Rank #1: Mindful Choice Guided Meditation
There is a sweet feeling inside, the feeling of being alive, which everyone can contact. We can get better at that as we practice, but it all comes down to a simple choice, an act of choosing what we know is right. And we can practice that too. We can strengthen the recognition that we have an interior choice, where we can supply our attention to what is right in us rather than what we think is wrong in us.
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Rank #2: 7 Guided Sleep Body Scan Meditation
Meditation that prepares the body and mind for sleep, using a guided body scan leading into a guided rest in a natural effortless awareness. Great as a regular sitting meditation when we are stressed and over-energized too!
Rank #3: Panic Attacks, Anxiety, and Breathing Meditation: Talk 17
How should one breathe for panic attacks and how to breathe for regular worry? Panic Attacks and every day worry have some things in common, but also a big difference. We can learn a lot from panic attacks, whether we have them or not, because they point us in the direction of the right attitude in meditation.
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Rank #4: Trusting Your Intuition to Meditate
Sometimes indecision stops us in our tracks. This simple guided meditation goes directly into that, to enhance your sense of power and ability to follow your heart, right at the micro-level of where indecisiveness arises. After each long thought phases passes, a moment of potential arises and in that moment you do what you intuitively feel is right. Then repeat the process. It’s that simple. To practice trusting yourself, practice trusting yourself!
Rank #5: Relax with the Breath All Over the Body
Use this guided meditation to connect with the breath in all kinds of ways you haven’t tried before. Playing with the Breath hones our skills in relating to what feelings and emotions arise in our experience later. Practice now to get ready for when you’ll need calm presence and a calming breath.
Rank #6: 36: The Vivid Body Scan
This guided tour through the body sensitizes you to all the flavors of feeling in the body, and brings you to the vivid enjoyment of subtle breath sensations interacting with whole body sensations. This is a profoundly accessible and healing meditation that leads us toward the shift into a mindful life.
Rank #7: 42: Quick Body Scan Guided Meditation
Making the body more accessible to us gives us a base point with which we can get perspective on excessive thinking, explore our emotions, and get communication from our body that leads us in beneficial directions. The body scan opens these lines of communication! Use it early and often.
Rank #8: Pleasant Body
Relax into this mindful body scan and start developing skills to make the experience of the body joyful and interesting to play with. We move our attention through every inch of our body kindly noticing and becoming aware of what is already there. It is a simple technique to get in touch with bodily sensations and cultivate a real sense of pleasure in the body. A meditation skill that can be used anywhere and at any time to simply look inside the body and ‘feel what it feels’ with kind and mindful attention.
Rank #9: 30: Guided Meditation for Focus and Presence
Use this meditation to stabilize the mind and focus in on a single meditation point. While this classic meditation is understood in the west to be merely for enhancing ones mental powers of concentration, in fact it has a direct connection to the development of wisdom and insight into our presence and freedom. This guided meditation explores both aspects and takes us on a tour from concentration to wisdom.
Rank #10: Episode 0: The Most Powerful Approach to Thinking and Meditation
Every meditator encounters the challenge of rampant thinking, and the stresses it sinks into the body and the many ways it colors our experience. Coming to clarity, however, does not mean to stop thinking. In our first audio podcast, I get the chance to introduce the heart of meditation and I look forward to many, many more times we can look into this together.
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Rank #11: 38: Simply Being Short Meditation
Without having to do very much at all, simply being as you are is a very powerful meditation that uses our intention and attention in just about the most skillful way possible, which is to say, in the slightest, easiest, and simplest way. Practice this guided meditation and then apply it in your life to every stolen moment. Soon you will understand meditation very well.
Rank #12: 52: Being Simply As You Are
This guided meditation is very simple and short, giving you the space and pause to do nothing but remain as you are. Simply being is a refreshing, restful pause that brings us back to ourselves, from one point of view, but really dispels a whole lot of extra stuff that when gone reveals what we already and always were.
Rank #13: Talk on Ekhart Tolle The Power of Now
Part one of a series, listeners submit questions and Alan takes up some of the top things that come to mind when reading this book. The talk delves into questions like what relation our past history has to who and what we are as being, and whether or not it is necessary to suffer first in order to be free, and other issues that come to mind which all help clarify what it really means to be by looking inwardly and questioning our sense of who and what we are.
Rank #14: 43: Meditation for Seeing Beyond a Wandering Mind
This guided contemplation points to something essential that every meditator must see and understand if they are to go beyond worry over wandering mind. There are many ways to deal with wandering thoughts, but the most important and most powerful is to see the knowing that is beyond wandering or not-wandering. Recognize this and your life will change. Recognize it more and more, and your life will change more and more.
Rank #15: Being Present Before Things End
How can we feel present in our life, and stay that way? In this talk we explore what it means to be mindful beyond trying to remember to “pay attention.” Typically, we’ll “remember” to be present for something when it is just about to end, whether it’s a meditation or even at the end of life. The trick is to remember in the middle! Let’s look into how it really works: a practice of mindfulness is setting up the moments of awakening to happen on their own more and more. It’s not about exerting force or pressure to ‘be present.’ Rather, it’s being wise about how to set things up in a way that brings attention home, while also recognizing the truth that you are always here.
Rank #16: 21 Mindfulness of Thoughts
Wandering thoughts can be part of the meditation. Then there is no such thing as distraction! Just as important, with this noting thoughts mindfulness practice we can get increasingly clear on understanding the nature of thought, distinguishing it from bodily sensation, and becoming aware of what we are actually thinking. All this gives us a leg up on the sometimes confusing swirl of thoughts and feelings that happens in some of our emotional states.
Rank #18: Talk 4: Where Can I Stop Thinking?
How do I stop thinking so much? It’s a question with the wrong target, pointed in the wrong direction. In this live Q & A recording a meditator asks the question that naturally arises to anyone who tries to meditate. A question that is always going to come up from time to time for everyone. Naturally we may seek to stop or reduce thought because it seems to be something that’s not great for us, to say the least. But is this so? Or is there nothing wrong with thought itself, and what we truly want is just to not suffer our thoughts. Explore the important pointer in this talk.
Rank #19: 31: Short Guided Meditation on the Breath
Use this when you don’t have a lot of time but want to be consistent with your practice and not skip a day. Or as a quick pick-me-up anytime you need to re-establish intimate contact with your breath again. Then again, when is that not a good thing to do?
Rank #20: Be the Space of Thought
When we are assailed by thinking, it seems like thought is big and we are surrounded by thought, engulfed by thought. Or even when the mind is just plain noisy, this meditation helps really experience the smallness of thought and gives us a clear perspective on thinking. With this meditation on space and thinking, the big problem of thought, worry, stress, and monkey mind is put in its proper perspective, as a small thing that arises inside of a bigger space.