Have you thought about starting a daily meditation practice and have no idea where to begin? You’ve come to the right place. I rediscovered meditation in December 2012, when I was going through a troubled time in my marriage and life. I was in a lot of emotional pain and at that time, doing a daily meditation with my YogaGlo subscription nursed me through some tough emotions and helped me get them out and eventually heal a little bit at a time.
When I started meditation, I had the same thoughts a lot of people have that meditation is all about sitting serious and upright and emptying your mind of all thoughts. What I found was something profoundly different. The first revelation was you are allowed to have thoughts and the second was that you’re allowed to have fun! My meditation varies significantly depending on my mood and the different meditations I’ve done in YogaGlo have taught me how to work with difficult thoughts and emotions and sit with how they feel in my body.
I personally like a guided meditation, that is someone talking me through my breathing and what sensations to tune into. However, with some practice I’m able to use these techniques at challenging times in my everyday life – a few deep breaths to calm me down after a difficult conversation or when the kids are driving me around the bend. What I love so much about meditation is that it’s so accessible and the techniques can be easily applied for instant stress relief.
So, if you’re looking to start a daily practice I’d recommend finding an app or audio that you enjoy (you may need to try a few until you find the one you like). Below are a few resources to try and as you’ll see, many are only short – so having no time to meditate is definitely not an excuse. I’d ideally like to get up first thing in the morning and meditate but with boys who enjoy getting up at 5am, it’s not a reality for me right now. So instead I meditate at night once they’re in bed or on the days I’m home with just my littlest one while he’s having a nap.
It’s a good idea to have a favourite spot where you enjoy to meditate – a favourite chair, a comfy cushion on the floor or propped up in bed. Sometimes you may even like to lie down. Light a candle or burn an essential oil to set the mood for serenity.
I like to choose a meditation that suits where I’m at that day – often the guided meditations are geared towards a particular purpose, so I like to pick something relevant if I need it or something nice like gratefulness or happiness if I’m looking for a more general feel-good meditation.
Have a look below and see if there’s something that resonates with you and be sure to report back on how you’re going in your meditation practice.
YogaGlo: This is a subscription-based service but there is a free trial. I find it very cost effective as I can do at-home yoga and meditation and there’s thousands of classes by world-renowned teachers. My meditation favourite is David Harshada Wagner – I totally recommend his meditations.
Deepak Chopra: Oprah favourite and pioneer of bringing chakra-based meditations to the West, Deepak’s style is soothing and relaxing. He has a number of free meditations here, and also runs regular free meditation experiences with Ms O herself. I did the 21-day Find your Flow challenge last month and really enjoyed it.
Tara Brach: I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I was drawn to the themes of the various free meditations on Tara’s site. Her background is in clinical psychology and she blends this with eastern philosophy – writing books and founding her own meditation school.
Fragrant Heart: Another great free resource with an extensive list of meditations for all occasions, broken up into categories such as Love Meditations, Meditations for Relaxation and Stress Relief and Meditations for Self Esteem. Meditations start at just one minute long with most around 7 to 15 minute in length.
Do you meditate? What techniques do you find helpful? How does it help you in your everyday life?