Meditation has finally made it into the mainstream. Magazines and blogs, newscasts, hospital MBSR programs, corporate mindfulness programs… it’s everywhere. Given the pace of life, the demands of work and family, it’s no wonder people are looking for a way to de-stress. While we don’t all have the luxury of being able to elminate, or even significantly reduce the stressors in our lives, among its many benefits meditation can indeed help with addressing the experience of stress.
However, for many, learning to meditate can become just one more cause of stress. Fortunately, there are tools and techniques that can help make getting started a little easier.
On this page I will be adding information and links to resources you may find useful. Some are created by me, and others are tools I’ve come across in my own explorations both on my own and with clients.
Muse is a pretty cool meditation aid. The Muse headband pairs with an app on your iPhone or Android phone. You listen to a guided meditation while the headband monitors your brainwaves, and the soundtrack you’re listening to adjusts to let you know when you’re brain is being active, or is settling down. It’s pretty cool. I’d say the only thing to be aware of is not to get drawn into experiencing it as becoming another goal directed activity — “I’ve got to get more bird sounds this time!”