In my previous post, I had mentioned how meditation has become almost mainstream in America. There are many courses that one can attend and a large number of people- both young and old- do. Recently, my wife even discovered a free app called Insight Timer which is worth exploring. Using the app, one can try out any number of different meditations. The app allows one to explore meditations for stress reduction, for walking , for eating, for sleeping and for relaxation. Some are just music, others are verbal and still others a combination of music and words. They are in various languages, though the vast majority are in English. Surprisingly, many of them originate in England. An interesting feature is that as you are doing a particular meditation on the app, you can also see how many other people around the world are doing it at the same time . The numbers are usually in the thousands.
Not all the meditations will appeal to everyone and they are uneven in quality. Sometimes, the music jarring is jarring; other times, the background music almost drowns out the words. At still other times, the voice does not appeal. However, there is enough choice some that are bound to appeal to you.
Personally, there is a sleeping meditation that I find very effective. It’s in a very soothing English voice and contains words like ” peaceful” , ” calm”, ” relax” etc. I know that it is very effective because I have never yet listened to the end of it _ I am fast asleep in minutes, well before the end. This particular meditation begins by cautioning people that they should not listen to it when they are driving…. definitely very good advice !!