Entry Points To Meditation by Jennifer Parr

Are you interested in meditation but not quite sure where to start?

Or do you want to deepen your experience?

The following has been put together to help you find an entry point. There are of course many more options but hopefully you’ll find this a helpful starting point.

Use the headings in bold to see what might suit you best. Many resources are free and will be highlighted with (FREE) behind it.

Do you have a smart phone?

Have a look at the Insight Timer app (FREE). This app has a timer for timing your own meditations with a pleasant range of bells to start and end with. The app also has very many guided meditations you can try. All of this for FREE! Teachers I would recommend bookmarking are the following (many have websites or books that are worth a look and some I will discuss below):

  • Vidyamala Burch
  • Jack Kornfield
  • Tara Brach
  • Shamash Alidina
  • Elisha Goldstein
  • Reggie Ray
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Sharon Salzberg
  • Mark Williams
  • Joseph Goldstein
  • Melli O’Brien

Do you have a chronic condition?

Do check out Breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk. Founded by Vidyamala Burch. They run 8 week courses all across the UK.

Interested in Mindfulness?

The book ‘Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic world’ is great to start with. One of the authors is Mark Williams. The meditations in this book can be found online at franticworld.com (FREE).

In-depth but with an excellent sense of humor are the books by Ruby Wax. Her openness about depression is a breath of fresh air. Try ‘A mindfulness guide for the frazzled’ or ‘How to be human’. There are some talks available on YouTube (FREE).

Does Radical Self Acceptance speak to you?

Then Tara Brach is for you. (tarabrach.com). She has written some excellent and accessible books.  Her website has talks and meditations (FREE).

Would you like to explore a more Buddhist approach?

Tara Brach mentioned above is great for this.

If you have been to the meditation classes on at Leeds yoga you might be interested in exploring somatic meditation. Reggie Ray has written a number of books (Touching Enlightenment might be the most accessible of these). The websites (dharmaocean.org) offers some talks and guided meditation (FREE).

Pema Chodron has written some beautiful and accessible books. Visit pemachodronfoundation.org has all the information and has some talks as well (FREE).

Thich Nhat Hanh has written some lovely accessible books (visit plumvillage.org). Teachings are available on the website (FREE).

Do you have a scientific mind?

You will relish Rick Hanson’s neuroscience approach. Try the book ‘Buddha’s Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness’.

Join Jennifer Parr on the last Saturday of the month 12.30pm to investigate some somatic meditations in the style of Reggie Ray. FREE to attend and open to ALL.

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