It was a few years ago now. After another night of insomnia (most evenings, it was difficult to get to sleep or difficult to sleep for more than a couple of hours), I needed a solution. That led me to YouTube videos of rain sounds. Then ocean noises. And somewhere along the line, guided meditations. There was something that immediately connected me to them. I liked the calm and peaceful ambiance, the soothing voices, and the connection to self. They made me feel better and helped me sleep.
Since then, I have listened to many different guided meditations. One of the first that I bought on CD (rather than listened to on YouTube or downloaded from iTunes) was from Jack Kornfield. His guided mediation CD, “Six Essential Practises to Cultivate Love, Awareness, and Wisdom,” stood out to me. Since purchasing it…I have listened to the meditations many times. They are calming and effective.
This set actually contains two discs. On the first is: introductory materials (information about sitting practises and guided meditations), the loving kindness meditation, and the forgiveness meditation. The second disc included: the Buddha transforms difficulties meditation, the gratitude meditation, and mind like sky meditation. With a running time of over two hours…there is plenty to work with here. My personal favourites are the Buddha meditation and the loving kindness meditation.
Bonus? It even came with some free downloads. They included tons of fantastic meditation music, mindfulness guided meditation practise, and downloads about self-acceptance and compassion. Those, in addition to all of the meditations on the actual CDs, make this a truly wonderful resource.
If guided meditations are something of interest to you, consider checking this one out. It is certainly worthy of your time.
What guided meditation CDs do you listen to?