Trouble Sleeping? Try These 5 Guided Meditations For Sleep Tonight

There’s nothing worse than having to lurch through the day in a haze of tiredness. But it’s an experience that many Americans are all too familiar with.

The Center for Disease Control reports that nearly 50 percent of adults do not receive the minimum recommended seven hours of sleep. It’s even worse for teenagers — fewer than 25 percent of teens receive the recommended eight hours of sleep a day. Nearly half of all men and women have trouble falling asleep. Read more

Meditation for Sleep: 6 Videos for a Restful Night

Sleep is an incredibly important part of life. When you’re able to get a good night’s sleep, you feel refreshed during the day and can meet your responsibilities with ease. However, if you spend your nights tossing and turning, you’ll likely go through your day in a haze. More than that, you’ve got to make sure you’re getting restful sleep, not just closing your eyes.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t take time to establish a healthy bedtime routine.

Thousands of people across the world use guided meditation to help them get to sleep at night. Read more

How a Body Scan Meditation Can Help With Mindfulness

Breathing meditations like Vipassana meditation are a great way to calm down and become relaxed. But your breath isn’t the only thing that you can focus on for mindfulness-based stress reduction. Focusing on your body and your body parts during a body scan meditation is a great way to pull your mind into the present moment and calm down. It is easy to learn and can help you connect in a spiritual and intimate way to your body. Read more

Meditation for Kids: How to Stop Unruly Behavior

Yoga and meditation are useful techniques for dealing with the stress and anxiety to which adults are commonly exposed. But adults are not the only ones suffering from stress and anxiety. Kids can suffer from the same kinds of emotional and mental strain, although sources of that stress may be different. Mindfulness practices can be very helpful for these younger practitioners. Read more

Meditation and Anxiety: The Best Meditation Techniques to Reduce Anxiety

Most of us experience anxious thoughts from time to time – whether it’s tension at work, unease in finances, or difficulties in relationships. Even the doubt that comes in a simple “what if” could increase anxiety levels. It’s normal to feel anxiety and yes, even fear, in uncertain situations.

You cannot avoid anxiety, but it is important to deal with it in healthy ways. That’s where the link between meditation and anxiety comes in. 

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Practicing Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh’s Meditations

If you find yourself hung up on the past,  or preoccupied with an unforeseeable future, then mindfulness is for you.

Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing your whole focus to the present moment. There are many ways to bring mindfulness meditation into your life. One of the best is to follow the guidance of a revered mindfulness leader like master Thích Nhất Hạnh meditations.

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The Top Meditations for Relaxation

You have a lot of stress in your life. When you come home from work, you might change into something comfortable and spend the rest of the night watching Netflix. However, this doesn’t actually do much to help you deal with the levels of stress and frustration in your life.

Instead of spending hours zoning out and putting your stress on ice, there are actions you can take to deal with it in the long term. Meditation is one of the simplest and most beneficial ways to deal with stress. It is a great way to activate the relaxation response, and deal with many of the physical side effects of being stressed out. Read more

Transcendental Meditation or Mindfulness: Which is Better?

Meditation has been around for thousands of years. As an umbrella term, ‘meditation’ can evoke an incredibly diverse set of practices and techniques, from simple relaxation and breathing techniques, to more intense versions of cognitive manipulation like suggestibility and hypnosis. And while there are certainly commonalities across disciplines, not all meditations are the same.

In the United States and the rest of the Western world in particular, there are two main practices that have swept the nation: Mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation (TM). From meditation retreats, to books and courses and apps, there are hundreds of ways to choose and learn one of these practices and begin reaping the mental and physical rewards. But which should you choose? If you’ve learned one, is it worth moving on to the other?  We’ll delve into exactly what these practices are and what sets them apart, look at which is best for beginner meditators, as well as what health benefits you can expect to see with both to ultimately help you answer what type of meditation might be the best for you and get you started on your meditation journey. Read more

6 Free Deepak Chopra Guided Meditations

In recent years, meditation has risen to prominence as a compelling way to combat the negative effects of stress. Additionally, studies on the practice have suggested that healing meditation’s benefits include pain reduction, addiction, and anxiety.

Luckily, you can start your practice with the helpful guidance of world-renowned meditation leader Deepak Chopra and his Chopra Center. You may know Deepak as Oprah Winfrey’s close spiritual friend, but he’s even better known for his wisdom, inspiring outlook on life, and his pursuit of perfect health and inner peace.

Deepak believes that meditation can take you beyond “the mind’s noisy chatter into the pure awareness that is the source of all your happiness, inspiration, and love.”

Ready to discover the calm beyond the noisy chatter? Follow along with Deepak’s Chopra Center meditations below.

Start With Your Breath

Meditation is a form of mindfulness, and just like mindfulness, it helps to start getting focused by bringing attention to your breath.

In the following meditation, Deepak Chopra guides you in breath awareness. This simple meditation is a great place to start and an easy way to quickly manage stress.

Quiet Your Mind

Try this meditation after you’ve done a few of the basic breath awareness exercises, and are ready for a real meditation experience.

Carve out some time during your day and get into a comfortable position to start. When you’re ready, play this guided meditation to quiet the stressful “noises” of your mind.

Meditate With Intention

Meditation is a great tool for not just stress; it’s a great way to help you focus your mind. This is a great morning meditation – Deepak Chopra starts his day out with a two hour meditation that allow him to set intentions for his day. In the following meditation, he shares his four favorite intentions to repeat during meditation.

Meditation for Sleep

Since meditation helps quiet the mind, it makes sense for it to help with easing the mind into a restful state – ready for deep sleep.

Let Deepak Chopra guide you into dreamland with this meditation for sleep.

Meditation in Everyday Activities

Meditation can help bring certain focus, enlightenment, and clarity to other aspects of your life as well.

For example, if you’re feeling low on energy, it’s good to take a break. Why not take a break with Deepak and refresh your energy with the following meditation? It focuses on maximizing energy to be your most productive self.

Now think about the relationships in your life. Could you use clarity or focus there?

This meditation could help. In the following guided practice, Deepak Chopra calls for you to open your heart to let the joy in and to bring more empathy to your relationships for better understanding on both sides.

Deepak Chopra inspires many because he firmly believes that each person deserves a more fulfilling and joyful life. You can find more meditations as well as participate in the meditation challenge at chopracentermeditation.com.

Now, that you have access to a few of his guided meditations, make time for them during your day. Spire can help by giving you a gentle reminder to break away from the stresses of daily life and spend some time on yourself.

Stress Meditations to Try Right Now

In humankind’s earliest days, our bodies developed a “fight-or-flight” response to stress in preparation to fight or flee, depending on the threat. Then as now, when we experience stress, our bodies release the hormone epinephrine into the bloodstream which:

  • Slows the digestive system
  • Increases heart and breathing rates, blood pressure, and sugar levels
  • Overrides the brain’s prefrontal cortex (which controls planning, impulse control, decision-making, reasoning, and problem solving) to enable the brain’s faster-acting, more primitive parts to take over and keep you safe.
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Those physiological survival mode methods are great for wilderness survival. But when that survival mode becomes the norm (because let’s face it, your body doesn’t know if you’re escaping a herd of woolly mammoths, placating an angry client or twin toddlers, or stuck in traffic for four hours) that prolonged stress can do the following:

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