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Guided Meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Jon Kabat-Zinn well-known in the spiritually oriented medical field. He is a professor emeritus at the MIT Medical School and founder of the schools stress reduction clinic which teaches mindfulness-based meditation exercises and techniques to lower stress.

Kabat-Zinn is also the author of several well-known books on mindfulness, which he defines as “a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.”

Recently, Kabat-Zinn did a radio interview with KQED. During that radio show, he provided a guided meditation for lowering stress and anxiety. Click here to read an excerpt from his interview and listen to the meditation. The meditation is at the bottom of the page.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of guided meditations. I think people like them because they don’t have to be the inventor or creator of their meditation. They can be guided and directed by someone who perhaps knows better than they. Ultimately, however, I think it’s more helpful for people to learn how to create their own meditations, or have a meditation practice that they can simply apply to whatever is happening within them in that moment.

We have one guided meditation CD that guides people through our 5 steps to hearing God’s Voice. For those people who like guided meditations, it’s great because it walks them through the 5 steps. The only challenge is that it doesn’t actually teach the steps themselves.There is a difference between teaching steps in guiding someone through the steps. Regardless, many people have listened to because meditation and experience through God’s voice as a result of the meditations. I do encourage people, however, to learn the 5 steps first, and then use the guided meditations as additional support.