There are many resources on meditation. I have compiled a small list below of some that I have found helpful or that seem helpful. It is intended to help me find them in the future and for others who may be interested in meditation. It is organized in terms of: Articles (mostly), Videos, Books, CDs, Programs, Websites and Quotes on Meditation. Some kendo-related articles in English (which appear to be few in number) are included. I will likely update the list as I discover or re-discover more. Peace.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. – Buddha
- U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Meditation,” Apr 25, 2016. (PDF, 8 pages). Includes about two pages worth of references.
- Mayo Clinic, “Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress.” (PDF 4 pages).
- Arnie Kozak, “Meditation Made Simple – Seven Considerations to Get You Started,” (PDF, 16 pages).
- An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation, HiveLogic.com, April 30, 2009.
- Gil Fronsdal “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation,” UrbanDharma.org, 2007. (This is a comprehensive resource with audio recordings and PDF articles listed at the bottom of the page).
- Thich Nhat Hanh, “Five Steps to Mindfulness,” (PDF, 5 pages).
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation
- Relaxation and Relaxation Exercises, traumacenter.org (PDF, 7 pages).
- Giovanni, “Types of Meditation – An Overview of 23 Meditation Techniques,” LiveAndDare.com,
- Related to Thoughts, Thinking and “Thoughting”
- Gil Fronsdal, “Mindfulness of Thoughts (Week 4)” (Transcription of a Talk), Insight Meditation Center, Jan 30, 2008. (I found this talk very helpful.)
- Dennis Warren, “Thinking and Thoughts – The Role of Thinking in Meditation,” Guiding Instructor, Sacramento Insight Meditation
- “Awareness of Thoughts and Emotions,” (PDF, 5 pages) (Originally developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, with additional development by Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal.)
- Peter Cutler, “Map of Consciousness,” N-lightenment.com (PDF, 1 page).*
- Bhante Gunaratana, “Dealing with Distractions – II,” (Chapter 12 of Mindfulness in Plain English) vipassana.com.
- Postures and Positions
- “Meditation Positions: Finding a Posture That Works for You,” OneMindDharma.com.
- Wee Peng Ho, “6 Meditation Positions That Are Gentle to Your Back,” TheConcsiousLife.com. (including an “astronaut pose” lying down with the legs raised and resting on a chair).
- Related to Letting Go and Surrendering
- Light Watkins, “Quieting Your Thoughts: Effortless Meditation Techniques for Busy People with Busy Minds,” Conscious Lifestyle Magazine. (Describes an E.A.S.Y. Embrace, Accept, Surrender, Yield approach to meditating).
- Michael W. Taft, DeconstructingYourself.com:
- Sadhguru, “Meditation: The End of Suffering,” Huffington Post, Jan 3, 2013.
- Related to Kendo
- Available Openly On-Line
- Available in Hardcopy
- Jon Kabat-Zinn,
- Full Catastrophe Living – Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, May 1, 1990.
- Wherever You Go, There You Are – Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, 2005.
- Matthieu Ricard, Why Meditate? – Working with Thoughts and Emotions.
- Joel S. Goldsmith, Beyond Words and Thoughts, Acropolis Books, Oct 1998. (Kindly recommended to me by a teacher).
- Jon Kabat-Zinn,
- Jack Kornfield, “Guided Meditations for Difficult Times.”
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – an eight-week program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Univ. of Mass. Medical Center.
- Gil Fronsdal, “Mindfulness Meditation Instruction,” Insight Meditation Center.
- Jack Kornfield, JackKornfield.com
- Peter Cutler, N-lightenment.com, Living Awake with Peter.
- The Pema Chodron Foundation
- Thich Nat Hahn Foundation – Page on Mindfulness
- Michael W. Taft & Jessica Graham, Deconstructing Yourself
- Gary Weber’s happiness-beyond-thought.com (Recommended by a family member)
Quotes on Meditation