The Latest: Chanting Chakras (with Guitar)– (16:55) We will chant syllables for each of seven chakras. There is a brief instruction before each chant. You can chant along, or just listen. There is a lot of theory on each chakra, but you can think of this as a body scan, where you place your attention on each area with the intention for well-being and integration with your whole body. Try to imagine that when you inhale, you are breathing into that area, and the sound is reverberating there. You can go at your own pace or chant when I chant. Thanks to Vic_B for the beautiful image for insight timer! IT, youtube
~~~~~~~~meditations below mostly in order by length~~~~~~~~
1 Minute Meditation, 2 Minute Meditation, 3 Minute Meditation, 4 Minute Meditation …. A series of meditations designed to illustrate how much can be accomplished in a short time with some devotion and attention. The inspired meditator is pointed to the enormity of the smallest instant of time, and the immeasurable speed and scope of the mind. Each successive meditation contains more guidance, but also more silence for practice. Thanks to Reimund Bertrams, Gerd Altmann, TheFunkyPixel, and Rick Brown for the wonderful images for Insight Timer. 1minyoutube 1minInsightTimer, 2minYT 2minIT, 3minYT 3minIT, 4minYT 4minIT
Creativity, Bravery, Fulfillment- a Seat at God’s Table (8min) This meditation promotes the idea of taking ourselves seriously, of our inherent worthiness to take a seat at God’s table in the glory of this creation. Using inspirational imagery and breath meditation, this short sitting is an uplifting script for any time of day or night. IT, YT
Held by the Breath- (8 min) Break down the barriers of your everyday conception of the breath, the body, the mind, and the world that surrounds you, in this brief but powerful, breath-focused meditation. Allow yourself to be refreshed by the simple power of the breath. Thanks to Arek Socha for the image for Insight Timer.
Meditation with “On Death,” by Kahlil Gibran (~9min) This meditation is similar to some of my others in that we set up an intentional posture and connect with our breathing, but the intention and reflections are around the idea of death, and in the middle of the meditation, I read Kahlil Gibran’s piece, “On Death,” to aid in our reflection. I hope that it is a source of comfort and strength for you when you need it.
Cultivating Good Will (For Children and Older) (9:15) I wrote this meditation while thinking about how important it is for people to have a sense of good will for themselves, and that this sense can be instilled or neglected very early in life. By using some techniques I use in my everyday meditation practice, I tried to create a guided meditation that is accessible to any child who is old enough to follow along for about 9 minutes. I hope you and your children find this meditation useful! The background music is an excerpt from “Our Peaceful Ocean,” by Music of Wisdom https://www.musicofwisdom.com/. On youtube
Mindfulness of Breathing (~10 min)- This is a short, simple mindfulness of breathing meditation based on the first tetrad of the Anapanasati Sutta (mindfulness of in and out breathing). This teaching instructs the practitioner to begin with awareness of the breath, then become aware of the entire body, and finally to calm “bodily fabrication.” This can be a useful meditation all on its own, or could be a good way to get calm and centered before other practices. I hope you find it useful! youtube
Mindfulness of Breathing 2 (16.40) This continues where my last meditation- “Mindfulness of Breathing”- left off. The first is based on the first tetrad of Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing), and is focused on calming “bodily fabrications.” This is based on the second tetrad, and culminates with calming “mental fabrications.” Enjoy! youtube
Provisions on the Path (~10min)- This meditation was transcribed and edited from an Insight Timer Live session on November 21st, 2021. A dharma talk and meditation combined- in some traditions the dharma talk happens as the practitioners meditate, allowing the talk to guide them when needed, whenever it enters their awareness. In this meditation we consider the inconstant nature of things- despite impermanence we prepare with provisions for the path. This brings to mind another word- provisional. It’s temporary, but what will suffice? What skillful choices can we make in thought and action on a path to happiness instead of misery.
Sleep Meditation, Sleep Meditation (No Music) (~10min.)- These are brief meditations (same script, one without music) to prepare the mind and body for a restful night sleep with a body scan and some inspirational words about the natural condition of sleep.
Grow Your Goodness Into The World– (10:50) This meditation was transcribed and edited from an Insight Timer Live Session that some people wished to have for continued practice. Sometimes the subject matter and mood during a session just gives power and connectivity to the guided meditation that unfolds, though in many ways it’s very similar to many other guided meditations I lead. I transcribed and edited the talk that preceded it as well, and you can find that here. Listen to the audio on youtube.
Mindfulness and the Fortress (11 min)- Mindfulness is a fortress gatekeeper- a tricky job. Sometimes it’s obvious what is for the good, but a good con artist can appear beneficial, and a beneficent person might be shy, or strange. Such is our inner world. We can convince ourselves to have thoughts and actions that harm us, neglecting the beneficial ones. Training our mind to stay with objects such as breath and good will, we grow our capacity for concentration and insight. In this way, a good gatekeeper is a benefit to our being.
Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati) (11:11)- This meditation is based on one I led in a live session following a talk on the anapanasati sutta- the Buddhist teaching on mindfulness of breathing. The rising and falling breath is maintained as a consistent object to train the attention and develop concentration. This leads to our increasing ability to witness what is occurring within- in body, feelings, mind- giving us greater inner authority.
