Guided meditations can help us to pause, rest, focus and deeply experience the present moment of our life. As a practice, they remind us to come back to ourselves over and over, so that resting our presence in our body becomes a habit.
These meditations can be used when sitting or walking. Bring your mind home to your body and allow it to rest there, in your living presence.
Resting in spacious awareness
This meditation explores relaxing into a wider sense of ourselves, finding space within all the sensation and movement that we are aware of.
You can listen to this online or download the file.
returning to joy (10 mins)
This guided meditation allows us to settle on our breath and to invite ease and openness into our body in this very moment. Touching the joy of this unique moment, we create the intention to be able to come home to joy over and over.
May this bring ease and joy to you.
springtime meditation (10 mins)
This is a practice on 'gladdening the mind' - we intentionally rest our awareness on some of the joys of the season, and allow ourselves to feel part of the vibrant, energetic springtime.
dwelling peacefully (13 mins)
This begins with an excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh's 'Inside the Now', followed by a guided meditation on the Joy of Meditation as Nourishment. Establishing ourselves with ease and solidity, we can taste the joy that mindful presence brings without any effort at all.
"If you are restless, if you are not able to sit peacefully and with stability, it is because you are not established in the now. [...] All you need to do is focus your attention on your in-breath and out-breath, recognize it, and smile to it. Being aware that you are breathing in means you are really there. Your presence is a wonder and a miracle."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
rest in open presence (18 mins)
“The joy of true quiet becomes a daily healing food.” -- Thich Nhat Hanh
Rest your body, mind and heart and relax back into this moment of vast stillness.