Many of my patients express an interest in meditation but, don’t know where to start.
I am a big fan of the philosopher and educator Alan Watts. He is a scholar of eastern culture and a great number his audio recordings are available online.
With regard to meditation, Watts relates the “why” and the “how” in a way that gets to the heart of the practice. I really like his approach to teaching because he offers a wide view and a great deal of context. Because of this, most recordings are over an hour, but you can listen to it in sections (per your own ability to absorb) and come back to it repeatedly. You don’t have to “get it” in a single listen and be open to multiple exposures so all the layers have a chance to come together.
The video below is just under 15 minutes and is a great start.
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson has recently gained a lot of notice in the hyper-brief media snippet culture of today. Here is just a few minutes of video where builds bridges of meaning and invites us to perceive reality through the lens of a Taoist.