First off a little background:
I started meditating when we lived in Vietnam. I didn’t have a “social circle” since most of the other expats were much younger and few Vietnamese spoke English where we lived. I needed something to help keep me sane in the loneliness and help give me the courage I needed to get out into a community where I didn’t understand the traditions and didn’t speak the language.
Meditation brought me peace and helped give me the courage to move outside my comfort zone.
When I was trying to figure out how to meditate, I used YouTube. There I found many guided meditations with different time options. I often did one hour meditations – which is a little overkill for me but did help pass the time. My main go-to was a YouTube meditation called, Honest Guys.
When we returned to the U.S., I found Headspace. I love Headspace because they teach you how to meditate. All meditations are guided. You can pick 1 minute, 2 minute up to 20 plus minute meditation. There are even meditation for kids! They are currently offering a free experience, otherwise you pay. We signed up for the yearly plan and love it. If you have done the free experience before they are offering another one at this time.
I also found Oprah’s meditation site where she partners with Deepak. For a short time they are offering a free meditation experience, Hope in Uncertain Times. What I like about this meditation is the first 10 minutes is a lecture which includes short lessons on hope and how you use it in your daily life.
While still in Vietnam I got my husband to share the meditations with me. Having a partner to share in this experience was awesome. We immediately noticed that our blood pressure was lower and that we were calmer in most situations. It has now become a daily practice for us.
I often hear people say that they don’t have to meditate. Most of us have time now and ‘now’ it is more important than ever. Getting through this uncertain times takes much more self-awareness, more calm and helps increase the consideration for yourself, your family and friends, your community and your world.
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