Use these as a guide for Mindfulness Meditation from YouTube
I’ve heard that there is nothing new under the sun. In fact, just do a search on the Internet… Ah, the internet. That isn’t new. Merely improved technology. The “information highway” has been around from the very beginning. From the first time one human grunted and another looked to see what was going on, information has been shared. Slowly and painfully, information and knowledge spread among us until technology allowed us to speed up the process. Today we send emails, or even faster instant messages around the planet, we video conference in real time and can even watch videos of mindfulness meditation from YouTube 24 hours a day, if we wish.
I performed a search for “there is nothing new under the sun” and in 0.31 second I got 135,000,000 results. Pretty awesome. More information than I will ever use,
even taking into account a lot of it is the same, just presented differently. And for “mindfulness meditation from YouTube”, about 3,960,000 results in 0.41 second. With that much information available, Thank You for searching me out and I’ll try not to disappoint you.
A beginners guide for meditation, especially for Mindfulness, begins with Thich That Hanh, known as “Thay,” for his down-to-earth approach to concepts like enlightenment and freedom of the mind. And for his teachings on living in the present moment. Thay’s 5 basic concepts are: Breathing, Concentration, Awareness of the Body, Releasing Tension, and Walking. I think of the first four as essentials, with Walking adding an extra boost not only to meditation and relaxation but to our overall health and well-being.
Five Senses Meditation
A 4-minute video that guides you thru the basics of using your 5 senses to quickly bring yourself to center.
- What are 5 things you can see? Notice 5 things you hadn’t noticed before. Look at something familiar for any small details.
- What are 4 things you can feel? Can you feel the pressure of your feet on the floor? Air circulation on your skin? Pick something up and notice its texture.
- What are 3 things you can hear? The background sounds you normally have tuned out, such as an air-conditioning, birds chirping, or cars.
- What are 2 things you can smell? Maybe you can smell flowers, coffee, or freshly cut grass. It doesn’t have to be a nice smell either: maybe there’s an overflowing trash can or sewer.
- What is 1 thing you can taste? Pop a piece of gum in your mouth, sip a drink, eat a snack if you have one, or simply notice how your mouth tastes. “Taste” the air to see how it feels on your tongue.
The numbers for each sense are only a guideline. Feel free to do more or less of each. Also, try this exercise while doing an activity like washing dishes, listening to music,
or going for a walk. Add to the moment.
A 4:31 minute long video you can use to improve your feelings of well-being, self confidence and resilience. Practice whenever you have a break in your day, you can gradually increase this quality. Make it a regular habit in your life.
- When you find yourself stressed out, take a moment to just pause.
- Reach up and touch your heart, or give yourself a hug if you are comfortable with that.
- Remember to breathe.
- Understand that you are stressed and treat yourself with kindness.
- Offer yourself phrases of compassion. Start by acknowledging your stress or suffering: – “This is suffering.” or “This is really stressful right now.”
- Finally choose a phrase or phrases that are most appropriate for your situation. Use familiar phrases or create your own: “May I experience peace”, “Remember to treat myself with love and kindness”.
Self Inquiry Meditation
A 3-Minute video to help increase self realization, sometimes called enlightenment. realizing who you are can help break the bonds of suffering. Plus many of the same benefits as other meditation techniques, relaxation, enhanced experience of life, openness to change, and creativity.
- Sit in any comfortable posture.
- Allow your mind and body to settle, to become centered.
- Let go of your thoughts.
- Focus your attention on the inner feeling of being “me” or simply “I am”.
- If thoughts do arise (and they will), ask yourself to whom this thought is occurring. “Me or “I am” returns your attention to the feeling of being “me.”
Continue for as long as you like. You can also do this meditation while doing everyday tasks.
As you practice and practice different guided meditations, you will find that it is easy to incorporate music. I use the guided versions until I am comfortable and use music to refresh and empower myself. Instrumental music provides a focal point to return to when my mind decides to take over and thoughts interrupt.
A great chance to practice Mindful Listening (no judgments, no expectations) is with music. And to set an upbeat and relaxed tone for your day, I suggest Nicolai Heidlas, one of the future stars from Alternative Indie music. Nicolia has a lot of free music on YouTube and SoundCloud.
So, get your headphones, get comfortable and do a little mindful Breathing and a lot of Listening as Nicolia increases the quality of your meditation to a new level.
Happy and Uplifting Acoustic Background Music “Little Dreams”
A fantastic source for a beginners guide for meditation is YouTube. But where to begin? I hope I can help you with that question and that I can encourage you to use mindfulness meditation from YouTube as an information tool to increase your knowledge and skill levels.
Remember, use Breathing as a centering and focus point as you meditate. I find myself several times a day just focusing on breathing, sometimes for a quick break from the daily work and sometimes just for the enjoyment of being at peace.
A head’s up for us all. National Relaxation Day is coming! Mark your calendar and make your Relaxation plans for August 15th. No plans, yet? No worries, I’ll have some suggestions for you soon.
If you practice meditation, what are your “go-to” meditations? The one or ones you seem to rely the most on? And if you don’t practice, why not start with Mindfulness Breathing and develop a Tool Box for yourself? I would like to hear your thoughts on using YouTube and SoundCloud as ways to meditate and relax. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!
Walking the Path of Peace,