Pretty Good Meditation

Guided meditation for all? You betcha

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Meditation can be challenging, whether you are a total beginner or an experienced meditator. Dr. Matthew Tift draws on his experience teaching meditation and yoga to guide you towards peacefulness and clarity. Born from Midwestern sensibility, this meditation podcast does not take itself too seriously. Slow down, settle in, and experience the wholesome effects of guided meditation that is pretty good.


We can't make much progress in meditation if we do not see the world for what it is. In this practice, we pay attention to how the mind draws us away from what is real. We pause, with the intention of letting go of those stories and seeing the world as it actually is.

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During meditation it is common to hear a sound or experience a feeling that sends the mind off, carried away and caught up in the future or the past. In this meditation we investigate the nature of the distractions, practice letting them go, and re-establish connection to the present.

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In this meditation you will start by noticing how your body fits within the space of your own awareness. Using the physical sensations of the body and the flow of breath, this meditation allows you to practice centering your attention, stabilizing your awareness, and rest in the knowing.

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Would you like a short break in your day? This brief centering practice provides a moment for you to give yourself the gift of a pause.

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In this meditation we begin by placing the body in a balanced, steady, and comfortable position. We allow a sense of relaxation to flow down through the body. We maintain a focus on the physical sensations in the body, training the mind to stay focused on the present moment.

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This episode begins with a breath meditation and then moves to a body scan to notice the effects of the breath meditation. Specifically, the goal of this practice is to notice feelings of inner peace, interrogate their characteristics, and observe their energy.

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Sometimes desire can take over our lives. We start to believe that we really, really want something. But no thing can provide us with permanent happiness. In this meditation we explore desire and fulfilling our desire. We set the scene in an airport, at the moment when we are reunited with a dear friend or loved one. We bring to mind not just the happiness that arises from such moments, but also the limits to which those moments can satisfy.





In this meditation you will explore your inner desires and purpose. You will explore the feeling of desire in your body, imagine the your desire has been completely fulfilled, and then go a little bit deeper before considering the actual state of the present moment.

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This meditation begins with a body scan to help calm the mind and body. Then we open our awareness to all the senses, and rest in an awareness that reminds us of the ever-changing nature of life.

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The opposite of the stress response is the relaxation response. The relaxation response essentially turns off the fight-or-flight response. Meditation, breathing exercises, tai chi, and related practices can all be highly effective in calming the body. In this meditation you will focus on any single point that feels pleasurable.

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