View Full Version : Tips on meditation materials?

July 10th, 2007, 09:04 PM
Someone on the newbies thread mentioned an interest in getting into meditation. I was thinking it would be great to get a list of good books and CDs.

I will start it off.

I think it is good to read about the philosophy so that meditation makes more sense. So I liked Jack Kornfield Meditation CDs for beginners. Has a lot of talking and some exercises. I think mindfulness meditation is good for making peace with yourself.

Does anyone have other suggestions? I would love to read about it and am sure others would too.

July 11th, 2007, 08:04 PM
don'tmake me a thread starter/thread killer!!!

Doesn't anyone have any tips?

Boo hoo

lucky 2.0
July 11th, 2007, 11:05 PM
I think mindfullness is key to keeping me healthy, or starting me back to being healthy when I chose not to be healthy. It is really not anything formal though that I can point to. I have had so many classes and read so many books on the subject. I am not someone who wants to sit and meditate but rather chose to be mindful thoughout the day. For me, this means eating without the t.v. or any distraction. And not eating out of a frozen dinner tray. Put it on a real plate. Eating things that were on earth 100 years ago- and that eliminated dorritos and hagan daaz ice cream. Anyway, I am not really addressing the question but I think just being still and really being aware of my actions is my form of meditation. It is also super important to me to wake up without the sound of an alarm. I am fortunate that I wake up early. I think waking to the jar of an alarm would ruin my day. I am also really careful never to listen to the things that disturb me the most on the news. I will talk over the tv to avoid hearing something horrid.

I know my post is not what you are looking for but it is my meditation.

Silence is golden. I would love to do a silent retreat. No reason that I cannot.

My favorite word is Namaste. If you do not know what it means, look it up or google.


Roberta Jewell
July 12th, 2007, 04:27 AM
Excellent thread

This comes to mind: for those of you who have iTunes or are thinking of downloading it, you'll find lots of resources in the form of podcasts, which are free downloadable audio programs. You simply subscribe to them and you are alerted each time a new show is available. You then download the program to iTunes and listen to it on your iPod, MP3 player, computer, or whatever is most convenient. You can also listen to past programs.

If you're interested in meditation, search the iTunes store and you'll come upon a program called Meditation Station and another: Learn to Meditate. You can also download free or 99 cent individual guided meditation sessions--it's a great way to try out various flavors until you find a good fit.

Warning: Podcasts are unbelievably addictive, with many fabulous shows archived online. Be sure to check out BrainSync:Theatre of the Mind, Science Meets Spirituality, Dr. Wayne Dyer's Inspiration, or Deepak Chopra. They've all discussed various facets of meditation and other fascinating topics.

Of course you can download boatloads of books from iTunes, too. Earlier this summer I bought and listened to that Kornfield book you mentioned, Nancy. I thought it was really good.

Lucky, I'm with you re: keeping mindful. And avoiding the daily barrage of negative reporting in the press...this is a new turn for an old news junkie.

Thanks for starting this thread, Nancy.

Namaste. :)


August 27th, 2008, 08:43 AM
bumping up this old thread

A Work in Progress
August 27th, 2008, 09:04 AM
Nancy, I also bumped up the meditation thread (called: "Anyone Into Mindfulness Meditation?") that I started, it has most of the stuff I usually recommend. I agree, Jack Kornfield is very good, and anything by Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein; also, all of Jon Kabat-Zinn's books.

Specific books for people in recovery from alcoholism: The Tao of Recovery, and Mindful Recovery.

And: Gil Fronsdal's website (http://www.audiodharma.org/), for fantastic free downloads (not podcasts, although you can get much of his material, and that of other teachers, as podcasts as well, here (http://homedir-b.libsyn.com/podcasts/7603f9a96719a14d95941980b2ed41c8/48b55e77/audiodharma/_static/Audio_Dharma/Audio_Dharma_Podcast.html)).

