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Wednesday
Jun062012

For Your Consideration: Meditation Podcasts

I recently started re-listening to the guided meditation podcasts I have in my music library and I have to say that I completely forgot how fantastic they are! I've been meditating for a while now and I guess I got cocky and thought I was fine on my own. 

Guided meditation can be extremely helpful, regardless of how experienced you are with quieting your monkey mind. Finding pre-recorded meditations that you like can take some time, however. There are a ton of them out there, all featuring different styles of meditation, different kinds of voices, and different levels of cheesy, New Age, synthesizer music. Some of them are going to click with you while others might make you wish you had instead re-watched all those episodes of Game of Thrones you DVR'd. 

So, to make your search a little easier, here are two of my favorite meditation podcasts. Remember, podcasts are FREE. If you haven't dove into the world of podcasting yet, you should really consider doing so. 

 

The Meditation Podcast 
By Jesse and Jeane Stern 

You can get the meditations through their website at themeditationpodcast.com or subscribe through iTunes.

The Meditation Podcast is great because it plays simple white noise or nature sounds in the background (don't worry, it's very subtle. There are no moaning whales or shrieking rainforest parrots involved). Additionally, they play binaural beats in the background, which according to their website, are tones that are supposed to enhance theta brainwaves, helping you to be in a more meditative state. 

They have a fun variety of meditations that not only have different themes, but a few also have different practices like breath work and vocal sounds. Some titles include "Addiction", "The Unknown: Fear, Risk, Failure and Success", "Money", "Finding Your Voice", and "Sit Still and Breathe". 

 

Meditation Oasis
By Mary and Richard Maddux 

You can get the mediations through their website at meditationoasis.com or subscribe through iTunes

Meditation Oasis creates new meditations on a regular basis. This podcast has a huge catalogue of episodes, so you're bound to find just the right meditation for whatever situation you're in. Some of my favorites include "Letting Go", "Flowing with Change", and "Deep Rest Guided Meditation". 

This podcast has a stronger emphasis on simply being aware of what's going on internally - which I personally think is the most important concept to master for meditation. If your mind wanders, Mary Maddux's voice will tell you to take note, be kind yourself, and gently return to your meditation. This is great if you have a tendency to get mad at yourself when you're having trouble focusing. 

Another point that Mediation Oasis really drives home is the concept of resistance and how it's the only thing we really need to let go of (this includes letting go of our resistance to resistance itself. How mind-blowing and meta can you get?). 

 

I hope you check these out! I've found them rather helpful, perhaps you will too. For your consideration: meditation podcasts. 

 

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Reader Comments (3)

Thanks for the links! I still am not on the ball yet so might give one of these a go (even though I am super crummy at meditating!)

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrandpaT

Don't get down on yourself, GrandpaT! In my experience, the ball will eventually call to you. Until then, enjoy your off the ball activities thoroughly. Since you live in a big city, there's a good chance that there might be some sort of place nearby that has group meditations. It could be an interesting thing to seek out if you're looking to do some productive procrastination.

June 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterSachi

Haven't checked them out yet, but thanks for this post! Gonna check out the latter one now. You sold me on the use of graphics and non-hokey language and kumbaya shit. Haha. I want to meditate, but I don't need it to sound so heavy, you know? Thanks in advance! :)

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermelysa

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