Meditation Resources

in Blog,Coaching,Positive Psychology

One of the all-time most popular posts on this blog is My 4 Most Recommended Meditation Tools. Since writing that post I have continued to meditate regularly and it has been transformational in my life. I’ve also continued to learn about meditation and mediation resources. Here are some updated resources for those looking to get started or those who are struggling to be consistent.

Insight Timer

This is a free app with hundreds of free guided meditations from some of the best teachers out there. Guided meditations are great for beginners who can benefit from the structure and reminders. I recommended Insight Timer before they added all the guided meditations. I have no idea how they provide all this content from great folks and don’t charge anything.

Envisioning MethodMindvalley founder Vishen Lakhiani offers this 6 part guided meditation.

It is much more active than many other meditations, which is a good fit for me. Here is the brief version of how I have adapted this. I use Insight Timer app to move me from one phase to the next. I initially gave each phase 2 minutes but over the past month have upped that to 3 minutes for each phase and have really enjoyed and benefited from the increased dosage.

  • Phase 1: Breathe and relaxing body scan
  • Phase 2: Loving kindness mediation – beginning with self and radiating out to eventually the whole world
  • Phase 3: Gratitude – appreciating this moment and then going back with gratitude for each moment over the past 24 hours
  • Phase 4: Moving forward – starting with this moment and envisioning how I want to move through the world with intention in the next 24 hours.
  • Phase 5: Spirituality – This can vary depending on your spirituality. I envision our vast interconnectedness.
  • Phase 6: Clear – Sitting with clear-headedness and letting any thought that enter my head simply pass by.

Breathe – My daughters have become interested in what dad does when he meditates, so we have been using this free app to let them experiment. It’s designed for school age kids and has quick questions about how you are feeling and then selects a meditation for you. If you like what it offers you can pay to upgrade and get more variety in the offerings. This is a good option for those looking to dabble.

Headspace – Headspace has some great videos about meditation with simple metaphors and helpful ways of framing meditation for the beginner. Since it is a subscription service this is also a great choice for those who need a bit of accountability to meditate. I know several folks who like the subscription because since they’ve paid for it they feel like they need to use it. The meditations are simple, guided, and not goofy or ephemeral. They offer an enormous library for energy, stress, relaxation, sleep, performance, and more.

 

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