If you’ve been thinking about trying meditation, but haven’t been sure how to get started, then check out this short guided meditation. This is the first, of what I hope will be many, guided meditations from Inspired Journeys.
Meditation has numerous benefits, including, stress reduction, increased focus, and better immunity. And, of course, the more you practice, the greater the benefits.
I hope this introductory video will encourage you to take up meditation as a daily habit. Try starting off small, even five minutes will make a difference, and then build up your time frames as you begin to feel more confident.
Relax and enjoy!
Short Guided Meditation
WOW. Life is good. The Chopra Center has set up a Meditation Resource Library. They have included some great free goodies. The preparation material includes a lot of information about meditation and starting out, there is an article on what is a mantra, and included is a free guided meditation.
And, of course, there are meditations to buy if you’re interested.
Meditation Resource Library
Three simple guided meditations for beginners. My preference is the last option, the body scan. But feel free to check them all out to see what you prefer.
Winter Feast for the Soul have just set up a page that includes all past teachers and their guided meditations. This index lets you find meditations from the Winter Feast by teacher or tradition, and links directly to all meditations under each category or teacher.
Another wonderful free resource – check it out.
Winter Feast Meditations
More reading on meditation if you’re interested. This article also includes some app recommendations for starting meditators.
The Power of Meditation
Another FREE 21 Day Meditation Challenge from Deepak & Oprah.
If you want to start meditating this is a great way to go.
Check it out.
Desire & Destiny
Want to meditate but don’t know how? Try these step-by-step instructions on “loving kindness meditation” from author Barbara Fredrickson.
Excerpt taken from Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
If you’re meditating with a goal in mind, psychotherapist and Zen teacher Barry Magid has some advice for you: Don’t! If you do, you’ll find yourself caught in the throes of grasping mind. If, on the other hand, you consider your meditation practice useless, you’ll discover its true power: It turns out uselessness is a powerful tool to transform the mind.
Very interesting article based on some new research that reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and that sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.
If you’re not much of a reader, then there’s a cute 2min video to check out.
How to Focus A Wandering Mind
The ideal way to learn to meditate is to get instruction from an experienced meditation teacher. However, I realize that this is not always possible. And to be honest, if you want to start, start now you should (imagine Yoda’s voice).
Here’s a few starting tips:
Your meditation space should be a place where you feel at peace, where you’ll be free from distractions. Preferably a space where you are not going to get too hot or too cold. It’s important to be comfortable. You’ll need a timer to make sure there is no temptation to check the time. If you don’t have a timer or some sort of stop watch, then I would suggest downloading the insight timer app. It is easy to use, has appropriate meditation bell sounds to get you started, and it will let you know when your time is up.