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Even if you know the benefits of meditation, actually starting can feel daunting. This brief and easygoing introduction from Jesse Israel, founder of The Big Quiet, breaks it down - and shows you how effortless starting your own practice can be.  

Jesse was a successful music executive running his own label when debilitating anxiety and panic attacks forced him to step back and seek help. When he came upon meditation, it inspired him to switch gears in a big way. He founded The Big Quiet, a mass meditation movement that gathers thousands of people for large-scale moments of quiet around the world (including for Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour with WW). 

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No Warning for 2 Min of Silence Mid Play

I chose this because it's short. A friend wants me to learn to meditate with her, & I thought I'd try some of the free audios offered to get my feet wet. The man's voice was calm and restful and lulling. I usually play audiobooks when I go to bed and fall asleep listening. I expected to fall asleep learning to meditate.

The audio starts with the direction to take a deep breath into your abdomen and then into your chest. I think you have to be very aware to breathe into your abdomen. You do this three times. THEN you're supposed to breathe normally -- not paying attention. Breathing is autonomic -- your body does it without your paying attention, without conscious thought. But after you have been TOLD to pay attention to it, it's DARN HARD to STOP paying attention. My breathing felt stilted and less deep than normal. I think it's a mistake to tell you to focus on the breathing at the start if you're going to be told subsequently to STOP paying attention. If you want me to breathe naturally DON'T CALL ATTENTION TO MY BREATHING IN THE FIRST PLACE!
After a few minutes, the voice says he'll leave you to continue breathing without paying attention. I often doze when listening to tapes, so the first time I played this one, I may have dozed. All I know is I suddenly was aware of SILENCE. I thought the audo was done and I'd missed the ending due to falling asleep. But the indicator was IN THE MIDDLE of the timeline. I sat bolt upright in bed (NOT conducive to relaxing!) Is the audio defective? Is my player defective? I was AWAKE to problem solve now. Other audios worked, but I found this dead air in the midst of this audio. At about 4 and a half minutes left (of 9), suddenly there is silence. Little warning. It goes on for about 2 minutes. He does say to keep breathing for a couple minutes but he doesn't mention he's going to stop talking for the same couple minutes. Surprise endings are fine but not thrilled with surprise middles.

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Simple Relaxation

9 minutes to relax and forget everything around you, focus on your breathing, focus and relax

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breathe into my chest during meditation? really?

Meditations typically encourage breathing through the belly (diaphragmatic breathing)which is actually the correct way to breathe and the most efficient way to relax. When I first heard him say 'take a deep breath into your belly' I thought I was on the right path, until he said 'and into your chest'. Into my chest? And How am I doing both?
Then there was focus on 'watching my chest expand' ... I lost interest after that.

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Guided Meditation as good as it gets.

Treat your mind and body to a mini vacation, whenever and wherever you are. Ten minutes, twenty, more. Make it trip for the whole family. :)

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I don't want this!

you jerks just shove this crap into my account and there's no way to delete it. Now there are 6 of these things, with who knows how many more to come, clogging up my library. F-U and your not giving me choice! I'm going to 1 star all of this garbage

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Good STUFF

I I enjoyed Jesse Israell’s calming voice, and the way he gives you permission to be gentle with yourself. This is a great way to start/ease (as the name implies).

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Nice first contact with meditation

It's very short. There is nothing new if you know about meditation already. However it's a good first contact with meditation.

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alot of dead air

more the. half of this is dead air. making me wonder if it helped to play a .i had to check several times. also if there was a mod where things cant interrupt that would be been helpful.

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Good introduction & summarization of Mediation

I have practiced mindfulness via some other app but this narration is quite simple and effective. In less than 10 mins, we get to understand what is meditation & how to practice in everyday life with a short summary

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OK for one time

This is a nice, short introduction to daily meditation exercises, which is perfect for beginners! I found this calming and helpful to listen to as a guided meditation, but: 1) I prefer meditations with a little more ambiance music, 2) this only introduces one type of daily meditation, and 3) I'm not sure this has much replay value as it implies, so though I liked it, I'd much prefer if it was more of a series.

I disagree with its assertion that daily meditations only confer benefits if practiced almost every day, but this was still a good one-time meditation listen that others might enjoy.