From the Ayurvedic perspective, I would consider many of our technological advances to be part of our ongoing environment of imbalance and overload. The perception that one needs to be available 24/7, hooked up or stuck in front of a screen can add to sensory overload and excessive busyness.
That said, when I am working with clients who are striving to decrease overwhelm, anxiety, stress and frustration, it can be helpful to use the support of technological tools.
Below are a list of several of tools to help you incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your busy day – even if it is a few minutes at a time. Some of the meditations are longer ranges such as 15-20 minutes while others can provide that quick hit of calm in under 3 minutes. While it is certainly ideal to build up to at least 20 minutes of a daily meditation practice, you have to start somewhere and these give you many great starting points!
I invite you to explore the options, find your favorites (and let me know what you love), and share others that you have found and like!
- A variety of free audio meditations of varying lengths at http://www.fragrantheart.com/cms/free-audio-meditations
- From the UCLA Mindful Awareness Center http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22
- Free iPhone and Android at getsomeheadspace.com; 10 days’ worth of 10-minute meditations https://www.headspace.com
- Mark William’s Mindfulness Meditation Recordings – free at http://franticworld.com
- Movement of spiritual inner awareness free 12 lesson online course for beginners http://www.msia.org
- Chopra center meditation podcast; free on iTunes; 24 free podcasts http://www.chopra.com
- Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Meditation Master Trilogy $99; 3 of their 21 day challenges on desire and destiny, perfect health, and miraculous relationship; with interactive journal; https://chopracentermeditation.com/store
- Short, timed meditation; free as app or download https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calm-meditate-sleep-relax/id571800810?mt=8
- Do nothing for 2 minutes is a full-screen video of waves at sunset. Just relax and look at the waves; http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com
- Driving with Bhante – a Buddhist monk that has a temple near Chicago has created a CD with short and simple, yet profound, stories, reminders, and singing that will help you to enjoy your drive, and your day. Available on Amazon for $8.99 or iTunes for $9.99. http://www.amazon.com/Driving-With-Bhante-Single-Sujatha/dp/B005NF8GX0
©2014, Jamie Durner, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner & Wellness Educator at Ayurveda Wellness in Brookfield, WI