The Friendly Flames Stress Reduction Program. – video recording reviews
Relaxing by the Fire Our ancient ancestors had a meditation program built into the natural rhythm of their day. When daylight failed, they built a fire, and sitting with their backs to the night, stared into it. Today, says researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn, we lack that natural timing for giving up the day and its stresses.
Kabat-Zinn has built a fire. And with his videotape, The Friendly Flames Stress Reduction Program, we get to stare into it, and it alone, for about 30 minutes. As we do, Kabat-Zinn guides us through the breathing exercises and muscle relaxation that make up his mindfulness meditation program. That sounds boring, but it’s not. Kabat-Zinn’s voice is quiet and nonintrusive, and the fire, while it doesn’t crackle, does prove seductive after a time.
Kabat-Zinn, director of the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, aims to demystify meditation and make its simple exercises accessible to anyone who brings stress home from the office. Friendly Flames, $32.45 postpaid, is available from Videocraft Classics, 1790 Broadway, Suite 701, New York, N.Y. 10019; (212) 246-9849.
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