When I first started meditating, I wasn't sure how to do it, or if I was doing it "right" (I know now that there isn't really a right or wrong way when it comes to meditating). In my quest to learn more about it and how to do it, I found a few resources that really helped me discover what worked for me and what I enjoyed, and I use these resources still now, especially when I'm tired or in need of support.
My favourite resources for meditation:
Tahlee makes music for meditation and it is MAGICAL! I have listened to her albums Allied Forces and Spectrum countless times, and they never fail to help me chill out and find a bit of peace. Her new album Luminous is uplifting and relaxing at the same time. Check her out and be prepared to be blwon away. Make sure you use headphones when you listen.
Claire's album of guided meditations take the guess work out of meditating. There are basic meditations and meditations for a specific purpose, and they are all around 10 minutes long. She also has lots of resources on her blog about meditation and often runs a yearly meditation challenge. I've found her tracks really helpful in determining what kind of meditation works for me, as well as using specific meditations for something I'm working on. You can find the album in her shop.
Yoga Nidra by Swami Pragyamurti Saraswati
While slightly different from traditional meditation, yoga nidra usually has the same effect for me, so I include it in my "meditation practice" category. This is a great CD with several different tracks so you won't get bored of them. I always feel really refreshed after listening and often use yoga nidra for relaxation when travelling or for an energy boost when I'm tired. It's said that a 30 minute practice of yoga nidra is equivalent to a few hours of quality sleep, and I love how I feel after listening. Swami Pragyamurti also has the most beautiful voice.
Meditation Made Easy by Stephanie Brookes
This is a great book with lots of different meditation options. A good transition for when you want to meditate without a guide, but still need guidance. There are lots of tops about how to meditate, different kinds of meditations, and meditations for specific purposes. It's easy to understand and laid out in a way that you can easily dip in and out or read the whole book cover to cover. I refer back to it often, both for my own practice, and to get ideas for teaching.
I'd love to hear about any meditation resources you've found! Let me know in the comments, or use #meditateoctober.