If you’ve been feeling worn out, anxious, or just unbalanced, a great place to turn is the ancient practice of meditation. Meditation can help instill more mindfulness, patience, thoughtfulness and joy into our lives, but if you’re unfamiliar with it it can be hard to know where to dive in. This is why guided meditation can be such a great resource, whether you’re just starting out or looking for something new to add to your mindfulness practice. I love turning to apps like Insight Timer to find a moment of peace, a fresh outlook, and a reminder to stay present, whether I’m just starting out my day or trying to fall into restful sleep. Here are a few of my favorite guided meditation leaders that can help you keep awareness, positivity and balance throughout your day.
1. Donna D’Cruz
Whether you need help clearing an emotional block, a reminder to feel more present, or even help falling asleep, Donna D’Cruz is a great guided meditation leader to start with. Her soft, peaceful voice will lead you to a more peaceful place, quietly reminding you to make a peaceful space for yourself.
Mooji is such so wise and such a great resource for guided meditations. He really makes you think deeply about life and the vastness of it all and his sessions can give us a real perspective of how we fit into the universe. He helps me to let go of the need to try to control my environment and puts the emphasis on just being present.
3. Sarah Blondin
If you have insight timer or are curious about developing a routine around meditation, Sarah Blondin is one of my all-time favorite guided meditation leaders. My favorite meditation of hers is Making Your Life Sacred on Insight Timer; it’s a simple twelve minute reminder to hold your life as precious and appreciate every aspect of life, from each breath you take to each new day you see. It’s an amazing meditation to start the day with, accompanied by beautiful, calming music.
4. Wake Me Up
Wake Me Up is a podcast designed to help you start your day on the right foot, giving you energy and positivity when you get up. In each episode, the host Tyler Brown provides a guided meditation centered around a different piece of advice for beginning your day. How you get up in the morning truly has a lasting impact on the course of the rest of your day; if you find that you have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning or feel groggy and unfocused for hours after you get up, Waking Up might be the perfect tool to change your routine for the better.
5. Meditation Minis Podcast
If you find that you don’t have a lot of time in the mornings or get stressed out thinking about trying to fit in a half hour or more for meditation, the Meditation Minis podcast has the perfect solution. Meditation Minis features small bites of mindfulness, some as short as six minutes, to get your day started on the right foot without having to worry about losing time.
6. Kelly Howell
If you have trouble sleeping, a meditation aid can really help you settle into a comfortable bedtime routine. Although it doesn’t contain any speaking, Kelly Howell’s Deep Sleep track can help reign your restless thoughts in and help you feel calmer. Her use of binaural beats can help to guide your brain activity into relaxation or meditative states, meaning that her work is scientifically designed to help you rest.
Whether you’ve been meditating for a while or this world is brand new to you, guided meditation offers such a range of experiences and helpful tools to help us be more resilient and peaceful in our daily lives. I hope at least a few of these leaders helps you unlock a new way of experiencing the world, embracing gratitude, and making space for your own needs and peace.