10 of the Best Free Guided Meditation Websites

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Below are 10 of the best free guided meditation websites. I recommend these for seasoned meditators and beginners who would like to learn how to meditate. *I also recommend for beginners to join an offline meditation class or group. It is easier to meditate in a group and if you have any problems or concerns you can ask the teacher.

Each guided meditation is different, try them all and stick to the meditation practice that helps you to still your mind. Let me know what you think, by leaving a comment below.

*If you are a beginner start meditating for 5-10 minutes every day, once you feel comfortable meditate longer for 15 – 30 minutes a day.

1.The Chopra Center

16 audio tracks of Guided Meditations:
http://www.chopra.com/ccl/guided-meditations

2.Ananda Sangha

Get started video:
http://www.ananda.org/video/series/getting-started-with-meditation/

Meditation basics
http://www.ananda.org/meditation/getting-started/how-to-meditate/

Pranayama – breathing techniques
http://www.ananda.org/video/series/breathing-techniques-pranayama/

About Meditation
http://www.ananda.org/meditation/

3. Ryan Kurczak –Kriya Yoga Meditation

20 Minute Meditation Session
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCyoa2XPV5o

45 Minute Guided Kriya Yoga Meditation Practice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL3BrpJ0b_Y

Learn kriya yoga practices
https://www.youtube.com/user/KriyaYogaOnline

4. Easwaran – Passage Meditation

Introductory course on passage meditation:
http://www.easwaran.org/introductory-passage-meditation-course-introduction.html

About the meditation
http://www.easwaran.org/learning-how-to-meditate.html

5. Baba Shiva Rudra Balayogi – Timeless meditation

http://www.shivarudrabalayogi.org/timeless-meditation

6. Mindvalley

6 Phase Guided Meditation by Vishen Lakhiani
http://www.omvana.com/meditations/six-phases-meditation-by-vishen-lakhiani

7. Zen 12 – Brainwave Audio

https://zen12.com

8. Fragrant Heart

50 audio tracks of Guided Meditations:
http://www.fragrantheart.com/cms/free-audio-meditations

9. Do Yoga With Me

30 audio tracks of Guided Meditations:
https://www.doyogawithme.com/yoga-meditation

10. Tara Brach

Over 100 audio tracks of Guided Meditations:
https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditations

How To Meditate: Learn Meditation Techniques

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Meditation is a practice that will help you to focus and develop deep concentration in order to still the mind and eventually reach a higher level of awareness and inner peace. When your mind is focused, your thoughts start to fade in the background and eventually will disappear. Leaving your mind in a state of self-realization.

How To Start Meditating

Learning how to meditate as a beginner can be a struggle. It will be a straightforward process if you’re able to follow these 4 simple steps:

Step 1. Decide on a time and place that works for you.
Decide on a regular place and time for your meditation, so that it becomes a new habit. Your meditation space could be a section in your living room, bedroom or anywhere you are free from distraction and feel comfortable for the duration of the meditation.

Step 2. Decide on an amount of time to meditate.
If you are new to meditating start with 5 minutes every day, once you feel comfortable, meditate longer for 15 – 45 minutes a day. It is important to decide on an amount of time that is beneficial for you and feels achievable so that you will continue to meditate day after day.

Step 3. Make sure you sit Comfortably. Get a comfortable chair with a cushion. It’s important that you are able to sit in a comfortable, upright posture that feels natural to you for 15-45 minutes.

Step 4. Decide on what meditation to start with.
If you are new to meditation, I recommend guided meditation. Guided meditation is led by an experienced meditation teacher, either in person at a meditation group or via video or audio as Zen 12: free guided meditation audio Once you feel comfortable with doing guided meditation, try meditating without being guided.

Try Different Meditation Techiques

There are several styles of meditation. The first thing you need to do is to try different meditation methods, The techniques that work best for you will depend on your goals, so before you begin to meditate, consider what it is you want to get out of meditation. For example, you might want to get into a better sleeping routine, or you might struggle to relax and are using meditation as a method of doing that. Consider how your mind and body feels after each technique. Is there one technique that makes you feel better than others? You may want to mix up certain styles to make it more interesting for yourself and to reward yourself with the maximum benefits. I am going to share three meditation methods that I use.

How to Meditate: Three Meditation Techiques

Focused Meditation

This technique involves focusing on a single point or object. This style of meditation tends to be easier for beginners as your thoughts are specifically focused on one thing, such as a visual image, candle flame, breath or sound. This style calms and focuses the mind.

1. Sit comfortably. look straightforward, make sure your spine is straight and your legs are shoulder-width apart, your feet are flat on the ground, and your palms are facing up on your lap.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Focus your attention on the breath.

4. Slowly inhale (Make no effort to control the breath; breathe naturally from your diaphragm), exhale through the nose. If your mind starts to wander, just refocus your attention on the breath.

5. Do this for as long as you need. (if you are a beginner start with 5 minutes)

6. At the end of the meditation, before opening your eyes, take three slow, deep breaths and slowly open your eyes.

Mantra Meditation

Try to say a mantra, as you inhale and exhale. A mantra helps to quickly focus the mind and still the thoughts. Once your mind is fairly silent, drop the mantra and focus on your breath. The mantra can be an affirmation or any sacred words such as “So Hum”, which means “I am that”.

