I have always found meditation to be the most effective method of stress relief.
It's great because you can practice it anywhere, anyone can do it, and it doesn't involve prescription drugs with possibly unpleasant side effects.
While I love to meditate on my own, I have found that guided meditation videos are a great way to let go and relax into my meditation time.
Like most meditators, I find it difficult to keep my mind from wandering when I am meditating on my own.
When I use guided meditation videos, I can remain more attentive and engaged, while completely focusing on the words and sounds from the video.
Video meditation has given me the tools that I need to achieve a deeper state of relaxation and strengthen my meditation skills for the times when I'm not using guided meditation.
Here are 15 of the best guided meditation videos that I've found to be effective and transformative.
1. Blissful Deep Relaxation
This meditation is brought to us by The Honest Guys, who strive to bring people all-inclusive and neutral meditations to help anyone who is in need of finding more inner peace.
The best thing about this video: It actually makes you feel like you are floating as you listen to the waves and the calming sound of the voice.
After listening to this, I felt: At peace and relaxed. I took a few minutes before getting up to allow this feeling to linger.
This may be right for you if: You are suffering from anxiety.
2. Let Go of Anxiety, Fears, and Worries
This meditation is offered by PowerThought Meditation Club, who create meditation sequences and videos and have a large following on YouTube.
The best thing about this video: It reminds the listener that they can not do it all by themselves, but rather there is power in unity.
After listening to this, I felt: The weight of the world lifted.
This may be right for you if: You worry excessively about not being able to do enough.
3. Breath and Bodyscape Meditation
This meditation is offered by Jon Kabat Zinn, who is widely known as a teacher of mindfulness-based stress-reduction. Jon Kabat Zinn is often credited with bringing the practice of mindfulness to our country through his experience and teachings.
The best thing about this video: It focuses on mindfulness and letting go of the past and the future to live in the moment.
After listening to this, I felt: Stress reduction and less anxious about the future.
This may be right for you if: You are ruminating on something that happened in the past or you are excessively anxious about something in the future.
4. Loving Kindness Meditation
Joan Borysenko guides the listener through this meditation. She is a well-known expert on stress, spirituality, and the mind/body connection and a pioneer in integrative medicine.
The best thing about this video: It provides loving kindness for people who are experiencing unhappiness, especially toward something in particular in their lives. It helps people replace negative feelings with happiness and kindness.
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After listening to this, I felt: Negativity had been lifted from my mind, and I had a more positive outlook on the world.
This may be right for you if: You are experiencing a lot of negativity and it is bringing you down.
5. Self-Compassion Meditation
This video is led by Tara Brach, a well-known teacher of self-compassion.
The best thing about this video: It addresses self-compassion and allowing more love for oneself in their everyday lives.
After listening to this, I felt: More accepting of my perceived flaws and more positive about the person I am.
This may be right for you if: You have low self-esteem or you are going through a time when you feel down on yourself.
6. Mindfulness Meditation
This is another meditation offered by Jon Kabat Zinn, and is great for those who follow his reputable and well-known teachings.
The best thing about this video: It talks about having courtesy and compassion toward life and toward other people. This is a great part of practicing gratitude which also ties into Jon Kabat-Zinn's practice of mindfulness.
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After listening to this, I felt: Relaxed and in the moment.
This may be right for you if: You forget to stop and look around every once in a while and enjoy the present moment.
7. The Nature of Being Meditation
This meditation is offered by Adyashanti, an American spiritual teacher and author. His teachings allow people to stop, think, and recognize the things that are true and liberating in their existence and in the world.
The best thing about this video: It allows you to feel a sense of quietness at your very core. It has a depth and compassion that some other videos are lacking.
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After listening to this, I felt: Able to let go of things that were bothering me and relax.
This may be right for you if: You have experience with guided meditation and are ready to go to a deeper level.
8. Guided Sleep Meditation
This meditation is led by Christian Thomas from Meditation Vacation. Although he has no formal training, he has gained a wide audience on YouTube through his self-taught meditations and personal life experiences.
The best thing about this video: This is a great meditation for helping induce sleep.
After listening to this, I felt: Asleep! Typically, I fall asleep while listening to this meditation, and if not during, then soon after.
This may be right for you if: You want to get a better night's sleep without the use of drugs with possibly harmful side effects.
9. Guided Meditation for Overthinking
This meditation is guided by Michael Sealey, who has a large following on YouTube for his effective meditation videos.
The best thing about this video: This video has the ability to clear your mind of distressing thoughts that you are likely overthinking. It will help you relax and come to terms with reality.
After listening to this, I felt: Relieved from the stressful things that had been on my mind and were holding me back from living a happy life.
This may be right for you if: You tend to ruminate about the past or be anxious about the future.
10. Self-Forgiveness Meditation
This meditation is by Jack Kornfield, who is a trained Buddhist monk and a teacher in the vipassana movement. He has taught meditation worldwide since 1974.
The best thing about this video: This video gives the listener a glimpse of their self-image and helps them release burdens that may have been holding them back.
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After listening to this, I felt: Relieved from the difficulties of circumstances from my past and an ability to move forward with my life.
This may be right for you if: You are holding yourself responsible for something you have done in the past that may or may not still be affecting your life.
11. Being Present Meditation
This meditation is written and read by Sara Raymond from The Mindful Movement.
The best thing about this video: This video really helps to improve the listener's overall wellbeing when it is listened to on a regular basis because it brings the listener back to the present moment.
After listening to this, I felt: Deeply relaxed and grateful for my current state of being.
This may be right for you if: You are an anxious person or tend to forget to stop and take in the moment and be grateful for your small, everyday experiences.
12. Gentle Release
Meditation expert Sonia Choquette guides the listener through this meditation to help relieve discomfort and relax.
The best thing about this video: This video helps the listener relax to the point of getting to a state of peace with your inner self.
After listening to this, I felt: More connected to the energies around me.
This may be right for you if: You are feeling disconnected from the world around you.
13. Guided Morning Meditation for Gratitude
This meditation was created by The Mindful Movement, which is a group who creates meditations to help promote mindfulness and gratitude.
The best thing about this video: The silent time in this video allows the listener to reflect on his or her own life and the things that they are the most grateful for, while also recognizing things in their life that they do not practice enough gratitude toward.
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After listening to this, I felt: Very lucky to have the life I have, regardless of some personal struggles that I may face each day.
This may be right for you if: Sometimes you forget to just stop and take a look at the small things that you have in your life that add up to make it great.
14. Setting Intentions Before Sleep
This video was created by Jason Stephenson, who writes music and guided meditations to help his followers practice mindfulness, among other popular forms of meditation.
The best thing about this video: This video is great at helping the listener switch their focus from the negative things in their life to the positive. It is also very effective in helping the user get a full night of deep and restorative sleep.
After listening to this, I felt: Uplifted, yet peaceful. I was certainly prepared to let go and fall into a deep sleep.
This may be right for you if: You are looking for more tranquility in your life, especially in the hours before bedtime.
15. Inner Peace Guided Meditation
This meditation video is presented by The Honest Guys, who have been writing and creating high-quality Guided Meditations videos for almost a decade.
The best thing about this video: The voice is incredibly soothing and relaxing.
After listening to this, I felt: Refreshed and energized with a new sense of peace.
This may be right for you if: You have an anxiety or panic disorder, as this video helps people find a sense of tranquility that carries over long after the video has ended.
Whether you are new to meditation or have been practicing for years, these videos can give you insights, new skills, and improved well-being overall.
What has been your experience with guided meditation? Do you have a favorite meditation video?