So I have been pretty bad when it has come to posting about this month’s challenge. But, that does not mean I haven’t been doing some work behind the scenes. I want to share with you some of the resources I have found and enjoyed over the past month.
This month I finished reading Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. I’ve had this book on my shelf for over 2 years and have never gotten the chance to read it (or was lazy and always passed it by). To tell you the truth, after all this time I was not even sure what the book was about, but something drew me to it so I picked it up.
OK…wow…can I just say that it fit this month’s challenge perfectly!?! Amazing!
The book is about living a full life in spite of fear. It helps you realize that we all have some fear about trying anything new and it is only through doing these things anyway that we will ever be able to eliminate that particular fear. The author, Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., teaches you about living a positive life full of happiness and gives you practical advice for enjoying each-and-every day.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Dr. Jeffers also has a website with several free resources you can check out.
I also recently came across this video from the Assistant Clinical Professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D. He talks about happiness and how we, as humans, can be happier in our everyday lives. Some of the data is pretty interesting – like thoughts on lottery winners, age, and children. Take a few minutes to watch it and let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you agree with Dr. Siegel?
And back to the main point of the challenge. I wanted to try several different meditation styles without spending a lot of money so I hit the interwebs. I love how many resources are available on the Internet! And even if it’s not free, there’s usually at least a sample so you can try it on for size to see if it fits you and your personality. Here are some of the meditation resources I checked out over the past month and my comments…
Non-downloadable resources (can be listened to on your computer):
Elizabeth Blaikie has a great set of resources at FragrantHeart.com. There are several free meditations you can listen to on her site including meditations for relaxation, feeling overwhelmed, loving, and healing. She also has a free 5-day course to introduce you to meditation.
The Meditation Podcast is a free resource that is produced by Jesse Stern and Jeane July-Stern. If you prefer a male voice, this is one to check out. The episodes are based on specific subjects such as money, sleep, releasing fears, and healing.
Downloadable resources (can be listened to on portable devices):
Click To Meditate has a few meditations available. I found them to be quick and relaxing. However, the one I listened to was led by an Indian woman so I did have to concentrate a bit to understand her.
The meditation I tried through Meditation.org.au was about a candle. It was led by an Australian man with a calming voice and was the first meditation I completed with a prop. Usually I have my eyes closed and am visualizing something.
Another Australian led meditation was found at The Guided Meditation Site. I found her voice very relaxing and one that I would go back to again.
The final resource I tried was from UMS Online. This meditation was a bit out there for me, but I wanted to stretch myself and try something new. The meditation was about visiting the angels and led by a breathy American woman. I’m not sure I will go back to this one again, but she did have three others so I might give one of those a try.
I hope you are able to check out some of these resources. If you do, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave me a comment below.