Meditation links & background

This page will be periodically updated and new links/meditations added.

We create our own path for DeepMoM, with a heavier emphasis on exploration, than other approaches, and will draw on many sources. Roughly DeepMoM corresponds to the second month of the two month mindfulness program pioneered by Jon-Kabat Zinn, and described in his book, Full Catastrophe Living: how to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation.

An recent book, extending Kabat-Zinn’s program to mindfulness in everyday life is Williams & Penman’s excellent book, Mindfulness, an eight week plan for finding peace in a frantic world:

Williams Meditations associated with the Williams & Penman book are at:

http://rodalebooks.s3.amazonaws.com/mindfulness/index.html

Our January Month of Mindfulness Program MoM17 roughly corresponds to the first month of Williams and Penman and its website is a background reference for DeepMoM17:

http://www.londonmindfulnesscommunity.org/mom17/

Tara Brach’s excellent website has many mindulness materials, videos and audios:

https://www.tarabrach.com/

There are now quite a number of good books modeled after Kabat-Zinn’s program, so if you already have used one of those, you probably don’t need to get one of the above. Our program is mainly based on practice, so don’t over-burden yourselves with reading 😊

Daniel’s favorite sources for Meditations: Make use of technology to support your meditation practice. You can use your phone or computer as a relaxation device!

  1. Headspace: FAR meditations that are great for foundational meditation but not that much customization. Headspace offers a guided series of 10 meditations for free and then asks for you to pay but if you don’t want to pay their yearly or monthly fee you can just keep replaying the original ten.

https://www.headspace.com/signup?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=821964446&utm_content=42127573837&utm_term=199115810114&headspace%20app&gclid=CIrW0r6A_9QCFYQ2aQodcR0DBQ

  1. Insight Timer: This is the ultimate free exploration app, here you can find 1000’s of different genres of meditation, if you’re looking to explore different styles of meditation this is the best app, I personally use it to track my silent meditations and set great sounding timers.

https://insighttimer.com/

  1. CALM: a free app that you can pay to get more meditations, some customization options and I especially liked the background music as a background to drown out outside noises

https://www.calm.com/

  1. Stop breathe and think: An excellent app for desktop, phones that has a built-in function for slack (a communication platform often used by businesses) and even Alexa (a voice assistant speaker made by amazon). This app will ask you how your feeling and how much time you have and recommend a meditation based on this.

https://www.stopbreathethink.com/

  1. Youtube, google, etc : There any many more online meditation apps that you can search online using keywords such as mindfulness meditation (audio or video). Youtube is also a great place where many meditation teachers will post guided meditations. Try as many as it takes to find your favorites (for example there are some that even make use of virtual reality!).

Week 2 Additional References:

We reference and highly recommend Judson Brewer’s 2017 Book for about $16 USD on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Judson_Brewer_The_Craving_Mind?id=f888DgAAQBAJ

We also recommend additional exploration of Tarra Brach’s excellent website (cited earlier), which includes additional resources for RAIN meditation a key topic for Week 2.

For additional information on the amazing poet Rumi, please see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi

For additional information about and Michel McDonald’s (the person who first coined the term RAIN) talks please see

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/126/

 

Week 3 Additional References:

We were asked about references for mindfulness meditation approaches to pain. The new book below by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman is highly recommended. It has a foreword by Mark Williams and recommendation by the scientific pioneer in this area, Jon Kabat-Zinn:

https://www.amazon.ca/You-Are-Your-Pain-Well-Being-ebook/dp/B00LDRAS8S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1501163064&sr=1-1

Also highly recommended are the groundbreaking works of the scientific pioneer, Jon-Kabat Zinn, for example:

https://www.amazon.ca/Full-Catastrophe-Living-Revised-Illness-ebook/dp/B00C4BA3UK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1501169698&sr=1-1&keywords=jon+kabat-zinn