If you would like to try a guided visualisation I can highly recommend working with Joyce Chiu Broadbent.
For getting started with meditation I found Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power Of Now” very useful. I haven’t included it in my Books section as, for me, this was more of a one or two read book, whereas the books I include there are the ones I want on my bookshelf to refer to over and over again. But it really is a great starter’s guide to meditation.
Susan Jeffers’ “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway” was probably the first “self help” book that made a difference to me. The Healing A Relationship Meditation is included in many of her books and is one of the most challenging and powerful of meditations. To read my full review of this book see “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway”. What I would particularly recommend this book for is a deeper understanding of mantras, affirmations and the interior monologue we all seem to have. I remember talking to a friend about this and she confessed that she said such unkind things to herself, when I told her that, without discipline, we all do this she was so relieved to know it wasn’t just her!
Another great book for affirmations, which I have found even more powerful at times is “Return To Love” by Marianne Williamson. This is most definitely on my bookshelf and is even more radical than Susan Jeffers books in its perspective on love and the world and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it has been a huge help to me in dealing with many very difficult situations and I wholeheartedly recommend it. From “Return To Love” “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”
“Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh” I bought this DVD because I wanted to do some more meditation, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It’s a great yoga work out that is easy to start if you’re unfit, but still gets me sweaty even though I do Zumba about 4 times a week. Gurmukh is another wonderful teacher, she is a Sikh but the spiritual aspect of this DVD is non-faith specific and you can come to it from any background. There are two meditations at the end of the exercises, one is a mantra meditation and the other is the Gong Meditation. If you’ve never tried gong meditation I highly recommend you try Gurmukh’s.
If you’d just like to try Gong Meditation without a teacher then “Tibetan Gongs and Atmospheres” is the CD that I use and I find it very effective.
Although it doesn’t contain any specific meditations on love I also highly recommend Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Cultivating The Mind Of Love” which provides a deeper insight into understanding romantic love, which you can incorporate into your mental practice.
Again, if you have any questions, feedback, or need some help with meditation please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I hope you enjoy your practice.
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