1. Sit comfortably. look straightforward, make sure your spine is straight and your legs are shoulder-width apart, your feet are flat on the ground, and your palms are facing up on your lap.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Focus your attention on the breath.

4. Slowly inhale (Make no effort to control the breath; breathe naturally from your diaphragm), silently in your mind repeat the word Sooooo.

5. Then slowly exhale through your nose while silently in your mind repeating the word Hummmm. Continue to allow your breath to flow easily, silently repeating Sooooo… Hummmm . . . with each inhale and exhale of the breath.

6. Whenever your attention wanders, gently return to your breath, silently repeating Sooooo . . . Hummmm.

7. Do this process for 10 to 45 minutes or until you have entered a deeper level of awareness and consciousness. It will then become unnecessary to continue repeating the mantra.

8. At the end of the meditation, before opening your eyes, take three slow, deep breaths and slowly open your eyes.

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is great for people that are new to meditation.I recommend to start meditating every day using a free 12 minute guided meditation audio, once you feel comfortable meditate longer for 15 – 45 minutes a day without guided meditation.

free guided meditation

10 Meditation Tips for Beginners

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I know how hard it can be for a beginner to start learning meditation, as I once was a beginner myself, I am going to share my top tips that helped myself get started and helped to develop further in my meditation practice.

Here are my 10 Meditation tips:

Tip 1.Find a meditation that works for you

The first thing you need to do is to try different meditations, to find out which one works best for you. There are many types of meditations like mindfulness meditation, yoga meditation, mantra meditation, transcendental meditation and much more.

Tip 2. Make it a Habit

Try to set a time to meditate at the same time each day.

Tip 3. Start Small

If you are new to meditating start with 2-5 minutes every day, once you feel comfortable, meditate longer for 15 – 45 minutes a day.

Tip 4. Join a meditation class or group

It is easier to meditate with other people, go to a group meditation at least 1 – 2 times a week. You can find groups in your local area or on Meetup.com.

Tip 5. Try guided meditations to start with

If you have tried to meditate without success. You can listen to a voice that is guiding you, some guided meditations will include tranquil meditation music that will help you to relax even more deeply. Once you have meditated for a while, try meditating without guided meditation. You will be able to meditate anywhere without having something external to rely on. Click here >>> Free guided meditation audio

Tip 6. Focus on an mantra

If you have lots of thoughts in your mind and you find it hard to focus. Repeat silently to yourself a mantra or prayer. Mantras are a simple but powerful technique that uses the breath and the repetition of a mantra to quiet the mind and relax the body. Try So Hum Mantra Meditation and  The Mantram: Learn the practice and experience the benefits by Eknath Easwaran.

Tip 7. Be in the vibration of love

During your meditation, you can achieve peace and love within yourself if you are in the vibration of love to do this you need to raise your vibration. Learn More – 5 ways to raise your vibration

Tip 8. Create a sacred space

Prepare a scared space, it could be a section in your living room, bedroom or anywhere you can get free of other people, obstructing objects and gives you space and peace needed for the duration of the meditation. Add what you need in the sacred space like a lit candle, incense, flowers, crystals anything that will make you feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Tip 9. Meditate 1 or 2 hours after you eat

It is not a good idea to meditate just after eating a big meal. The body will be heavy, the consciousness will be heavy and your meditation will not be great. It is advisable to meditate on an empty stomach. At least two hours should lapse between your meal and the time that you sit down to meditate.

Tip 10. Sit in an upright posture

Get a comfortable chair with a cushion, it’s important that you are able to sit in a comfortable upright posture that feels natural to you. Sit forward slightly, to avoid leaning against the back of the chair, make sure your back (spine) is straight and your legs are shoulder-width apart, and your feet are flat on the ground and palms are facing up on your lap.

Do you have any meditation tips for beginners? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Top 5 Recommended Meditation Books

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Below are my top 5 Recommended Meditation Books. These are the meditation books that I use to help further my current meditation practice. If you are new to meditation, the first thing I would recommend is to join an offline meditation class. The teacher will make sure you are doing the techniques correctly. If you have any problems or concerns you can ask them. Also, try different meditations and choose the one which will help you to still your mind.

In my opinion, the best meditation practice is to focus on something like a mantra, or an object. I personally practice Kriya Yoga meditation. It incorporates many different techniques, you can use to still and calm the mind no matter what is going on around you at the present time.

*If you are a beginner, meditate for 5-10 minutes every day, once you feel comfortable to meditate longer for 15 – 30 minutes a day.

Recommend Meditation Books

1/ The Power of Relaxation: Align Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Life Through Meditation by Yogi Ashokananda

2/ Passage Meditation: Bringing the Deep Wisdom of the Heart into Daily Life by Eknath Easwaran

3/ The Supreme Art and Science of Raja and Kriya Yoga: The Ultimate Path to Self-Realisation by Stephen Sturgess

4/ Sadhana, a Way to God: Christian Exercises in Eastern Form by Anthony de Mello

5/ Journey to Self-Realization – Collected Talks and Essays. Volume 3 (Self-Realization Fellowship) by Paramahansa Yogananda

What is your favourite meditation book, let me know by leaving a comment below.