Find your Zen place with free guided meditations that you can start today
You have heard about the benefits of meditation, always wanted to try, but never found the time. Is now a good time to try and carve out a little space for mindfulness and self-care? If you are like the majority of people impacted by COVID19 shelter in place order, you are stuck at home alone or trying not to fight with your roommates or significant other. You may even have kids out of school, which means you could be in desperate need of some zen time.
Why Do People Meditate?
Meditation is the practice of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. Many people have turned to mediation as a way to reduce stress, overthinking and develop a stronger ability to focus. Mediation is also used to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings, inspire positive mood and outlook on life, healthy sleeping patterns, amongst other things.
Free Guided Mediations
If you are new to mediation, you may need a little guidance to get started. Follow @ReceptraNaturals on Instagram and watch for free, live guided meditations. In addition, here are some free resources to help you with your mediation practice.
Headspace: Easy to Use App
Headspace is a popular mediation app that offers up to two weeks of free guided meditations that revolve around a variety of intentions such as restful sleep, increased confidence, and better focus. https://www.headspace.com/
Calm: Mediation and More
Calm touts the honor of being the #1 mediation app. They offer a week free, but along with mediation also have several otters features including guided stretches, nature sounds, and soothing music. https://www.calm.com/
Jay Shetty: No Subscription Required
Jay Shetty is an award-winning host, content creator and former monk whose focus is viral wisdom. He is hosting free, live guided mediation sessions on his Facebook and Instagram for 20 days, starting March 20th, but the videos also recorded so you can catch up anytime. https://www.facebook.com/JayShettyIW/live_videos/
Insight Timer: Over 30,000 Free Options
Insight Timmer has over 30,000 free mediation sessions available. It is not necessary to create an account to access these if you are using a computer, though there is an app available as well. https://insighttimer.com/
Smiling Mind: Something for the Kids too
Smiling Mind may be the app of choice if you have children at home because they also have mediation options for your little ones to help them cope with some of the same things you are experiencing. https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app
Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra: Timely Messages
Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra have been collaborating on 21-day mediation experiences since 2012 and every so often they offer a free one. They are well done and worth the listen. There is no obligation to submit a credit card and you will be on the list to here of future free mediations. https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience
No Experience Necessary
Mediation is not an exact science and it may not be easy the first time. Don’t get discouraged. Also, remember that your first mediation does not need to be an hour long. Shoot for 10 minutes and see how you do. If you only make it five, that’s ok too. Go at a pace that is comfortable for you. We hope that this list of free guided mediations is helpful, and if you have questions, please reach out. We do have experts who can help (yes, even with your mediation practice.).
"Life is optimism or pessimism. We have the right to our own ratio. Mindfulness helps us accept our current ratio and rebalance toward our ideal ratio." - Jonathan Roberts, Mediation Coach.