Meditation is like a mental shower. I might miss a day here and there, but I don’t prefer to miss too many days in a row. It’s truly a cleansing of the chaos that sometimes happens inside my head and likely one of the most meaningful practices I’ve started. In the spirit of inner peace, I’d love to share some of my favorite online meditation resources with you.
“Meditation is not just for relaxation; its primary purpose is to develop the capacity to respond skillfully and gracefully to life’s difficulties as well as its joys.” — Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
I never knew how much I needed meditation in my life. It was sorely missed before I understood. It has turned into a daily practice that saves me from detouring further down the path of stress and negativity.
My meditation practice isn’t perfect, but I’ve never heard of one of those, so that makes me feel better about not always being able to have a divine experience of grace when I close my eyes and try to be here now.
You definitely don’t have to be an expert at quieting the mind to have a solid meditation practice; you don’t even have to be somewhat good at it to begin. That’s why you begin. A solid meditation practice is one that only requires one thing of you: that you keep showing up. Not good? Show up anyway. Grace is bound to come through. If it hasn’t yet, keep showing up.
The entire healing journey seems to be about showing up.
For me, I only needed one amazing meditation session to keep me coming back for a hundred more frustrating ones. But even those frustrating ones have their benefits. I’m not sure that there is such a thing as a “bad” meditation experience. If all you do is sit and listen to nice music and get a few deep breaths in, you’ve done yourself a favor.
Since inner peace is kind of what I’m all about (even if I don’t experience it all of the time), here are six of my favorite meditation resources that help me stick to my practice.
6 of My Favorite Meditation Resources
1. Gabby Bernstein
Gabby Bernstein is one of my favorite people to follow for spiritual guidance in the modern world. Visit her website for meditation videos galore.
2. Sounds True
Sounds True, created by Tami Simon, hosts a free Mindfulness and Meditation Summit; you can listen to it for free while it’s happening or purchase packages after the event has ended for all of the videos and meditations on replay. There’s also a store where you can purchase meditation DVDs, CDs, and courses from a variety of teachers.
davidji’s voice is always a soothing and friendly addition to my day, plus I appreciate that he’s an internationally recognized stress-management expert and trainer. He offers free guided meditations on his website, an abundance of videos, articles, and education, and guided meditation packages.Meditation isn't about clearing the mind. It's about witnessing a thought coming and going, and remembering that it's not you. Click To Tweet
4. Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg’s meditation style is down to earth and completely accessible to those new to the practice; she remains a wealth of inspiration as I continue my own. She offers her free 28-day Real Happiness Challenge in February.
5. Hay House
Hay House offers a nice selection of meditation albums from popular teachers and authors. I also enjoy listening to their podcast; there’s always a calming meditation I haven’t heard yet (or like to hear again) and it’s a great way to sample different teachers’ methods and styles.
6. Chopra Center Meditation
I’ve participated in Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra’s free 21-day meditation experiences for the last few years, and I always enjoy them. They begin with a brief introduction to that day’s mantra and message, followed by a beautiful soundscape.
I’ve also shared 10 free guided meditations for the holidays that are just as applicable every other day of the year.
What’s your favorite reason and way to meditate?
Please share your own favorite resources, how your meditation practice has helped you grow, and any suggestions or stories with me in the comments.
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The more you keep showing up for yourself in the present moment, the more like home it feels.