It seems common knowledge now that including meditation in your daily ritual is a very important part of blissful living.
You really do need to set some time aside just for yourself, so you can have some time to just breathe, relax and reflect on what’s most important to you.
This particular post is a roundup list of what we consider the top 5 meditation videos for beginners on YouTube. If you’re just starting out, there really is no point in splurging on very expensive – albeit highly effective – courses.
Also, we encourage you to start slowly by listening to audio or watching videos that are around the 10-minute mark or lower. Yes, we keep hearing about how long-term practitioners of meditation can produce genuinely life-altering change and of course, it’s admirable to want to emulate them.
BUT with meditation, as with anything else, we recommend taking baby steps.
Start slow and then build it up. Just like when you start a new exercise regime. If you’ve never run before, you cannot expect to be able to run a full marathon two days after starting.
You probably could, but your mind and body would suffer for it.
That said, and without any further ado, let’s begin.
5 Minutes of Mindfulness
Presented by Jack Canfield, this 10-minute video not only gives you a 5-minute exercise to deepen your present awareness but also offers another 5-minute explanation as to what it actually does and how you can benefit from incorporating your daily practice.
The Blessing Ball of Light
This 13-minute video contains an explanation and a guide to the very powerful meditation tool called The Blessing Ball of Light. Presented by Christie Marie Sheldon and highly recommended by yours truly, this 10-minute meditation draws its power from the act of visualisation.
I highly recommend you do this every morning (or the night before if you’re not a morning person) and start thinking about what you truly want to see showing up in your life.
Treat this as a fun exercise and you’d be surprised at the results.
One morning for example, I decided I wanted money to show up in unexpected places that particular day as I needed to raise an extra £1,000 to travel for my dissertation. I’d already tried other sources to no avail.
By the end of that day, my mentor unexpectedly gave me money to add to what I needed. I also received an email from an acquaintance that a flat had become available for me in my destination should I choose to take it (it was about £300 cheaper than where I was supposed to go). And more importantly, I received a phone call from my supervisor asking if I could work a few hours’ overtime for the weeks until I was due to travel at nearly double my usual hourly rate. All of those were completely unexpected.
A Guided Meditation for Beginners
A 10-minute no-frills guided meditation, this is a great audio / video if you’re just starting out. It gives you a background on meditation – what to expect, what you’re supposed to think and feel etc – whilst you’re actually already meditating, which is good if, like us, you’re completely strapped for time. If 10-minute is all you can spare but you really want to start meditating, go for this video.
You won’t regret it.
F*ck That: An Honest Meditation
This meditation is actually an acquired taste so if you’re not comfortable with cursing, you might be better off just listening or watching the other meditations.
Personally, I laughed so hard the first time I listened to this and if you can tolerate a bit of cursing, then I expect you’ll enjoy this too and actually learn so much from it.
For example, it took me awhile to realise that when people are being negative and / or hurtful, they’re usually wrestling with their issue. It’s all about them and not me. I always felt hurt and then defensive but thanks to this meditation, I’ve learned to stop taking things too personally.
Try it for yourself and see how you feel.
10 Minute Guided Imagery Meditation
If your main goal is to learn how to relax or let go of the stresses that make you anxious, then this 10-minute guided imagery meditation is for you.
It’s actually almost like self-hypnosis in that it guides you to deeper levels of relaxation, right into your subconscious where images and symbols reign supreme.
When I tried it, I nearly fell asleep, even though at the end, it says you’re supposed to wake up.
If you get too tired and fall asleep, don’t worry. Your subconscious is still receiving the message it needs and really, it just means that the meditation is working its magic.
After all, sleep is the best form of relaxation, isn’t it?
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel or pay through the nose when it comes to meditation. Sometimes, simple is best and free is even better.
Try any of these videos and let us know how you got.
Which is your favourite? Which do you like the least? Which one turned things around for you?
Do let us know by commenting below.