Recently I picked up the book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. and am half-way through my second week of using it.
The book comes with a cd of guided meditations, and the idea is you do meditation 1 twice a day (if possible) for a week, and then for week 2 do meditation 2 etc for 8 weeks.
I didn’t have too much trouble with the first week, as it was similar to the meditation that took place at the meditation group they used to have in my work.
This week, week 2, that’s a whole other story. I’ve nodded off a couple of times, and the chatter in my head seemed to be really frantic compared to week 1. Last night I completed it without nodding off/zoning out, which I’m taking as a positive, but it did highlight the amount of seriously random thoughts that I have rattling about in my head. At least last night I managed to notice them, acknowledge they happened, and just let them pass on their way to wherever it is they’re headed.
I do feel a lot more relaxed for doing this, and immediately after a meditation, I feel amazingly calm, so it’s doing something good.
If you’ve fancied trying mindfulness meditation this seems to be a good book/cd to have a go with. The reviews are good, and I’m finding positive results. Try it and see.