At Mindful, we aim to connect you with the resources you need to develop and strengthen your meditation practice. We know that meditation isn’t always easy—that’s why we’ve created step-by-step instructions to guide you through each practice. Whether you’re new to meditation or have been practicing for years, our resources give you the space to slow down, connect, and refresh.
This year, we provided meditations on how to tame the inner critic, tune into the body, sleep better, sit with change, and practice loving-kindness.
The Most Popular Meditations From 2019
1. A Body Scan for Beginners
The body scan practice helps you reconnect and relax from head to toe. Elaine Smookler walks us through the basics in this beginners practice.
2. A Meditation to Tame Your Inner Critic
The next time your self-doubt becomes too loud, explore this 12-minute meditation from Mark Bertin to confront the nagging voice in your head.
3. Loving-Kindness Meditation to Cultivate Resilience
By taking the time to remind yourself that you deserve happiness and ease, you can foster greater self-compassion and call upon it when times get tough.
4. A One-Minute Grounding Meditation in Nature
This short and simple breathing practice brings your focus to the present moment and helps you connect with the nature that surrounds you.
5. A Meditation to Shift Out of “Doing” Mode
When we’re too busy, we tend to go into auto-pilot and only focus on “doing,”—rather than being in the moment. This meditation helps you slow down and simply be.
Noticing self-perpetuating thought patterns is a core mindfulness skill. Take a moment to examine how it feels to disengage from a busy mind and shift into “being” mode. Read More
6. A Body Scan Meditation for Better Sleep
Many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re often tossing and turning in the middle of the night, explore this guided meditation to soothe a busy mind.
7. A Meditation to Rest in the Flow
Change is constant, but that doesn’t make it any easier to get used to. Here, Ed Halliwell encourages us to let go of control in order to relieve our anxiety.
8. A Meditation to Foster Forgiveness
Holding a grudge may feel good for now, but it hurts us in the long run. By practicing forgiveness, we can open up space for something new to unfold.
9. A Meditation to Observe Thoughts, Non-Judgmentally
This meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn encourages us to let thoughts come and go, without rushing to act on them or solve anything.
10. A Meditation to Rest in Awareness
By expanding our awareness, we can let go of fixed assumptions and avoid rushing to conclusions, so we can see things as they really are.
When we meditate, we inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives: We lower our stress levels, we get to know our pain, we connect better, we improve our focus, and we’re kinder to ourselves. Let us walk you through the basics in our new mindful guide on how to meditate. Read More