Here are some notes I offer students of meditation with a reading list:
Guidelines for Meditation
- Don’t try! (don’t try to meditate, to breathe, to have enlightenment…)
- There is no correct experience
- Have a beginner’s mind
- Let your thoughts be a passing parade: don’t jump into the parade, but turn your attention back to the practice.
The Power of Now ISBN 0-7336-1912-6
A New Earth ISBN 0-718-14857-6
Practicing the Power of Now ISBN 0-7336-1454-X
Loving What Is ISBN 0-7126-2930-0
I Need Your Love ISBN 184413026-6
Learning to Stay, – and anything else by her – in print or on audio book
Anthony De Milo
Awareness ISBN 0-00-627519-2
Thich Nat Hanh
The Miracle of Mindfulness ISBN 0-8070-1239-4
Here is a link to the short, simple instructions for Jin Shin Jyitsu meditation – which is all you really need. The instructions are to effortlessly count 9 exhalations while holding each of the finger positions on each hand. That’s it! You can repeat it twice or more times.
Here is a full explanation of Jin Shin Jyitsu, a meditation practice that I have taught to over 12,000 students. It is wonderfully simple. Everyone ‘gets’ it; it is easy and enjoyable.
I teach the very ancient breathing lesson from Yoga’s Pranayama, which reminds us to breathe well and amplify our vitality while relaxing. This is invaluable for everyone.
The Heartmath Institute offers great insights into the connection between the heart and the brain – see there YouTube channel here and try this simple and helpful short meditation to improve your heart’s coherence.
Here is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist mantra chant which I love, Simhamukha.
I use this practice often – it makes life better quickly – and seems to launch a cascade of grateful happy hormones into my blood when I embark on it: Fritz Smith teaching Today is Today
Alexander Technique teaches this simple breathing practice to relax the vocal cords and quieten the mind and body, called “the Whispered Ah”