-by-breath into the essence of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a program offered in medical clinics and hospitals around the world
  • Cultivate the Seven Key Attitudinal Factors of MBSR—qualities of heart and mind that lay the foundation for mindfulness practice and for seeing and accepting things as they are as a first step to working wisely and compassionately with stress, pain, illness, and sorrow as well as life's joys and pleasures
  • Free yourself from limiting perspectives, and become more intimate with your own boundless awareness

You're already in the perfect moment for inhabiting this liberating awareness, which is always available, teaches Jon Kabat-Zinn. With Mindfulness for Beginners, he invites you to cultivate mindfulness as if your life depended on it, which it surely does, and experience the magnitude and beauty of who you already are.

Course objectives:

  • Apply an understanding of the concept of mindfulness
  • Utilize simple guided meditations led by Kabat-Zinn
  • List the ethical and attitudinal foundations necessary to cultivating mindfulness
  • Assess how we can choose where to focus our awareness
  • Plan to use mindfulness to help us develop compassion and insight into our true nature

release date: Dec 09, 2011
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Mindfulness Meditations for Teens

Studies have shown that teens who meditate are happier, more focused, and less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors ranging from bullying to bulimia.

Not so long ago, many people thought that meditation involved dropping out of society and joining a cult. But most of us don't want to drop out of society -- we just don't want it messing with our heads.

Mindfulness is a way of holding on to your sanity when life seems to be going out of its way to make you go crazy -- with people who don't understand you, work, schoolwork, stress, and scheduling challenges that would baffle a super-computer.

Mindfulness is a way of getting back control over what goes on in your head, so that your own thoughts and emotions don't drive you insane.

Mindfulness can help you discover the real you that's buried below all the junk that life fills your head with. It helps you to be more genuinely yourself. Once you learn to quiet your mind you'll find that there's a calmer, more positive, more creative you just waiting to be let free.

Contents: 1. Introduction. 0:31
2. Why Meditate? (And what is mindfulness, anyway?) 5:00
3. Listen Up! (Listening as a mindfulness practice.) 7:27
4. Eye-Max. (A quick way to relax.) 7:48
5. Getting Out of Our Heads. (Meditating on the body.) 16:39
6. Go With the Flow. (Meditating with the breath.) 11:49
7. Shields Up! (Finding peace and security.) 7:43
8. Rewind, Be Kind (Learning to love life -- and yourself) 9:44
9. One Thing at a Time. (Bringing mindfulness into daily life.) 5:01
10. Credits 0:32

Total Running Time: 72:31

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