An Evening With Ram Dass 25th Anniversary Release for the first time on DVD
We are extremely honored and pleased to have the inspirational artwork of Peter Max gracing the cover of our new dvd.
Available for the first time on DVD, this classic talk given by Ram Dass – one of America’s most beloved spiritual figures and the author of the groundbreaking classic Be Here Now and Be Love Now – beautifully captures the essence of his profound teachings.
Originally videotaped in 1985 at Julia Richmond High School in New York City, this program features Ram Dass in his prime and offers a rare opportunity to experience one of the most inspirational and clear-thinking metaphysical authors of our time.
“If there’s one addiction that outlasts all the others, it’s the addiction to be free. It’s the addiction to come up for air, to live in the light, to live with love, to be spacious, to be present, to be Ah. Do what you do as impeccably as you can... you’ve got to enjoy the joy of the good fortune you have in life.”
World of Relaxation with Jon Kabat-Zinn now available on DVD
We are proud to offer this timeless classic with Jon Kabat-Zinn. The World of Relaxtion has been shown in hospitals for decades. BetterListen! has digitally remastered this wonderful healing tool and is now available for the first time to individuals and for license in hospital settings. Enjoy this preview that gives you a sense of the wonderful program. The DVD and Audio features the beautiful harp music of Georgia Kelly.
Great review of World of Relaxation with Jon Kabat-Zinn in this week's Publishers Weekly
The World of Relaxation: A Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practice for Healing in the Hospital and/or at Home
Jon Kabat-Zinn, read by the author, BetterListen!, unabridged, one CD, 1 hr., $16.95 ISBN 978-1-61544-041
Kabat-Zinn guides listeners through this healing meditation practice. Offering listeners a chance to connect with the sensations of their body and breath, Kabat-Zinn brings a soothing and reassuring voice to a guided meditation that brings mindful awareness to the entire body in a secular, nonjudgmental manner that is perfect for beginners. Paired with gentle original music from Georgia Kelly, Kabat-Zinn's well-intentioned instructions sound spontaneous and unscripted and will immediately put listeners at ease as they slow down, breathe, and relax into a state of inner peace and tranquillity. (May)
Excerpt from "World of Relaxation" DVD and MP3 by Jon Kabat-Zinn
“World of Relaxation: A Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practice for Healing in the Hospital and/or at Home” by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn -- -- internationally known for his development of and trainings in mindfulness-based stress reduction and meditation -- has been used in thousands of hospitals to help patients empower themselves to promote healing. It is now available exclusively on BetterListen! We hope you'll enjoy the following excerpt.
What I suggest we do is begin by just bringing awareness to the fact that in this very moment we’re alive. As you lie back in bed seeing if you can bring your attention to your body for a moment, and just experience the fact that as you lie here you’re breathing, and the breath will move in and out of the body in a continuing cycle. As we proceed, you might like to work with allowing your eyes to gently close. Many people find that it really helps and furthers this process with the eyes closed because it allows you to go to deeper levels of concentration. I will shortly be closing my eyes and we will work together with the eyes closed, and at any time that you feel perhaps disoriented or you’d like to open your eyes just feel free to do that. My face will be here on the screen, and you can just reassure yourself that everything is okay in allowing your eyes to close once again.
So just now letting the eyes gently close and bringing your awareness to focus on the fact that the breath is moving in and out of your body. That there is an in breath and an out breath moving in a never ending cycle. You might like to take one of your hands and place your hand gently on your belly -- about over your belly button -- and just see if there is not some movement in your hand as you breathe. Perhaps you’ll notice that as you breathe in, the hand will rise slightly, will come up as the belly expands gently. And as you breathe out, the hand will come down as the belly deflates. So if you sense that in your hand, just following your breathing here at your belly with your hand, and if that does not seem to be happening for you at the moment, then just observing your breathing wherever you can feel it, and just staying with attending to the entire duration of each in breath and the entire duration of each out breath. And if you are feeling the breath now down in the belly, then just taking the hand away and seeing if you can’t perceive the sensation of the belly expanding on the in breath and falling back towards the spine on the out breath without the hand.
But wherever you are following the breath, wherever you are aware of its presence, just observing it without trying to change it in anyway. You’re breathing quite well by yourself. You don’t have to manipulate it or force it. It’s just a gentle flow and you’re here observing it. And as you become aware of this flow of your breath, see if on the out breath you can’t just allow your body to sink a little bit deeper into the bed, into the mattress, and let the mattress do the work of holding you up, and on each out breath just letting the muscles soften a little bit more, letting any pockets of tension leave your body with the out breath.