I tend to be very fussy about guided meditations and dharma talks. I believe that it’s very important that you trust the person who is guiding you and feel that you can relax in their presence.
The voice and the subtle details of what someone is saying communicate a lot subconsciously. When we’re meditating we’re in a very open and receptive state, so it feels important to me that teaching comes from a place of integrity.
These are the guided meditations and talks that I enjoy, have found useful and that I regularly recommend to others.
Michael Taft at San Francisco Dharma Collective
Regular weekly meditations guiding you through shamatha and vipashyana and using this as a base for going into various fun, insightful and creative practices. You can watch them on Youtube here.
This video on how to jhana is also especially good.
I have only listened to a handful of Rob’s soul-making talks but they made a huge impact on me.
I know lot of people who really appreciate his jhana retreat and his teachings on ways of looking. His teachings are a bit over-thinky for me personally, but they seem to be a good way for people who tend to be really intelligent thinkers to transition to more of a felt-sense of dharma.
He’s like a gateway drug into the imaginal realm.
You can find all his talks here on Dharma Seed.
The Warrior’s Solution Retreat by Ken Mcleod
A retreat that takes on the topic of power and includes guided meditations and visualisations grounded in Vajrayana Buddhism.
I often recommend it to people who are struggling with judgemental thinking or an inner critic because there is a super cool exercise where you can imagine killing that mother fucker with a sword.
You can listen to the full retreat here.