I believe mindfulness and meditation are key to living a life of connection, ease, and open-heartedness. I like to think of mindfulness as a muscle and meditation as daily exercise for our brain. The more we flex it, the more present we become and able to respond to life’s challenges with less stress, more compassion, and boosted resilience. We can also practice mindfulness in our daily lives through walking, listening and eating. As a result, we learn to befriend change and embrace transformation as the true catalysts for growth and living life with more peace, joy, and clarity. You don’t need to go to a mountaintop or sit cross-legged to get the benefits. With willingness and curiosity, you can start experiencing the benefits and practicing in the comfort of your home or office. I’ve compiled my favorite programs, apps, studios and teachers to help get you started.
Freebie Meditations includes a selection of my favorite go-to meditations including 5-minute breath awareness, 10-minute body scan, and 12-minute compassion meditation. Sign up for instant access.
Gateway To Presence is an online experience that demystifies what you may think about meditation. With just 5 minutes a day over 5 days, you’ll learn 5 meditation techniques that will begin to transform your life. There’s no need to sit cross-legged or travel to a mountaintop to gain the benefits of a daily meditation practice. Simply start in the comfort of your home, office, or car (but not while driving, of course:-) It’s easier than you may think! (*scholarships available upon request).
Headspace is an excellent tool to learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness for free as well as paid content-specific meditations.
Insight Timer is home to more than 2,400,000 meditators with a variety of guided meditations.
Buddhify is more of an interactive app and has over 80 different meditations for all parts of your day.
The Meditation Bar provides classes that are consistent in quality, independent in belief and serious about helping people exercise their minds.
The Peace Box is a mobile venue delivering education, training, and guided practice in mindfulness and meditation.
Los Angeles, California
Unplug Meditation offers a variety of classes that make meditation interesting, inspirational and easy for everyone from busy skeptics to modern soul-seekers.
The Den Meditation provides a peaceful oasis with a wide selection of classes and workshops.
New York City
MNDFL features expert teachers from a variety of traditions offering simple techniques in an accessible manner.
Flint Sparks is a Zen teacher and former psychologist dedicated to assisting people in the unending path of growing up and waking up. He leads retreats throughout North America and Europe. I’m honored to call Flint my teacher, mentor, and friend. In addition to playing an instrumental role in my cancer journey, he continues to inspire me with his teachings and retreats.
Sarah Mclean is the creator of the Mclean Meditation Institute and a best selling author. I first met Sarah as a student at her Meditation Teacher Training Academy. With over 20+ years of experience teaching meditation, her classes, trainings, and workshops are making meditation available and accessible to everyone. Sarah has since become a trusted advisor and mentor on my path as an author and teacher.