Guided Meditations

Meditation and Anxiety – About Meditation – Meditation Article

It is becoming more widely known that a meditation practice can be helpful in curbing anxiety. Anxiety generally comes in two forms – a fear-based resistance to some deeper feelings that are arising, and projecting past pain onto the unknown of the future. With practice, meditation can be a powerful practice to help inhibit the life and growth of both these forms of anxiety. Mindfulness One popular approach to meditation is about being fully present with whatever arises, moving with…

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A Meditation for Healing Emotional Pain – Meditation Article

“The only way out is through.”  – Robert Frost It’s incredibly challenging to sit with any emotional pain, but learning to let it pass through you is the only way to truly begin the healing process. Use this short guided meditation practice from Sanjeev Verma to help you face this distress and alleviate your anguish slowly over time. You’ll come out stronger in the end for your courage and patience. Related: The Power of Breath for Physical and Emotional Balance…

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A Meditation to Help You Prepare for Restful Sleep – Meditation Article

According to the CDC’s latest statistics, more than a third of the U.S. population is sleeping less than seven hours per night. That means that a good amount of Americans are sleep-deprived. Why is this such a big deal? When you’re sleeping, your brain is recalibrating itself, which means it’s working even more than when you’re awake. In order to start each day feeling fresh, focused, and ready for what lies ahead, good sleep is crucial. But even when someone…

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A 10-Minute Meditation for Deep Sleep – Meditation Article

By now, you’ve hopefully gotten accustomed to preparing your body and mind for sleep by using breathing and counting exercises to clear your head. If you haven’t, check out the first 10-minute meditation in our spring Better Sleep Series here. Next up, we’re focusing on improving the quality of your shuteye to help you feel more rested. Have you ever gotten seven to eight hours a night and woken up feeling like you haven’t slept a wink? Most likely it’s…

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A Nighttime Meditation for Setting Intentions – Meditation Article

When you’re moving from a waking to a sleeping state, there is a very short time in between when your mind is transitioning from conscious to unconscious. Normally, you can’t directly influence your subconscious when you’re awake, but at that moment, the subconscious mind is more present and accessible than it usually is. In this brief time, you can actually get a direct line to your subconscious mind, allowing it to absorb the thought seeds you plant without being judged…

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A Meditation to Tap into Your Creative Side – Meditation Article

Creativity 101: The act of living is an art, according to Ayurveda, and the art of life is in the practices that cultivate wellness. It just so happens that the best practices for this are linked to greater creativity, which, in itself, contributes to greater happiness. Studies show one must be creative, generative, positive, engaged, present, and mindful to optimize overall health, good immune function and more. Doing creative things is also a proven mood enhancer, however, what this looks…

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3 Daily Practices to Keep You Energized – Meditation Article

One of the greatest tricks that has really helped me live a happier, healthier life is establishing a rhythm to the day. This allows me to sustain just the right amount of energy needed to get me through my daily tasks without feeling depleted. Staying evenly energized isn’t just good for your productivity, but also your health: Ayurveda teaches that if you overheat or have too little energy, you are prone to a host of systemic problems including attention and…

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A Meditation to Enjoy the Great Outdoors – Meditation Article

Going green is so good for you, and we’re not just talking about spinach smoothies. Studies show that being in nature can improve memory, promote sharper thinking, enhance the ability to focus, and improve mood as well as immune function. Living in a city is no excuse. You can find patches anywhere and everywhere. Make it a habit to get fresh air at least twice a day to soothe your mind and restore mental energy. Listen to this guided meditation…

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3 Ways You Can Use the Mindset of Meditation for Success – Meditation Article

Most people want to succeed in life; that’s a given. But actually getting to success? That part is a little trickier. What many don’t realize is that there’s an incredibly useful tool to reach success right at their disposal. In fact, the mindset required to reach success lies within. Whether it’s in your career, family relationships, friendships, health pursuits, or any other area, tapping into your consciousness through meditation can be the first step toward succeeding in any goal. Here’s…

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10 Peaceful Books That Will Help You This Year – Meditation Article

At the start of the year, many of us are looking for clear, irrefutable wisdom that we can call upon at any given moment and know it will make a difference to us. Hundreds of self-help books get published annually, providing us with exercises, techniques and insights to assist us as we set new goals and intentions for the upcoming year. We hope that by reading these books, we will be transformed into the beings that we have always longed…

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A Guided Meditation for Times of Transition and Change – Meditation Article

You got married. You got fired. You graduated. You had a baby. You moved. You survived an illness. We’re all dealing with some form of change all of the time. And while a greeting card may exist for the particular type of transition you’re currently experiencing, one thing Hallmark never covers is exactly what you’re supposed to do with the cascade of emotions that accompany any major change, positive or negative, in life. The good news is, when we wake…

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Meditations and Advice for New Moms in the Transition to Motherhood – Meditation Article

When I first discovered I was pregnant with my son, I went through the full gamut of emotions—excited, nervous, terrified, anxious, and elated. I prepared his nursery, bought a few onesies, pre-registered at the hospital, took a mildly helpful birth class, and considered myself ready. I had 17 years of meditation practice under my belt going into motherhood. I figured, how different can motherhood be from the other upheavals of everyday life? How hard will it be to meet life…

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A Guided Meditation to Discover Your Next Right Steps: Advice From Your Future – Meditation Article

I’m delighted to introduce you to Daniel Piatek, a spiritual guide to many and an old friend and mentor of mine. Daniel and I spent several years living, working, and meditating together in a contemporary spiritual ashram. That was almost 20 years ago. These days, Daniel leads transformational spiritual travel adventures. His upcoming “Reunion with the Divine Odyssey Quest” is a unique alchemy of tour, retreat, vision quest and spiritual adventure through Catalonia, Spain and France, October 25 – November…

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How to Focus Better: A Guided Meditation – Meditation Article

If you find it challenging to focus this time of year, it’s not your fault. Combine the enticements of summertime fun, the tendency to get overheated and dehydrated, and our natural penchant for doing many things at once, and you have a recipe for concentration deficit. This lack of focus makes us less productive and is also a leading source of anxiety. One primary way to minimize the effects of all our multi-tasking is to set aside some time during…

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How to Meditate Anywhere (Even While Waiting in Line) – Meditation Article

At this point, with everything that we know about the benefits of meditation, most people would probably agree that picking up this daily habit is a good idea. A clearer mind, more emotional stability, and a better attention span are all things that everyone can benefit from. So why isn’t every single person who knows about these benefits actually meditating? The answer, in a majority of cases, is simple: Time. Finding Time to Meditate In today’s world, we are all…

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Guided Meditation for Love and Kindness – Meditation Article

Cultivating feelings of love for yourself and love for others is a wonderful thing. We could all use a little more heart—or let’s call it empathy—not only for those around us but also, perhaps most importantly, for ourselves. By this I mean finding ways to accept what is, observe yourself, and make changes that you decide will serve you as you move through the world. It’s an easy equation: By focusing on yourself first, cultivating a mindfully open and empathic…

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Meditation for Loneliness – Meditation Article

“Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut more deep. Let it ferment and season you…” – Hafiz What does it mean to not “surrender loneliness so quickly”? For most of my life, I would have preferred to surrender my loneliness yesterday. Loneliness felt like a painful, aching, hollow feeling at the core of my gut. It was my constant companion and I most certainly did not want it there. At some point in my twenties, I decided if…

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