Meditation 101: A Short, Animated Beginner’s Guide

Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne) created an immensely popular video animating Dr. Brené Brown’s insights on The Power of Empathy. Now, she returns with another animal-filled animation that could also put you on the right mental track. Narrated by Dan Harris, this one lays out the basics of meditation and deals with some common misconceptions and points of frustration. Give it a quick watch, and if you want to give meditation a first, second or third try, check out these Free Guided Meditations From UCLA. If you know of other helpful meditation resources, feel free to let us know in the comments.

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  • Angela says:

    I often feel as though i am going to / or have a snooze. Is this because I am not focussing on the breathing enough?

  • Gaëlle says:

    Thanks :)

  • Allie says:

    I don’t see that as meditating. Maybe people view it completely different than I do. I see meditating as thinking over a subject, and ruminating on it rather than calming down and clearing the mind. Meditation for me would involve thinking deeply on a truth, not just in broad abstract terms, but also in specifics about that truth and how I can apply it to how I live. Meditation would entail internalizing and seeking to understand the truth and realizing that it was good and true. Religious believers do this, for example Christians practice this form of meditation.

  • Allie says:

    I do see the value in calming down such as this video describes and taking a break from a hectic pace, but that is not difficult for me to do because I frequently think of nothing at all at times of the day anyway!

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