Cultivating Compassion (For Children, etc) (12 min)- Compassion is an extension of good will which arises when we witness pain in the world and we’d like it to end. The meditation follows a similar pattern to my meditation, “Cultivating Good Will,” but will require a little more attention. I hope you and your children find this meditation useful! The background music is an excerpt from “Deep into Nature,” by Music of Wisdom https://www.musicofwisdom.com/.
A Glimpse into Timeless Awareness (12:28) This meditation begins with our typical concentration/mindfulness of breathing practice, and then we use our memory to see how there’s an aspect of awareness that appears to be unchanged by time. Bringing more spaciousness to our mind space can be a useful tool for a more peaceful and fulfilling life.
Meditate to Sleep For Children (& Adults) (No Music)– (12.5 min.) Same as above, music removed.
2020.01.21 The Peak of this Moment (12:41)- Some guidance followed by a “meditation poem” for inspiration. Enjoy!
Body Scan– (~13min) A short body scan, using the breath, and beginning with a brief invocation of good will.
Sympathetic Joy (Mudita) -(13:30)- There is joy in this world, arrived at through skillful means, which does not harm other beings in its acquisition; this is the type of joy which can become limitless, which can be shared without diminishing. This meditation encourages the practitioner to look into the world, and into themselves, to find and share in this joy. on yt, IT
Cathedral of Awareness (14:00) This practice blends breath meditation and visualization to give the meditator an opportunity to craft their own inner space. The metaphor of a cathedral is used to illustrate the possibility of cultivating great scope and sacredness of that inner space through practice. On yt, IT
A Beautiful Place– (15 min.) A meditation which considers that the heart/mind is like a natural setting, and with wise cultivation, it can be a beautiful place which can be with us always. There are a few separate reflections with some silence in between. On yt, IT
Five Spiritual Faculties (Strengths, Powers) (15 min.)- This meditation may be best (not necessarily) for practitioners with some experience, because it presumes some familiarity with “mindfulness of breathing.” The five faculties are conviction (faith, confidence), energy, mindfulness, concentration, and discernment. This is not an exhaustive look at the five faculties, but my distillation for the purpose of a guided meditation. I recommend the work of Thanissaro Bhikkhu for further study. youtube
Metta- Good Will is Available (15 min.)-This is a brief meditation and reflection on Metta, or Good Will- one of the four Brahmaviharas, or divine abodes, described in Buddhist scripture. The meditation centers on using the image of a kind benefactor in our life to stimulate the feeling of good will, which can then be cultivated into a limitless state. I close by reciting the Metta Sutta. This is one of a series of meditations I am recording “live” in my living room. yt, IT
Seven Factors of Awakening 15 Minute Version– This is the same script as the 27 minute version with less space in between descriptions. This can be useful if you have less time, or if you are using the guidance just at the beginning of a longer silent meditation. On yt, IT
Generating Stability (15:30) This meditation begins with a careful look at the posture, followed by suffusing the body with awareness using breath as a guide. I use the theme of stability to further illustrate the potential of meditation to create a platform for personal power. On yt, IT
Authority of Well-Being (16:38) This is an improvised meditation taken and edited from my “free form meditations”- while I often will write a script based on a concept I want to express, I also like to record some meditations straight from my own present experience and practice. Occasionally I come across one that I think worked well. I hope you like it! On IT, yt, LBRY
Meditate to Sleep For Children (& Adults) – (17 min.) Designed with kids in mind, but good for adults too. A body scan and some fun with the imagination, created in collaboration with my son, who enjoys falling to sleep to other guided meditations and visualizations.
Body Sensations Meditation– (18 min.) This can be used as a meditation on just neutral or pleasant body sensations, or it can be used to work with pain. It embraces the idea that the more intimate we are with the sensation, whether it is positive, negative, or neutral, the better we are able to understand and work with it in our lives.
Total Wellness Body Scan– (18 min.) This body scan has a foundation in breath meditation and gives some guidance on how one can begin to use intention in their meditation to achieve a feeling of greater wellness in body and mind. On yt, IT
Breath Meditation With Body Scan– (20 min.) This is an improvised meditation rather than one I read from a script, in an attempt to really draw from my own practice.
Breath- Witness and Shepherd (20min) -This is primarily a mindfulness of breathing meditation, spoken without a script. In the beginning I briefly describe the technique “connected breathing,” which consists of full breaths without pause in between and allowing the exhalation to flow out purely from the relaxation of the diaphragm. As the title suggests, the meditation encourages both witnessing and gently encouraging movement of the breath and awareness, and the merging of all of these elements. At one point I mention Mara- a Buddhist demon; you can simply think of him as the personification of forces that pull you away from becoming awake- he wields the hindrances. yt, IT
Seven Factors of Awakening Meditation-(27 min.) There are many great teachers with deeper understanding of this teaching, but this is one way in which it is meaningful to me. I hope you enjoy.
Reflection on Gratitude and the Six Sense Spheres– This is a repetitive script which runs through each of the six sense spheres (sense bases, sense media)- sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, mind objects- with a brief reflection designed to elicit gratitude and generosity of spirit for the benefit of all beings. It’s more of a reflection which may be helpful in setting up for a meditation, or just something to give a lift any time of day. Enjoy!
Some additional Free form guided meditations
Visit my IT Live page for an archive of some live sessions with guided meditations, talks, and readings.