Joel’s Favorite Websites and Apps
The Insight Meditation Timer can be an extremely useful tool for setting the amount of time that you meditate. This timer has bells that sound like the bells used at a meditation center. It displays the number of people who are meditating with you. Guided meditations are also provided in this app.
Buddhify is an app that has guided meditations placed in categories. On this site, you can select various mindfulness activities such as; walking meditation, eating mindfully and preparing for sleep.
For traditional Buddhist meditation instruction/clarification, go to audio dharma. A range of interesting and helpful dharma talks are available.
A technology tool for meditation that you may want to look at is Muse. It is a headband that works as an electroencephalograph to measure your brainwaves and uses biofeedback to help you meditate.
I usually purchase meditation cushions at Samadhi Cushions. Their quality is very good and the prices are reasonable.
The cushion at Moonleap has been beneficial for those considering meditating in lotus or half lotus.
I use Yoga Studio in the evening to have a nice yoga session for stretching . A yoga session before meditation has been an effective practice that enables me to have a better meditation session.
Joel’s Favorite Books
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, by Dan Harris (ABC News Anchor). This is an easy read that tells a fascinating story. Dan Harris is an exceptional writer.
Mindfulness in Plain English, by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. This book provides great detail on the process of meditation and what to expect when you meditate. It talks about the process of learning meditation from a traditional approach.
Joel’s Favorite Video
Dan Harris: “10% Happier” | Talks At Google. Nightline anchor Dan Harris talks about his journey to meditation is a very entertaining way.