Daily meditation can have numerous benefits for our physical and mental health.
A daily, consistent practice can help you reap the benefits or meditation. But when life gets hectic, it can be hard to keep up with a daily practice. You may also need extra support to get started. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you start your meditation journey.
The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center has a variety of free, guided meditations online. The organization also hosts a weekly podcast to keep you motivated.
The Chopra Center
The prominent alternative medicine guru has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey to offer a free, 21-day online meditation experience.
If you’re familiar with the widely used meditation app Calm (see below) than you’ve likely heard the calm, soothing voice of guest contributor Tara Brach. She has her own website with a variety of resources and guided meditations at tarabrach.com.
Fragrant Heart has a variety of meditation resources available on its website including guided audio meditations. When you sign up for the organization’s newsletter, you’ll also receive a free, five-day course.
Meditation for Beginners
The St. Paul’s Girl Scout Troop found this informative blog article on the Theater Seat Store website, which has information for people who want to begin a meditation practice. The article includes tips for motivation and affirmations, which Hailey and the other scouts wanted to share with us! Thank you St. Paul’s Girl Scout Troop!
Touted as the #1 meditation app, Calm has a variety of guided meditations, meditation master classes, soothing tunes and stories to help you sleep. The app that includes guest spots from LeBron James and Matthew McConaughey has a free 7-day trial period after which you’ll be billed $69 annually.
If you’re not convinced to give meditation a try, headspace may be a fit for you. In addition to guided meditations and other resources, headspace is committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically-validated research on their product. The first two weeks are free after which you’ll be billed $69.99 annually.