Ponderings and Insights

Nancy Kalina It has come to my attention that beginning the practice of meditation is terribly difficult. Therefore, I thought I’d offer a few resources to help you get started. Let me say that when I first started back in 2010, I had no earthly idea on where and how to begin. I saw classes offered in the newspaper and went to a few of those. However, the best thing I did for myself was to purchase Jack Kornfield’s CD Meditation for Beginners. This was perfect. In the first three meditations, Jack guides you with his lovely, calm voice as to what you are trying to do. He also speaks to what you may be experiencing. I found his CD to be very beneficial, useful, and enjoyable to use on a daily basis.

Once I had been meditating regularly, the Meditation for Beginners CD got old to me. I wanted something new! Naturally, I looked into Jack Kornfield’s other meditation CDs and purchased two of them — Guided Meditation: 6 Essential Practices to Cultivate Love, Awareness, and Wisdom and Guided Meditations for Difficult Times. They’ve both served me well and continue to do so. At this time, I also discovered Bob Stahl, a practitioner of mindfulness-based stress reduction. He has an amazingly soothing voice, and I bought two of his CDs as well.

What’s important to keep in mind is that you find what works for you. My dear friend Beth loves going to a Shambhala Center in Washington, DC. I tried Shambhala training for a weekend in Bloomington, but it didn’t feel good to me. I realized that I prefer to meditate in private. I don’t mind an occasional meditation center, but usually I like it when it’s just me. It’s my time with me.

I encourage you to find the type of meditation that works for you. Perhaps, you would prefer walking meditations or meditating while silently saying a mantra in your mind. Perhaps, you will be like me and enjoy a combination of meditation techniques. Finally, I encourage you to give yourself permission to explore the vast world of meditation and mindfulness training. Your essential self will be so very grateful.


Resources to Get You Going

Here is a link to Jack Kornfield’s Meditation for Beginners. You can get Meditation for Beginners as a book, on DVD, and on CD. I prefer the audio, but that is simply my preference.

Here are two other Jack Kornfield CDs that I have purchased, used, and found very helpful. Jack has even more resources to choose from now. So, find something that you believe will work for you.

Bob Stahl has multiple CDs to choose from, as well as other offerings. Here is the link to his page.

Finally, if you’re interested in beginning the practice of meditation, be on the lookout for Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s twenty-one-day free meditation challenges. They do these approximately three times per year. I’ve truly enjoyed them. When you sign up, you get one meditation emailed to you every day. Through Deepak Chopra’s wonderful guidance, I have explored a different type of meditation. Personally, I’ve enjoyed certain experiences so much that I purchased the challenge to continue on my own. Here is a link to the Chopra Center so you can sign up to receive emails for future challenges.


Until next time,

Safe Space Life Coaching

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