My first introduction to meditation was from my grandmother, sometime in elementary school and in church, in the form of prayer. My grandmother and prayer taught me that I could always create a space for peace and calm within me, no matter where I was, by imagining a tranquil place, listening to calming sounds, or feeling the expansiveness, possibility, hope, and bedrock deep inside me.
I grew up swimming, and loved it because of it’s meditative nature. I could play the same song on repeat in my head for hours, swim back and forth, and that repetitiveness created a sense of stillness and escape from whatever was bothering me that day.
Next, came yoga. Yoga has truly been a blessing and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to learn about all the limbs of yoga, in yoga’s birthplace, India. The meditative breathing and body practices have cultivated an accessible place within me, in the event of crisis, chaos, or distress.
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside you.” -Deepak Chopra.
Here are some of my favorite guided meditations- I hope you find them as helpful as I do.
Other Meditation Options: Walk in a park or be in the forest (Shinrin-yoku) for 10-15 minutes everyday. “Don’t worry about whether you are making progress or not. Just keep your attention on the Self twenty-four hours a day. Meditation is not something that should be done in a particular position at a particular time. It is an awareness and an attitude that must persist through the day.” – Annamalai Swami. Create a “Meditation Playlist” and just close your eyes and listen to it.