Guided Meditations to help us Calm Down and Manage Stress
We hope you enjoy these mindfulness practices which include meditation techniques to help us when facing difficulties and also to cultivate self compassion. We are about to include some new meditations for sleep.
The core mindfulness practices of the MBSR training include:
- Body Scan
- Mindful Movement
- Mindfulness of Breath and Body
- Sounds and Thoughts
- Facing Difficulties
- Choiceless Awareness.
The popular Mountain Meditation and Self-compassion/Kindly Awareness mindfulness practices are also often used as part of an MBSR course. You can find these mindful meditations on our YouTube channel and it's great to hear people's feedback.
We have also included links below to guided meditations from Mark Williams and Tara Brach.
If you only have time for a 5 minute meditation, the short 3-Step Breathing Space can be useful to manage stress and quickly calm down.
If you want to meditate for 15 minutes, you might like to do the 3-step practice together with a mindful movement meditation.
At the end of this page we recommend a few books for mindfulness reading, which cover a range of meditation techniques and exercises.
Mindful Surrey Meditations
Tara Brach has a wonderful free collection of nurturing talks and meditations to help with difficult times. We recommend her Pandemic Care Package for when you might be struggling with depression, fear or to manage stress.
Free Practice Apps
Ten Percent Happier: https://www.tenpercent.com/
Insight Timer: www.insighttimer.com
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World
by Mark Williams & Danny Penman
Wherever You Go, There You Are
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
by Tara Brach
by Sharon Salzberg