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Reviewed by Harmonious Living   
Thursday, 15 May 2008


Author: The Meditation Society of Australia

Learn to MeditateMeditation is a one the most effective ways to bring balance and harmony into your life. In this series of free podcasts The Meditation Society of Australia provides a series of guided meditations to help us cope with the stress of everyday living.

Meditation is a one the most effective ways to bring balance and harmony into your life. In this series of free podcasts The Meditation Society of Australia provides a series of guided meditations to help us cope with the stress of day to day living.

A variety of meditation techniques are featured in these podcasts including mantra, meditating with the breath, and meditation on an object (such as a candle, featured in the first episode). Some of the topics included are; Meditation for Beginners, The Meaning of Life, The Path of the Heart, The Ego and the Soul, Living Our Spiritual Lives, Guilt, Anger, and Fear.

It feels like you are taking part in a meditation lesson when listening to these podcasts as they generally comprise of two parts, the first being a discussion around the featured topic, and the second being a guided meditation that relates to the topic. Whilst we feel that this is a good idea we think that it would also have been useful if the authors had made the guided meditations themselves available as a separate download, so after listening to the complete episode you could then just listen to the meditation without having to fast forward past the discussion to the correct place.

The sound quality in the podcasts is unfortunately quite poor, with lots of unnecessary assonance, which could have easily been avoided, and occasional fluctuating of sound levels, it’s a real shame. This however doesn’t overly detract from the substance of the podcast and the great content that they contain.

We particularly enjoyed the meditation in the first podcast which gives a simple and easy to follow guided meditation, perfect for those who think they can’t meditate or have trouble stilling their mind. The introductory video is also worth watching although at 30MB in size might put off those concerned about their bandwidth limitations.

The music accompanying the guided meditations was excellent and certainly enhanced the meditative atmosphere. We had a quick search around the Meditation Society’s website and were delighted to find that there are a number of these tracks available to download for free. http://download.meditation.org.au/meditationmusic.asp

In all there are 24 different episodes in this series to download so far and they are on average about 7MB to 10MB in size, lasting between 15 to 30 minutes. We couldn’t work out whether they are published according to a schedule but from what we gather they generally come out every other week. There have been a couple of breaks in that schedule though and there also hasn’t been a new episode since February of this year - let’s hope they start up again soon.

So if you’re interested in starting meditation but don’t have the time to attend any classes then you won’t go too far wrong exploring the Learn to Meditate podcast from The Meditation Society of Australia.

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