There are a huge range of proven benefits to meditation, including the reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, age-related memory loss, insomnia, sensitivity to pain, and the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as the enhancement of self-awareness, attention span, positive emotions, and discipline. Meditating is great for the brain. In fact, given the undeniable benefits of meditation, the fact that it isn’t taught in all schools and more widely prescribed by doctors in the West speaks to nothing more than a cultural blind spot. Moreover, when we meditate, we experience a deeper awareness of how the mind works. Through meditation, we come to appreciate that we are not defined by our thoughts - it is not a metaphysical claim to say that most of us identify more with our thoughts that temporarily rise and fall in and out of consciousness, than identifying with consciousness itself, which is a constant precondition of the mind. Over time, the more we practice observing and releasing our thoughts with non-attachment and self-compassion, the better we understand ourselves, and the more our neural pathways become rewired towards acceptance, self-love, and equanimity.
Guided meditations are an important part of my service, and I shall be adding more free meditations to this page over time.
Mindful Breathing & Metta Meditation
This mindful breathing & metta meditation is intended to help someone prepare for an intentional psychedelic experience. It starts with a short talk before entering the practice, covering how to stay out of the head by focusing on the breath, and how to use the breath as an anchor during the psychedelic journey. The second half features a style of meditation called metta, also known as loving kindness. Practicing metta helps us to approach any potentially challenging material - in or out of the journey - with softness, curiosity, and self-compassion.
I've included the timings below in case you'd like to listen to any section separately:
Intro talk: 00m:00s-14m:08s
Mindful breathing meditation: 14m:09s-25m:37s
Metta meditation: 25m:37s-40m:10s
Please note that if you are listening on mobile, the audio may stop when the screen turns off if you are in battery saving mode.