Mindfulness & Meditation Resources

Mindfulness is described as the "quality of being present" and is a tool used to focus the mind in times of stress so as to be less reactive when faced with difficult situations.

Improve your mindfulness with these written, audio and video resources, shared with us by therapist Correna Dcaccia at our support group.

Before you begin...


We know meditation can seem a bit daunting at first. That's why our YBTC counsellor Laura Griffiths put together a quick and easy guide for complete beginners - read her Introduction to Meditation by clicking here.

Want to know the different benefits you can expect to gain by starting to build a regular practice? Click here to read Laura's blog on the Benefits of Meditation.

Our meditation videos...

We have a whole playlist of meditation videos on our YouTube channel, led by our counsellor Laura Griffiths. You can find videos of all lengths, both with and without music, to suit your own taste.

Below is just a sample of our short meditations, ranging from 3 minutes to 10.

If you'd like any of the videos sending to you as an MP3 file to listen to, please just let us know.


   


Other resources...


Headspace

Headspace makes meditation super simple with their 5 and 10 minute samples designed for different purposes, such as managing anxiety, getting better sleep and reducing stress. Their popular videos include a mini meditation and a guided meditation in a Himalayan Forest.

You can get a FREE trial which introduces you to mindfulness and meditation on your phone or laptop. Follow Headspace on YouTube for helpful video animations.

Calm.com
 
Get FREE general meditations, or upgrade to a paid subscription for more focused themes that work for you.

Breathworks

Breathworks offers various courses, training sessions and some FREE meditations. These include:
  • Mindfulness for Health – A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing by Vidymala Burch & Danny Penman. An 8 week course for people living with pain and illness, including exercises, meditations and a CD.
  • Mindfulness for Women by Vidymala Burch & Claire Irvin. An 8 week course including exercises and meditations specifically for women, coming with a CD.
  • The Little Mindfulness Workbook by Gary Hennessy. A pocket-sized summary including a programme and free meditations online.
Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Mindfulness – A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams & Danny Penman is an 8 week course for people living with stress, anxiety and depression.
 
The Compassionate Mind

Paul Gilbert at The Compassionate Mind offers a range of exercises with FREE audio guides to develop compassion and combat self-criticism, providing an introduction to compassion-focused therapy. 

The Happiness Trap
 
The Happiness Trap - How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris is an 8-week course that delves into building genuine happiness. The website provides a range of free animations, worksheets and videos about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
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