If you hadn’t already heard of it, MARC is UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. Part of MARC’s mission is to put mindfulness practice in the greater context of our culture. Here’s a little from their About page to give you a taste:
Contemporary culture in the United States is marked by extraordinary advances in science and technology, yet coupled with these advances is an increasing sense of pressure, complexity and information overload. Individuals across the lifespan are feeling tremendous stress, which is contributing to a variety of mental and physical health problems and diseases.
In any case, here are the free guided meditations. They are all worth a listen: