Other Resources

Below are some things that I have found useful.  Perhaps you are aware of some resources, too.  Please leave me a comment with some suggestions, I will work on moving some of those suggestions on to the main body of this page.

 

Websites/ Apps:

Insight-  This App. is amazing.  It features an a timer which is highly customizable with ambient sounds and music and traditional meditation sounds played at intervals.  It also connects the user to countless guided meditations.  The vast majority of the content on this app. is free, though there are a few bells and whistles that can be purchased.

The Center for Contemplation and Action– This organization was begun by Father Richard Rohr.  It is hard to overstate the range of resources here: talks, books, conferences, meditations, etc.

The Liturgists  Michael Gungor (of the band “Gungor”) and “Science” Mike create a compelling podcast, legendary gatherings, and (as the name might suggest) liturgies: Readings, songs, and meditations.  Some of the liturgies can also be found on spotify, and all end with pretty amazing guided meditations.

Music

Music is tricky for me.  Occasionally I find it incredibly powerful.  Other times I find it distracting.  Some of my favorites for meditation include Moby’s ambient work, Warren Ellis, and John Murphy.  If you’re interested, my spotify meditation playlist is here:

You can also search this playlist on spotify under the title, “The Contemplace”

 

Books

Fully Alive by John Main.  When a contemplative rock star like Father Richard Rohr calls somebody else a teacher, I sit up and listen.  This Monk and Priest began teaching meditation in the 1970s.  Fully Alive is a series of short chapters that continually circle back to very basic and straight forward practice.

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat Zinn.  Zinn is an influential American medical doctor who is arguably the biggest voice in the current interest in mindfulness.  These meditations tend toward more traditionally Buddhist practices, but he writes in a vivid, clear manner.  The format of the blog section of The Contemplace is borrowed from Zinn’s format; brief, sometimes autobiographical descriptions followed by invitations to attempt different methods of meditation.

 

 

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