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Hi all,

 

What are your favourite meditation tools & resources?

 

I'm thinking books, apps, websites, tech, and people. I've listed three of mine below, and would be very interested in learning about yours!

 

1. Headspace app. This is a great freemium app for anyone looking for a guided meditation series - particularly beginners. I've only ever tried the first module, but found it really helpful.

2. Kim Nicol. Kim teaches meditation, and also writes about meditation and mindfulness in a way that is easy to understand. She is a lovely writer, and has shared a few free guided meditations that you might find useful. A good starting article might be "What meditation looks like".

3. A journal. I record two things after I meditate: (1) a short meditation reflection, and (2) a gratitude list. Taking the time to reflect has been really helpful, plus it encourages me to keep the "meditation chain" unbroken.

 

Your turn! What would you add to this list?

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A Timer / Reminder App!

 

And myself:

The ultimate meditation ressource is your brain ;).

 

I did use Apps and tools and everything for some time. They are nice. Guided meditations are a good start, too!

 

 

The journal is a great idea!  I already finish with  compassion, forgiveness and gratitude.

It feels just right to have a journal about meditation, too.

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@Girl-Meet-World: I've heard great things about the Calm app! Their website is also super lovely. I'll need to give that a try sometime. Is it a freemium model, like Headspace?

 

@Sunmage: Ooh, I like the idea of setting a meditation reminder! I use the iPhone clock to time myself during silent meditation.

 

And yes to your brain! Guided meditations are great, but it's nice not to be reliant on them. Great tips!

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I follow Bexlife (she is on youtube, & has a website) She has some great beginner's tools and guided meditations. :)

I also love Grace Smith, though she is more on the holistic healing side of things - leans towards self-hypnosis rather than meditation. (Though they are super similar.) I tune into her periscope which she does a free guided session weekdays at 12 eastern, I believe? I usually catch the vids after she has done them. 

 

ANYWAY - yeah, as someone new to mediation, guides help a lot. (Also, lots of lovely resources in this thread, thank you!)

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Thank you for this. It is exactly what I was looking for.

 

I've been using it for ... I wanna say a year now. I skip around and try others -- just tried Headspace, e.g. -- and I keep coming back to SB&T. Glad you found it useful as well.

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I tried the timer reminders, but this did not work beyond...one day? :\

 

The journal idea sounds like it could work for me, though, because I tend to write things down obsessively. It's something I can try, at the very least. Just like I tried the timer, but hopefully with better results.

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Maybe worth adding to the list:  I've used a few of these previously for a short guided meditation, and they're free mp3's for whatever device you want them on.
Yoga Nidra

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I really like the journal idea! I'll need to give that a try.

 

I generally practice Soto Zen.  I was taught by my cousin (Rich Christofferson) who is an actual Zen master:

 

 

 

 

*** PODCASTS ***

 

Dharma Talks by Tenshin Roshi (Soto Zen): http://zmc.org/podcast

Audio Dharma: http://www.audiodharma.org/

A lot of folk like Tara Brach. I can see why, but she doesn't do anything for me.

 

 

*** APPS ***

 

I use Zazen Meditation Timer app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.gaffga.android.zazentimer

 

I tried both Headspace and Calm.  I'm one of the few who've had a 'meh' reaction to both.

 

 

*** PHYSICAL RESOURCES ***

 

On my cousin's recommendation, I got this Zafu/Zabuton meditation pad.  If you're all legs (like me), then get the jumbo size.

http://www.dharmacrafts.com/102xZZ/Zafu-Zabuton-Sets.html

One of the things I like about Soto Zen is that it's sparse with paraphernalia.  I don't own chimes, crystals, incense, and such.  I find it to be clutter, which is (in my opinion) not very Zen.

 

I hope this helps!

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Resurrecting this thread in case anyone is looking for resources:

 

If metrics are your thing (which I'm fairly confident they are for most nerds), check out Insight Timer for iOS and Android. Great tool for tracking your meditation progress and also dialing into a community of meditators from different disciplines all over the world. Plus, it's LOADED with tons of free audio mediation guides.

http://www.insighttimer.com

 

I like this app and found it through the Insight Meditation community:

http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org
 

The Insight Meditation Center has some wonderful, free, non-religious programs to introduce oneself to Meditation and a great community to help support ones progress and answer questions.

 

But my real touchstone is the Insight Timer app. Over the last year development was taken over by a new team of dedicated meditators. They are really doing great things with it. To create a space within the app for Nerd Fitness mediations practitioners, I started a Nerd Fitness Group. The app has tons of groups dedicated to a variety of subject matter. In the Nerd Fitness Group, you'll be able to dial-in to other Nerd Fitness members, easily become meditating friends, talk NF and Mediation, and be notified when a NF friend is meditating.

 

If all that sounds like way too much, know that everything in the app is customizable. So if you want to just use it as a timer, you can set it up for just that. However, if you want a full blown community experience and receive feedback for the milestones in your practice, all that comes enabled by default.

 

I can't really think of a nerdier way of meditating.

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On 12/29/2015 at 10:20 PM, Ballad said:

I'm thinking books, apps, websites, tech, and people...

 

 

I think a yoga mat, or an activity that is safe but difficult enough to require all your attention, is the best meditation aid available.  When you're entirely focused on the exertion, the breath, or your balance, all the mental crap falls away.  Once you 'feel' that, it's far easier to meditate in stillness.

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A timer app is great to have.

 

If you are into vipassana meditation, these 2 kindle books are those I enjoyed the most so far:

Mindfulness in plain English: really good book in my opinion. I consult it often.

