Free Mindfulness Meditations

Being human implies that we will always have emotions because that is part of our biological makeup…the trick is “how we handle” those emotions–what we do with them. I believe that most of us have learned to react to our emotions, not taking the time to pause and reflect on the situation and our emerging “reaction,” giving us the opportunity to bring Loving Awareness into the situation instead of reacting from our emotional past, our fears, our anxieties, or even our hopes that might seem thwarted in that moment.

The one thing that we can do for ourselves is to stay focused on the Here and Now, because when we are here, in our hearts, we then vibrate energetically with the current situation and can simply experience what is before us–no judgement. No stories. It just “is.” This type of consciousness does not judge, fear, suspect, fret, or get lost in emotional turmoil. When we bring ourselves into our hearts and open to the greatness of our own Self, we realize that we have caused our own misery by continuing to live our lives by the “stories we tell ourselves.” These old worn out stories keep us activated emotionally because we keep tapping back to those earlier fears, hurts, anger and upsets and memories. We “tell ourselves” that this is “just like when……” and our emotions are off and running away with us again. So, it really pays for us to learn tools that will help us to get back into our hearts and become more mindful.

Mindfulness is making big headlines all over the world right now. They are teaching these techniques to children in grammar schools (ok, the progressive ones!), which is teaching these children how to gain control over their emotions and anxieties. Slowing down our minds is not only a cool thing to do, but it actually rewires your brain to be less reactive to situations that would formerly set you off! How cool is that?!

You can refresh your memory or read for the first time my information on Mindfulness on my website–here’s the link:

And even better than reading the article, I have included a link that will give you six (6) fantastic Mindfulness Meditations for FREE (compliments of Ram Dass and Sounds True). These meditations are led by leaders in the movement, so we are so fortunate to get these free!
Tracks include:

1. “Breathing Meditation” by Jack Kornfield from Meditation for Beginners

2. “Meditation for Relaxation” by Shinzen Young from Meditation

3. “Mindfulness Meditation” by Kelly McGonigal from The Neuroscience of Change

4. “A Pause for Presence” by Tara Brach from Mindfulness Meditation

5. “Meditation on Compassion” by Sharon Salzberg from Guided Meditations for Love and Wisdom

6. “The Healing Lake Meditation” by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Andrew Weil, MD from Meditation for Optimum Health

Enjoy the meditations and send me an email or comment on my blog. Let me know how these tools are working for you.