Right after I posted about Sally Kempton’s awesome book Meditation for the Love of It, I fell for Amazon’s “three free months of Audible” offer and lo, I found this:
This audio recording, about 2 hours long, distills most of the really good stuff from Kempton’s book, and includes tons of exercises – and it’s all ready by Sally Kempton herself, in a soothing, gentle voice that is perfect for helping you glide into a meditative state. (There are clips available so you know what you’re getting into – there’s nothing worse than starting a guided med only to find out Mickey Mouse’s helium-addled cousin is leading it.)
I’ve been working my way through it and taking copious notes as I go; I’ve also gone back and used a couple of tracks for my meditative practice on nights it was hard to get there on my own.
Meanwhile, back in the land of free stuff, I happened across a cool Goddess meditation on YouTube (several, actually, but I’m still listening to them to see which I like). The sound isn’t the best on this one, so it’s better to have playing over speakers rather than earphones, but it’s well-paced and has familiar, easily accessible imagery to work with. It’s basically just a short journey to spend time with the Goddess in whatever guise you need.
YouTube is loaded with guided meditations, meditative music, and other free resources to help support your practice regardless of your tradition or lack thereof. Whether you want a big long astral journey, a daily grounding, or just some nice woo-woo music and nature sounds, YouTube’s got you covered. There’s a form of meditation out there for everyone, and thanks to YouTube you can play with different types and find what speaks to you. Some examples:
9 hours of “Celtic” meditation music (I’m not going to vouch for its authenticity, but it is pretty):
A good old-fashioned Pagan-style grounding led by Starhawk herself:
Another nice grounding/relaxation with soothing imagery:
And of course, if all else fails there’s always…
Breathe in strength…breathe out bullshit.
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