Hello and Happy Monday,
It's so wonderful to be home. We had a fun-filled hectic week and I'm back leading Yoga Teacher Training this week.
We are still on the 7th limb (of 8), dhyana (meditation). There are so many types of meditation. When I googled types of meditation, lots of pages came up - "the four types of meditation", "the 16 kinds of meditation", Buddhist Meditation, then different forms of meditation. There is a lot of information out there and it's great. Science is proving how beneficial meditation can be to our overall health and meditation apps are gaining popularity. The ones I know of are Headspace, Calm and Insight Timer. Insight Timer is my favorite. The free option has over 30,000 meditations, for beginners to meditation, anxiety, stress, sleep, relationships and more and range from 5 min to over an hour. I've used Insight Timer for 2 years and love not just their guided meditations, but also the timer, where you can set the duration, sound or no sound and a starting and/or ending bell.
One of my favorite meditations is Metta meditation. Metta is a concentrated practice of loving-kindness. It helps remind me to be compassionate to myself and to others. It's my go-to meditation whenever I am feeling at a loss or whenever I feel like sitting to meditate. I don't ever worry that I'll get it wrong or I'll mess up, instead I just do what I can.
As things get more hectic, the end of the year, school parties, office parties, winter break, kids home, traveling, holidayness, meditation can help ease the stress of all of that. A long time ago I read it wasn't what meditation did, it was what it took away, anger, sadness, stress, fatigue that was even more beneficial.
I have just a few guided meditations on my webpage - and if you have 9 minutes, please give this one a listen: MEDITATE