Mindfulness is living each moment completely, and letting the future take care of itself. The practice of mindfulness encourages us to fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of the present moment. Mindful meditation can be a valuable way to minimize anxiety and depression, and can increase awareness and concentration. There are many benefits to meditation as you learn to calm yourself and more effectively tolerate anxiety, and it is highly recommended for individuals participating in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
Dr. Perry Passaro, psychologist at the Anxiety and Depression Center, has been practicing meditation for over 40 years, and shares the guided meditations linked below to help you begin to incorporate meditation into your life. These meditations are valuable to those who are new to meditation as well as helpful reminders to experienced practitioners.
Mindfulness and Meditation Practices
If you are new to meditation, we recommend that you listen to the following talks before you begin your meditation practices.
- Introduction to Meditation
- Science of Meditation
- Watching the Breath
It is highly recommended that you use the Secrets of Meditation and the Watching the Breath Meditation for each meditation until you are very familiar with these foundational practices. These “secrets” can then be used in all your meditation sessions. The importance of these basic guidelines cannot be overstated. Please become so familiar with them that they are second nature in regard to your practice.
The remainder of the guided meditations are arranged by topic and length. There is no particular order but it is recommended that you begin with the shorter meditations and work up to the longer sessions.