Our Guided Meditation Recordings

Below are several recordings from the monthly Guided Meditation Sessions facilitated by the Mindfulness Working Group. We encourage people to use them in your personal practice, and feel free to share the link to this page with others. These recordings do not include anything participants shared during the calls, as the intention is to create a safe space for people to practice together in confidence and privacy. We trust these sessions will contribute to your own practice, your own well-being, and the well-being of others through you. Simply click on the arrow on the left side of recording you would like to access…

Love is a verb.

by Fran Sutton-Williams | This meditation is intended to awaken awareness of loving yourself and loving others, what that means to you and how love works in your life.

Compassion for suffering from racial injustice

by Tom DeWolf | with a focus on our bodies, our hearts, and our breath as mindfulness tools. (with gratitude to, and inspiration from, Ruth King, Susal Stebbins Collins, Jason McGrice, and others*)

Loving Kindness

by Lynda Davis | for descendants of people who were enslaved and people who were enslavers

Strong Back, Soft Front

by Angela Dickey | This meditation is based on “Strong Back, Soft Front,” pp 14-16 in Being with Dying by Joan Halifax**

Heart Light

by Fran Sutton-Williams | A meditation on the truth that we are all Beings of Light and the affect this has on the world

Compassion For All Beings

by Jennifer Stanley | A guided meditation that helps us hold the suffering in the world with compassion. Adapted from Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s For all Beings

Colors of the Rainbow

by Angela Dickey | A meditation using the colors associated with the chakra energy points of the body. Adapted from "Meditations for Tranquility" by Suzanne Marbrook.***

RAIN and the STAR Healing Journey

by Lynda Davis | This meditation guides people through the RAIN (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Not-Identify, and Nurture) exercise and shows how it parallels the three parts of the STAR healing journey: breaking free, acknowledgement, and reconnection.

Self-Compassion

by Lucia King | Allowing pain to become a presence and a light; a door into a deeper part of your authentic self

Kaleidoscope Meditation

by Fran Sutton-Williams | Like the shifting patterns in a kaleidoscope, times of chaos can be viewed as times of transition to a new pattern of being

Mindful Body Scan

by Fran Sutton-Williams | The body is always in the present moment so being aware of the arising, changing, and fading away of sensations in the body can be a helpful aid to anchor our minds in the present moment. The body scan helps us to establish a relaxed and alert embodied awareness so we can train ourselves to be more mindful both while practicing sitting meditation, and very importantly, in daily life. Meditation practice such as this helps us to train our minds to stay in the present moment, discover our mental habits, cultivate skillful and wholesome mind states, and ultimately liberate ourselves from unskillful conditioning— e.g. oppression in it’s many forms—racism, white privilege, etc.

Compassionate Friend Meditation

by Helen Farrar | A self-compassion practice to bring kindness to our own hearts in responding to suffering. Adapted from Paul Gilbert

*With gratitude to, and inspiration from, Ruth King, Susal Stebbins Collins, Jason McGrice, and others.

**Based on “Strong Back, Soft Front,” pp 14-16 in Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death, by Joan Halifax (Shambala, 2008).

 ***Adapted from “Seven Color Spectrum Visual Aid” in Meditations for Tranquility: A Practical Guide to Spiritual First Aid by Suzanne Marbrook (facilitated by Angela Dickey)

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