Mindfullness and Guided Meditation

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Guided Meditations

“Secular meditation in the West

A collective meditation in Sri Lanka
As stated by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a U.S. government entity within the National Institutes of Health that advocates various forms of Alternative Medicine, “Meditation may be practiced for many reasons, such as to increase calmness and physical relaxation, to improve psychological balance, to cope with illness, or to enhance overall health and well-being.”[136]

Sound-based meditation
After the wave of interest in Transcendental Meditation in America and Europe in the 1960s, several secular alternatives emerged. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School conducted a series of clinical tests on meditators from various disciplines, including the Transcendental Meditation technique and Tibetan Buddhism. In 1975, Benson published a book titled The Relaxation Response where he outlined his own version of meditation for relaxation.[137] Also in the 1970s, the American psychologist Patricia Carrington developed a similar technique called Clinically Standardized Meditation (CSM).[138] In Norway, another sound-based method called Acem Meditation developed a psychology of meditation and has been the subject of several scientific studies.[139]

Biofeedback has been used by many researchers since the 1950s in an effort to enter deeper states of mind.[140][141]

Main article: Mindfulness
Over the past 20 years, mindfulness-based programs have become increasingly important to Westerners and in the Western medical and psychological community as a means of helping people, whether they be clinically sick or healthy.[142] Jon Kabat-Zinn, who founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program in 1979, has defined mindfulness as ‘moment to moment non-judgmental awareness.'[143]:626 Several methods are used during time set aside specifically for mindfulness meditation, such as body scan techniques or letting thought arise and pass, and also during our daily lives, such as being aware of the taste and texture of the food that we eat.[144] Scientifically demonstrated benefits of mindfulness practice include an increase in the body’s ability to heal and a shift from a tendency to use the right prefrontal cortex instead of the left prefrontal cortex,[145] associated with a trend away from depression and anxiety, and towards happiness, relaxation, and emotional balance.[146]

Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation was developed by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the early 1920s. In this practice one tenses and then relaxes muscle groups in a sequential pattern whilst concentrating on how they feel. The method has been seen to help people with many conditions especially extreme anxiety.[147]

As a result of the popularity in participation of mindfulness, conferences such as Wisdom 2.0 have arisen.[148][149][150] Mindfulness has entered the secular world in many ways allowing to to reach many different groups of people.[151]

Mental silence
Sahaja yoga meditation is regarded as a mental silence meditation, and has been shown to correlate with particular brain and brain wave activity.[152][153][154] Some studies have led to suggestions that Sahaja meditation involves ‘switching off’ irrelevant brain networks for the maintenance of focused internalized attention and inhibition of inappropriate information.[155] Sahaja meditators scored above peer group for emotional wellbeing measures on SF-36 ratings.[156]”

All About Meditation

“Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day.”

Sahaja Yoga Meditation Online
“Sahaja Yoga Meditation online course will take you on a journey in which you will learn the first steps towards the purest form of meditation, Sahaja Yoga Meditation. All knowledge and experience are introduced through videos and audio guided meditations. All the images, music and sounds of nature are so chosen to help guide you and to give you a feeling of peace.

Make some time if you want to experiment at home. Because what you could find is something which can give your life a new dimension, a new meaning.”

Mindfulness for Busy People: Turning from frantic and frazzled into calm and composed Paperback, by Michael Sinclair

One-Moment Meditation: “How to Meditate in a Moment”

Zen and the Art of Running: The Path To Making Peace With Your Pace

Find Zen Through Running: To achieve bliss as a runner, you need to tame your “monkey mind.”

The Zen of Running, and 10 Ways to Make It Work for You

The Zen of Running, Fred Rohé

Mindfulness a ‘fantastic way of dealing with our stressful responses’

Mindfulness and Depression

The Free Mindfulness Project

Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Free Guided Meditations

Mindful Self-Compassion, Christopher Germer

Understanding mindfulness

Dr. Ron Siegel: “The Science of Mindfulness”, Talks at Google

Dr. Ron Siegel: “The Science of Mindfulness”, Talks at Google


The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being

Calmness, Productivity, and other links

5 Essential Apps for a Zen-Like Calm Lifestyle, by productivity Ninja

Apps to help you drink less, exercise more and stop smoking

The 7 Habits of Calmness
“1. A calm morning ritual.
2. Learn to watch your response
3. Don’t take things personally
4. Be grateful
5. Create stress coping habits
6. Single-task
7. Reduce noise”

5 Essential Apps for a Zen-Like Calm Lifestyle
“1. Headspace
2. Spotify
3. Sleep Cycle
4. Daily Yoga
5. Toodledoo / Todoist / Evernote / Second-Brain app of your choice”

How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day

Mindfulness Bell – A 5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation

Emotion, Stress and Health: Crash Course Psychology #26

Happiness is all in your mind: Gen Kelsang Nyema at TEDxGreenville 2014

How Meditation Changed My Life | Mamata Venkat | TEDxWayPublicLibrary

Meditation: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life: Bodhin Kjolhede at TEDxFlourCity

One-Moment Meditation: “How to Meditate in a Moment”