Written by Jeanna, staff member, Halifax Central Library
We've probably all heard about what a powerful tool meditation can be for reducing stress and promoting a sense of inner calm. Have you been thinking of giving meditation a try but aren't sure where to start? Or maybe you'd like to experiment with some new exercises to expand your existing practice.
Our E-Library has lots of free resources for you to explore.
Take a deep breath and begin
If you're new to mediation, an online course could be a great way to begin. Mindful Meditations for Work and Life is one of the courses you can take through Lynda.com, opens a new window. In this short course, instructor Scott Shute explains some of the benefits of meditation, teaches a variety of meditation practices, and answers questions like: am I doing it right?
Audiobooks are another great tool for getting started, and there are lots to check out in our OverDrive collection, opens a new window. Meditation Workshop by Philip Permutt is aimed at beginners and includes exercises and guided meditations. Or, try Meditation for Optimum Health by Andrew Weil and Jon Kabat-Zinn to explore meditation as a healing tool.
Create the space
If you're having trouble tuning out the world around you, meditation music could help you create a focused space. You can borrow collections of meditation music from hoopla, opens a new window. Available collections include Morning Calm by Meditation World and Relax by No Limit Meditation.
To learn more about meditation and the how it works, check out our OverDrive e-book collection, opens a new window. If you're a reluctant meditator, you might enjoy Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris and Jeffrey Warren. Or, dive deeper with The Mind's Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation, edited by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson.
You could also browse digital magazines to pick up some new ideas. Our RBdigital subscription gives you access to hundreds of titles. For mindfulness and meditation articles and tips, try Yoga Journal, Mindful, or Lion's Roar.
Whether you're a seasoned meditator or you're just getting started, we hope these resources give you something new to explore!
Extra help with our E-Library
Need help using any of the tools listed above? Check out quick how-to video tutorials on our Niche Academy.