Also, quite a lot of material at this website. (http://crimlawdoc.typepad.com/kc_mindfulness/)


A Work in Progress
October 15th, 2008, 01:01 PM
bumping for Larisa.

on my way
October 16th, 2008, 07:21 AM
WiP, so glad you bumped this. Guess I missed it when first posted. Lucky and Nancy make great points. I will check out the Kornfield material, it looks interesting. Ironically, I find myself deep in mindful thought while running or biking…my own time kinda thing. I guess that’s why I like it so.

I think actively choosing not to expose ourselves to the negativity of the world is good too. I try and focus on how I can make a difference, not all of wrong.

Thanks for this thread all.

October 16th, 2008, 10:46 AM
Thank you!!

Starlight Impress Forever
October 22nd, 2008, 05:14 PM
I soooooooooo need something like this too........I`m always so tense........thanks guys.

Star x

October 23rd, 2008, 09:04 AM
I'm not into any real meditation but find just a walk in the woods to be calming and meditative. Getting back to nature is one of the most peaceful, thought provoking things that I do. I believe it reconnects you to what is imporant. Just MHO.

October 24th, 2008, 02:12 PM
Hi again

To Cuckoo's nest... it is nice to walk in the woods if you can appreciate it. I am the type of person whose brain is overly active even in that situation. So if your mind is racing, how can you enjoy it?

Meditation helps create a sense of inner peace. Starlight, I really highly highly encourage you to look into this. I know you have issues with anxiety and this philosophy could really help you.

It's been so valuable for me, learning that the mind can be wrong and that there is something deeper I can latch on to. Anyone with an active mind or who tends to be cerebral could benefit. I recommend the book Mindful Way Through Depression, John Kabatt Zinn (sorry if spellings are incorrect.) This book comes with a CD. In some areas, mindfulness based stress reduction programs are offered and look so interesting.

October 25th, 2008, 06:46 AM
Thanks for this thread everyone.. i used to walk and walk and walk really hard for hours every day just to calm my mind.. but now I'm older my bones are not happy and I'm suffering from my walks. This has got me feeling kind of trapped.

So I MUST learn some alternative form of release. Just lately another MWO friend suggested Wendi Freisan so am trying that out. At first it was annoying, then terrific, but now not so sure. So far it is really helpful but I know I'll get sick of it soon.. repetition & all that maybe good maybe bad.

Shall look up the meditation guides suggested.
Many thanks to all & keep em coming!!

October 25th, 2008, 10:49 AM
Hey Fickle

I think meditation will help you. But you need to get an understanding of the philosophy behind it.

Work in Progress has posted names of good books and I posted mine. I think she mentioned something called Minfulness for beginners. Look up her posts.

You don't need a CD really so nothing to get sick of. You just need an understanding of the philosophy and then some time during the day.

Good luck,

A Work in Progress
October 30th, 2008, 07:59 PM
bump for Christy.

on my way
November 10th, 2008, 12:25 PM
I down loaded the Gil Frondal workshops on my ipod. I have listened thru most of them now and have found them very useful. They would be a great place to start for anyone interested in mindful meditation and you can?t beat free!

The wed site is in wips post in the beginning of this thread.

November 10th, 2008, 11:55 PM
Hi all,
Just thought I'd add a couple.
Pema Chodron: True Happiness.
Thich Nhat Hanh: Mindful Living:
Jack Kornfield: Guided Meditation - 6 practices to cultivate Love, Awareness and Wisdom.
Jack Kornfield: Roots of Buddhist Psychology
All these are available from Sounds True: ~ SOUNDS TRUE: Wisdom for the Inner Life ~ (http://www.soundstrue.com)
A couple of terrific books include:
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratna. This is a truly wonderful book
Meditation for Life by Martine Batchelor
Both these are available from Wisdom Publications: Wisdom Publications | Non-profit Buddhist books for all. | (800) 272-4050 (http://www.wisdompubs.org)
Anything by Jack Kornfireld, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and Pema Chodron are terrific.
Eckhart Tolle is also good, but he can be a bit heavy at times.
I've probably doubled up on a couple that others have mentioned.

