Sample Guided Meditation:
Yoga Nidra - "yogic sleep" which is a form of deep meditation. This video is perfect for any time you are trying to fall asleep.
(Scroll down on each page to access the free meditation links)
Meditation for stress - "simply taking the time to pause and rest the mind"
Meditation for sleep - "be less in our head and more aware of the present moment"
Meditation for focus - "your performance and your ability to learn new things both depend on your focus"
Meditation for anxiety - "Through meditation, we familiarize ourselves with anxiety-inducing thoughts and storylines. We learn to see them, sit with them, and let them go. In doing so, we learn two important things: thoughts do not define us, and thoughts are not real. Within this newfound perspective, we are able to gradually change our relationship with anxiety, differentiating between what is an irrational episode and what’s true."
The Free Mindfulness Project - Various short mindfulness exercises which focus on bringing awareness to the process of breathing.
Tara Brach, Ph.D. - A widely followed Buddhist meditation teacher, Tara Brach offers free audio talks and guided meditations.
Meditation websites and resources:
Headspace - "Learn to meditate and live mindfully". Hundreds of guided sessions to help reduce stress and anxiety, and to improve sleep and focus. Short sessions perfect for a busy schedule. Sign up is free.
Calm - Meditation and mindfulness app, with hundreds of guided meditations, meditation music tracks, mindful movements, and gentle stretching videos to help manage anxiety, reduce stress, and sleep better. Free trial available.
The Free Mindfulness Project - Provides mindfulness resources, including guided meditations, that can be freely downloaded.
Tara Brach, Ph.D. - "Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering."
Mindfulness - A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World - Free downloads of a number of mindfulness practices to accompany the book of the same title.
The Mindful Way Through Anxiety - Free downloads of a number of mindfulness practices to accompany the book of the same title. To stream guided meditations, go to “Exercises” on the website.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D. - Writes extensively on mindfulness, happiness, and emotional well being. His site features audio and video talks and lectures. He offers a free weekly e-newsletter.
Kristen Neff, Ph.D. - Researcher, author, and teacher on mindful self-compassion. Her site features free guided meditations and exercises on self-compassion.