Over the past decade, the practice of meditation has caught on like wildfire.
What was once looked at as an obscure and even weird practice has now become widely accepted, in large part, due to what is now nearly a decade of scientific research backing many incredible mental and even physical health benefits.
There’s a lot out there on meditation, though, and so it can be hard to find the right information you need based on where you’re at in your practice (and your specific needs and wants). That’s why we’ve put together a collection of our best resources on meditation.
Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.
– Amit Ray
Below is a collection of our best resources on meditation, including everything from basic instructions to tips for making meditation a habit, alternative meditation forms, and even unique methods for dealing with everyday challenges:
New to meditation? This is a great, simple guide for those who have heard so much about meditation but have yet to give it a try. Wondering what all the hype is about? This is a great place to start.
Read here: The 4-Step Guide to How to Meditate
Just getting started in your practice? Starting to notice how hard it is to stick to a consistent practice? Don’t worry, this is something that even experienced meditators struggle with.
In fact, when I surveyed over three hundred meditators, this was listed as the most common issue by a very, very wide margin. Given the nature of meditation, more is better. So then, it goes without saying that sticking to a daily practice is huge.
Want to know how? This will tell you everything you need to know:
Meditation practice is deceptively complex. On the surface, you’re just sitting there. However, there are all kinds of intricacies to the practice that you’ll begin to experience as your practice develops.
In this resource, you’ll learn all the best tips for starting off right in your meditation practice, which includes everything I’ve learned over the past decade as a consistent, serious meditator.
As I mentioned above, there’s a lot to the practice of meditation. And, for that reason, there are a lot of possible misconceptions that can hold you back (especially in the beginning).
The problem is, these misconceptions often lead to the meditator quitting, so it’s critical you learn now what they are before they have the chance to take hold of you.
Want to know what they are and why they’re wrong? Check it out:
Some people just aren’t built to be able to sit quietly in the corner of a room alone.
I get it, I do. However, speaking of misconceptions, a big one is that you need to do exactly that to meditate. That is, sit cross-legged on the floor counting your breath. This is absolutely false.
You can meditate while walking, standing, in your office, outside your office, while eating lunch, and in dozens of other unique and interesting ways, at least one of which is going to be a fit for you and the way you like to live your life.
If you hate the idea of traditional meditation or you just can’t sit still for long periods of time (due to anxiety or another factor), check out these unique practices:
Pretty much any mention of meditation you hear nowadays refers to one form of meditation: mindfulness meditation. This is for a few reasons:
- It’s secular
- It’s super easy (not all forms of meditation are)
- It can be practiced anywhere and in many different ways
Mindfulness meditation is what I practice regularly, however, there are many other forms of meditation and one of those other forms might better suit you. In particular, another popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation.
Loving-kindness meditation is the practice of generating feelings of love and caring for ourselves and others, passing those feelings on progressively to the next person until they envelop all things in our mind, and it offers great benefits such as developing more compassion, caring, and clarity– benefits that have begun to be confirmed through recent research.
If you’ve been practicing for a little while, you know you can practice meditation anywhere. And you might have been wondering, can I bring it to work? Either for yourself or for your employees. Well, you definitely can.
Want some cool tools and ideas for bringing this incredible practice to work?
Read here: How to Bring Mindfulness to the Workplace
Similarly, if you’ve been practicing formal meditation for some time and are interested in bringing the practice into your everyday life, there are many enjoyable ways to do it from walking meditation (a personal favorite) to eating mindfully.
Learn how to bring meditation into your everyday life, whether you’re shopping, driving, walking, eating, waiting, or doing anything else for that matter…
Perhaps the biggest misconception about meditation is that it just helps us zone or check out from reality. This is quite literally the exact opposite of what meditation is (I’ve never encountered a more incorrect misconception).
Mindfulness meditation, in particular, can help us navigate many of the most difficult challenges we face throughout life, from serious conditions such as anxiety and depression to more common challenges such as working through our negative self-talk and dealing with regret and addiction.
10. The Best Books on Meditation
Now that you’ve started to advance in your practice and set out on your own, it’s up to you to develop your practice further.
My advice? As in anything, learn from the best. Read the best books on meditation you can find from experienced meditators and see what they have to say.
And to that end, here is a list of some of the absolute best books on meditation ever written:
Read here: The Best Books on Meditation
Meditation has transformed the lives of millions of people all around the world (including my own many years ago). From helping manage serious conditions such as anxiety and depression to simply helping us find some clarity and a little more peace in our daily life, meditation has something to offer for everyone.
We hope these meditation resources help you take your meditation practice to a new level.