If you are anything like me, that meditation thing sounds realllly good and I never seem to get into it on my own. I admire those folks who say they can sit looking at the sunrise and meditation, close their eyes, anything like that.
Instead I sit down, notice that there are a few dishes on the counter to put away, so I do that for a second and I'll go back to meditation in a sec. Then I think I need water, hydration right? So I get water and realize the water pitcher needs to be filled so I fill that up and now its getting late and I have that appointment and I will then drive to work cursing myself for being "soooo bad" at mindful meditation.
I realized that what I need is something to focus on and not a sunrise or chimes but someone helping me through a meditation. Enter YouTube. The internet is great, isn't it? Searching around brought up countless meditation videos and there are plenty off of YouTube as well.
Having the voice to guide me through helped. When my mind wandered, I was able to refocus on the words and follow along with what they were saying. On my own, with just music or silence, focusing on my head, means I notice a headache and then I wonder if I have run out of Tylenol and then I start composing a grocery list in my head. *sigh*
I've pulled out a few videos here for you to check out. There are TONS more to suit all kinds of tastes, male or female voices, accents, music types, some with visuals to follow- like so many things in your healing process it is important for you to find what works for you, not simply what is here or what someone else tells you is "the best".
These ones below are short meditations. Jumping into something brand new and expecting to be an expert right off the bat. An hour was too intimidating for me so I suggest working up gradually. Shorter meditations have the added benefit of being able to fit into our busy day while an hour might be too much.
The Honest Guys have several videos on YouTube. This particular one for anxiety and worry is a nice one though I have used several of their videos for my own practice and in groups. They post regularly so if you are a YouTube user, I encourage you to subscribe to their channel if you are interested in seeing new content. I appreciate that they start the video with a brief message to inform the viewer before starting.
I have trouble focusing sometimes. My mind is trying to prioritize things and I can't always figure out what to do first. Of course, that often means I end up doing nothing. I found this one during a random search and related to sitting at the desk, trying to focus but not succeeding. I tried this out and it worked. My mind still wandered more than a few times, but I was able to bring myself back quicker. I try to use this on days when I can't get myself together. At 10 minutes, it is quick and less time by far, than what I used to waste trying to focus.
Confidence and self esteem seem to be a universal problem. During a difficult time, when struggling with emotions, it is natural to feel a little down, a little weak, and it might not always be easy to build ourselves back up. This video aims to address confidence and self esteem and give you some meditation time.
Remember that meditation may not be for everyone. Meditation moments can sometimes cause emotions or memories to surface that may traumatize rather than provide the peace meditation aims to provide.
It also is not easy, even with these guides, so practice. Practice and setting the intention to bring meditation into your life will allow you to improve. Remember that old saying- no one said it would be easy, just that it would be worth it.
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