The data is in, and meditation works; not only does it help us live happier, less stressful lives, but it has measurable effects on physical health too.
There are many different types of mediation (including mindfulness meditation, breathing meditation, guided meditation, walking or moving meditation and many others.) If you’ve tried meditation it hasn’t felt like a good fit, it might be because you haven’t found the right meditation type for you. The links below are a great starting point to learn more about meditation.
Article and Video comparing different meditation techniques
A Guide to Meditation for the Rest of Us Meditation tips from Lifehacker.com
TED.com Talk with Andy Puddicombe – All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)
Headspace An online meditation resource that offers a FREE Take 10 program – 10 days of 10 minute meditations that can be played online or on the Headspace app (available for iPhone and Android). For more information about Headspace or what to expect from the app, visit here for a short article and video about the program.
Help Guide for stress management Includes several stress management techniques
Mayo Clinic – introduction to mindfulness
Life Hacker - An approachable guide to meditation
How Stuff Works Meditation basics (Includes transcript for a short guided meditation focused on breath)
Care 2 - Tips for bringing meditation into your life
Guided Meditation and Visualization Transcripts
Insight Meditation Center Free 6 week meditation class – Includes transcripts of 6 guided meditations
Wholesome Resources 15 minutes woodland walk script
Psych Central 20 ways to relax and unwind.
Love to Know Several scripts, including one very thorough progressive body scan