Vipassana, the journey of a thousand steps: It's more a story than an instruction book. You follow a woman during her 10 day meditation in a ashram. Following her experience helped me understand some things better. 

 

 

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Hi. I'm new to meditation because I'm looking for something that help me with some mental heatlh issues that I've got (I need to control my anxiety levels). For now, I'm using youtube videos with guided meditations, but they are in spanish and from a nerd point of view I've been reading books from www.sirimangalo.com. There are some resources for meditation learning that i find very good.

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I have found such variety in information on everything from astral projection to Zazen meditation. There are common threads throughout much of it, though finding material that has 1) applicable value, 2) freedom from dogma, 3) logical and coherent reasoning is insanely difficult! Here are a few things that I have been incorporating (successfully? VERY!) into my daily life for the last year.

 

Professional help - I have a very dear friend that is a hypnotherapist and a Reiki Master/Teacher (I just got my first Reiki attunement from him this last Sunday and have been practicing using it like crazy since. If you are unfamiliar as to what it is go to http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html ). The work he has done with me over the course of the last 14 months has been truly life changing. Beginning with anxiety over being myself and how I appear to others. Now delving into Self actualization and mind expansion. I'm no guru...yet...but sincerely, truly, I would not be where I am today without him. I do have a free sample audio recording of his for anyone who is interested.

 

Reading - I have favorites from all kinds of varied disciplines.

 

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki

I would give a synopsis, though Savejohn.com is much better suited to give additional clarification on the subject. Plus, I probably missed the point of something and might say something dumb.

 

Traditional Reiki for our Times - Amy Rowland

There is another book on the subject that is a little too preachy, not practical. Rowland talks about the origin of the discipline, practical/clinical application and moderate anecdotal stuff. But, for the nerd in me I like that it reads and flows more like a textbook. Not like the ones from high school, but in her natural progression from one topic to the next in a digestible way.

 

4 Hour 'Insert Subject Here' - Tim Ferris

Truly a mad genius that I admire and hope to meet one day. Pretty much everything I have taken away from his books and utilized for myself works. Like WORKS works. Most of it is easily achievable so long as Your Will is driving.

 

The Middle Pillar: The Balance Between Mind and Magick - Israel Regardie

Okay. So here is where I go into the World of the Arcane to find enlightenment. Regardie was the star pupil of Aleister Crowley *gasp*. (more info here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley) Madman, drug fiend, but remarkable nonetheless. Regardie's main function was to translate into workable language what Crowley taught. Below is an exercise from the book, most if not all of which was adapted from rituals performed by The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

 

There is such an endless variety of great books, articles, classes, retreats, people in your life - that you can look anywhere and find something! Just be careful as to what you're pondering. Ask yourself, "Is this Truth, or will I wind up like any villain from Indiana Jones?"

 

Practice, practice, practice - Never stop searching...wait...Better yet; Never stop learning/growing/evolving into Your true Self. If you keep searching forever you'll never find methods that work for you. It can be Yoga or Tai Chi, Zen meditation of any sort, ritual magick normally thought of by western society as nonsensical, "hippie drippy", New Age balderdash. I have always had a fondness for actual Druidry and shamanism, I am Irish after all and consider myself a Bard in the mystical sense, and it has been practiced for longer than recorded history.

 

"Realize yourself and others will notice." - Unknown (maybe me ;-)

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On 10/4/2016 at 12:39 AM, Ergolad said:

Resurrecting this thread in case anyone is looking for resources:

 

If metrics are your thing (which I'm fairly confident they are for most nerds), check out Insight Timer for iOS and Android. Great tool for tracking your meditation progress and also dialing into a community of meditators from different disciplines all over the world. Plus, it's LOADED with tons of free audio mediation guides.

http://www.insighttimer.com

 

I like this app and found it through the Insight Meditation community:

http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org
 

The Insight Meditation Center has some wonderful, free, non-religious programs to introduce oneself to Meditation and a great community to help support ones progress and answer questions.

 

But my real touchstone is the Insight Timer app. Over the last year development was taken over by a new team of dedicated meditators. They are really doing great things with it. To create a space within the app for Nerd Fitness mediations practitioners, I started a Nerd Fitness Group. The app has tons of groups dedicated to a variety of subject matter. In the Nerd Fitness Group, you'll be able to dial-in to other Nerd Fitness members, easily become meditating friends, talk NF and Mediation, and be notified when a NF friend is meditating.

 

If all that sounds like way too much, know that everything in the app is customizable. So if you want to just use it as a timer, you can set it up for just that. However, if you want a full blown community experience and receive feedback for the milestones in your practice, all that comes enabled by default.

 

I can't really think of a nerdier way of meditating.

I love insight timer i am glad you made a group for it. I just joined the group

 

 

 

 

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20 hours ago, williamnortham said:

I love insight timer i am glad you made a group for it. I just joined the group

 

 

 

 

Right on. I love the idea of a meditation community. Though sometimes I feel the spirit of meditation can be entangled in all the tech and chatter the app can enable… I've turned off many of the community features and start by going directly to meditation. I interact in the community aspects more actively as a separate session. See you on there!

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11 hours ago, Ergolad said:

Right on. I love the idea of a meditation community. Though sometimes I feel the spirit of meditation can be entangled in all the tech and chatter the app can enable… I've turned off many of the community features and start by going directly to meditation. I interact in the community aspects more actively as a separate session. See you on there!

I always turn off notification on apps. I don't want to hear beeps and buzzes while i am meditating or anything really. I don't know why people like notifications

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