Mindfulness and Meditation Resources
If you are open to exploring mindfulness, below are links to centers that offer free access to guided meditations of varied lengths to sample. Diana Winston’s videos through UCLA’s MARC offer insight into mindful awareness if you are looking for a general introduction. I recommend starting with one of the shorter guided meditations to try and squeeze into your morning routine. You’ll find several below that are 5-6 minutes or under. If you are up for a longer challenge, then UCLA’s MARC offers a 30 minute series from their Hammer museum podcasts or UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness offers 30-45 minute meditations as well.
University of California Los Angeles - Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)
Their mission "...is to disseminate mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research."
Introduction to Mindfulness videos with Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Mindful Awareness Center
UCLA Health Lectures: Introduction to Mindful Awareness (video 60:16)
TEDx: The Practice of Mindfulness (video 17:08) - Shorter introduction talk
MARC’s Free Guided Meditations List - Explore this audio series with Diana Winston also available in Espanol including these sample meditations:
Body and Sound Meditation (3:06)
Body Scan Meditation (2:44)
Breathing Meditation (5:31)
Body Scan for Sleep (13:00)
Meditation for Working with Difficulties (7:00)
MARC Weekly Podcasts at the Hammer Museum - Archived guided audio meditation roughly 30 minutes in length. Sample topics include:
Working With Automatic Thoughts About Difficult People
Saying No Mindfully
Mindfulness: Basics & Benefits
Gratitude Amidst Challenges
Living in the Moment
The University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness
Free guided meditations - Offers audio meditations of different lengths from a number of contributors. Sample meditations include: 10 Minute Wisdom Meditation, 20 Minute Body Scan, 30 Minute Seated Meditation, or 45 Minute Open Awareness Meditation.
Center for Healthy Minds - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Healthy Mind Innovations - Your Well-Being Toolkit
Guided Practice: Focus on Breath - An informal practice for your well-being at work (audio 6:06)
Guided Practice: Break for a Body Scan - A brief practice aimed at promoting well-being (audio 8:15)
Mindful Magazine- mindful.org (Subscription available)
"Mindful is the voice of the emerging mindfulness community. We’re the place to go for insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully."
Bring These Guided Meditations Outside with You - “Explore these mindfulness practices you can do in a park, on a walk, or sitting in your own backyard.”
How to Keep Your Brain Fit as You Get Older
Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing - Mindfulness
University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
Spirituality & Health Magazine - SpiritualityHealth.com (Subscription available)
"[They] cover a broad range of topics under the umbrella of health and spirituality, which can include faith, Eastern philosophy, meditation, and mainstream religion; nutrition, wellness, yoga, and holistic medicine..."
Why We Need to Stop - Find ways to pause, rest, and be mindful.
YogaJournal - YogaJournal.com (Subscription available)
"...Yoga Journal engages it's print, online and live audience with top teacher insights and in-depth reporting on poses, breathing, meditation, nutrition, health, trends and more."
Yale Stress Center -Yale School of Medicine
Provides online Resources "...on stress, its symptoms, and useful tips on how to manage it effectively.
Mindfulness Tools, Stress Management Tips, Assessment of your Stress.
UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center - A non-profit center dedicated to the science and practice of well-being.
Greater Good Magazine: Science-based insights for a meaningful life - This free online Magazine covers topics including mind-body, parenting & family, relationships, and the workplace.
If Stressful Times Are Coming, What Can You Do?
Five Ways Mindfulness Meditation Is Good for Your Health
Greater Good in Action - Online library of research-tested practices for a happier and more compassionate life.
The Science of Happiness - Is a free online 8 week course "...to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life." Check their page for updates when the next course starts.
Thnx4.org - A mobile-friendly online gratitude journal challenge, register and choose either 10-day or 21-day experience. Sign up and participate as an individual or host a group challenge. "Thnx4 is based on three decades of research on gratitude, and the benefits of gratitude journaling in particular, which suggest that regularly reflecting upon and expressing thanks can have profound benefits on one’s social, emotional, and physical well-being."
The Future of Wellbeing: A Conversation with Deepak Chopra (video 59.50)
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
During this Sept 12, 2018 webcast, Deepak Chopra discussed the most compelling ways to ensure a sustainable healthy life and how chronic stress can undermine health.