Mindfulness: Getting Started

Here's a selection of audio, video, and other resources on basic meditation. 

Illustration by Missy Chimovitz

Never lose sight of the basics. Bookmark this page and send it to friends. Below you'll find some of our touchstone articles on mindfulness practice. You'll want to come back here time and again to keep your daily practice well-tuned.


How do I sit?
Andy Puddicombe, founder of the Headspace meditation app, explains how to sit when you meditate. Headspace has also partnered with The Guardian to produce The Headspace Meditation podcasts: five free podcasts exploring mindfulness in other facets: mindful eating, mindful commuting, walking, sleep, etc. 

Guided Breathscape
Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), takes us through a 20-minute meditation focusing on the breath. 

The Body Scan Practice
Elisha Goldstein, Mindful's Mental Health blogger, takes us through a 10-minute body scan practice you can try lying down or sitting in a chair. 


Free guided meditations from UCLA
Each week has a different theme, and usually includes some introductory comments, a guided meditation, some silent practice time, and closing comments. Presented by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

UCSD Center for Mindfulness
Guided audio files for practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. 

Basic mediation with Tara Brach
Free meditations that you can stream or download.

Contemplative Mind in Society
Guided practices from from Mirabai Bush, the center's director, Diana Winston from UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, and Arthur Zajonc, president of the Mind & Life Institute.

Insight Meditation Society 
Selected talks, podcasts, and audio streams, including various lengths of guided meditation. 


So you want to start practicing meditation, but need to know the very basics—like how to sit. Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn offers helpful tips for beginners.

Five Steps to Mindfulness
“Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.” Mindfulness can transform your life. Meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five exercises to help you live with joy.

Body and Mind Integration
Yoga practice and meditation work extremely well together, say Cyndi Lee and David Nichtern. They show us how.

Is it working?
So you're practicing mindfulness, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like it's working. That's natural. In order to stay on track, says Donald Altman, it's important to stop now and then and recalibrate your thinking. Here's how.

Setting up a Mindfulness Meditation Group
Betsy Nelson on how she did it, why it helps, and how you can too.

This web extra provides additional information related to an article titled, "How to Meditate: Start Here," which appeared in the April 2014 issue of Mindful magazine.
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