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Find some balance and learn to manage your worries with a little help from some online experts.
Living in lockdown and dealing with the current situation can be challenging for our mental health. In recent years, mindfulness has grown in popularity thanks to the tools it provides to help us manage feelings of fear, stress and anxiety. For a moment of quiet in the madness, why not try a mindful meditation to bring a bit of peace into your home? Here are 10 of the best online resources available on YouTube now.
The Headspace YouTube channel shares meditations, music for restful sleep and short videos that explore the world of mindfulness, guided by Andy Puddicome, Headspace’s co-founder and former Buddhist monk.
It’s a great channel if you are new to meditation and want to learn more about it, and there are so many options, you’re sure to find something to try, even if you don’t have much time to spare.
Eckhart Tolle, who was born in Germany and now lives in California, is a spiritual teacher and author who has introduced millions of people to the joy of living in the present moment.
His books The Power of Now (1997) and A New Earth (2005) have sold more than 7 million copies worldwide and are an excellent introduction to the world of mindfulness. If that all feels a little heavy, head to his YouTube channel, where Tolle regularly uploads videos sharing the benefits of being present in the moment, and showing how we can find freedom in our daily lives by living in the now.
Sara and Les Raymond are the founders of The Mindful Movement community. On their channel, the US couple share tips on how to live mindful and fulfilled lives and explore how you can experience growth by being more fully present. They offer various meditations of different lengths, with different themes to suit every mood and moment.
Tara Brach is a US psychologist, author and meditation teacher. Her YouTube content offers tools to allow you to deepen your knowledge about mindfulness, meditation and yourself.
Her varied output has plenty to offer those looking to try meditation for the first time, as well as videos for more advanced practitioners who want to deepen their practice.
Wisdom 2.0 is a global community that focusses on living a more mindful, compassionate and wise life. On this channel you will find talks and meditations with speakers from different parts of the world, among them the creator of the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine Jon Kabat-Zinn and Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten. Wisdom 2.0 can help you to dive deeper into mindfulness and broaden your knowledge.
Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher and bestselling author from Los Angeles. On his YouTube channel he shares episodes of his podcast Making Sense, in which he discusses questions about mindful living, the human mind and our society, and shares meditations and conversations with international speakers.
If you enjoy listening to discussions around controversial topics and want to learn more about the nature of consciousness, this channel is the one for you.
Australia-based Michael Sealey is a trained and certified hypnotist who creates relaxing videos to watch while meditating. His guided meditations with hypnosis help you to reprogram your subconscious mind and experience a deep state of relaxation and calm. Sealey also offers a variety of meditations to help those who struggle to drift off to sleep.
Mooji is a spiritual teacher who was born in Jamaica and now lives in the UK and Portugal.
On his channel he shares his wisdom on reaching self-realisation through living in the present. His talks and meditations are very thought-provoking and aim to help you connect with your inner self to overcome any internal obstacles.
Meditation and yoga teacher and book author Rebekah Borucki offers a great selection of meditations, mantras, affirmations, breathing exercises and inspiring conversations on her channel. Borucki believes in living mindfully and non-judgmentally and her videos aim to bring a bit of calm to your life.
Sadhguru is an Indian yogi, an international speaker and a New York Times bestselling author.
Sadhguru inspires almost 5 million subscribers with his daily videos on YouTube. He offers live meditations and talks on a wealth of topics; you can explore how to be a more mindful being, but can also learn about socioeconomic development, health, humanity and spirituality in general.