November 11th, 2008, 01:45 AM
hi nancy,good thread,always wondered how people just sIt there and dO nothing , but think,close there eyes and hell brakes lose,open your eyes and it doesnt go away,happen to me,i dont listen to tapes,cds,i have found my own way,i think of what can be taken away in an instant,just like tht,all tht i worked for,just like tht ,away,gone,i was one of the lucky ones,i have found the answer,if you have an inner self,it will tell you rt from wrong,if not,you will,stumble,all the time,gyco

November 11th, 2008, 04:09 PM
I like a mantra-type prayer:

Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me.

Repeat this verse three times, then on the fourth time:

Jesus Christ, Son of God, grant me peace.

Lots of verses can be used in this manner: repeat three times, ask for peace the fourth time.

I believe I was always looking for peace when I was drinking.

December 22nd, 2008, 01:00 AM
I have two guided meditation audio CD's I love and listen to all the time- both can be found on Amazon.com.

Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction, by Bodhipaksa, includes the Body Scan meditation and Mindfulness of Breathing;

Guided Meditations for Calmness, Awareness and Love, by Bodhipaksa, includes Development of Lovingkindness, towards yourself and others.

I meditate with them in the morning and they put me right to sleep if I listen at night! He has a wonderful and soothing voice that I love.

Just go to Amazon and search "Bodhipaksa"

Best regards,



A Work in Progress
December 22nd, 2008, 10:07 PM
Hi Doodlebug, and welcome! Thanks for the links; Bodhipaksa is new to me, but I often teach and practice the three methods (body scan, mindfulness of breathing, and lovingkindness meditation) you are talking about; they are very, very effective...

Are you finding that your meditation is helpful in connection with a drinking problem (I noticed this is your first post!)? Maybe you would like to start a new thread and tell us about yourself, and what you hope to get out of MWO?

Best wishes,


December 22nd, 2008, 11:04 PM
Thank you for the welcome, WIP. : ) Where do you teach meditation?

Well, I would not want to start a whole thread about me. Yes, I feel the meditation does help. I was having quite a tussle with the wine bottle for many years, until I got so very sick and tired of it. Started last week with a full regimen of MWO supplements and the hypnosis tapes and have been alcohol free for over a week. 9 days is a huge achievement for me. I am so happy and grateful to be sober.

I had tried the MWO program doing modification last year but failed. I used the Topamax, but did not stick with the supplement plan. The Topamax was awful for me, I was miserable and my hair started falling out.

This time my goal is permanent abstention. Have been religiously taking all the supplements (especially Kudzu and L Glutamine and True Calm) but not any prescription drugs, and doing the hypnosis CD's every day.

After about a week of physical discomfort from withdrawal, I am feeling really good. That True Calm supplement must be some kind of miracle pill, I am happy to the point of giddy all day!

Well, thanks for saying hello, and peace to you all : )


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A Work in Progress
December 23rd, 2008, 08:41 AM
Doodlebug, you are doing great! I am glad you have started to post here on the forum! Here's my suggestion: most people find it extremely helpful to post regularly here so you can get to know people, and let them get to know you. Mutual support and accountability play an enormous role in long-term freedom from alcohol, certainly (in my opinion) just as important as supplements, medications, etc.

I'd suggest the AF daily thread in the Monthly Abstinence section. It's a great place for people who are working seriously on keeping alcohol out of their (our) lives. And the "Army" thread is also a daily thread; there are a lot of wonderful people who post there, and I promise they would welcome you. It's more of a "fun" thread, but everyone there is serious about staying free from the devastation of alcohol.

In answer to your question: I teach meditation (and psychology) in the midwestern area of the USA.

December 23rd, 2008, 09:09 AM
Great Thread.
I have found that many people have problems (in the beginning) to learn to passively meditate.They think that it is just a time to zone out.
I disagree. meditation is a time of heighten awareness, not diminished awareness.
As i see it,there are two major types of Meditation.
Active and Passive.Many people benefit to begin with an active meditation, than they can then train themselves into passive.
I posted a beginners lesson on active meditation awhile back.i will bump it, for those who are interested.