By now, you’ve probably heard of all the amazing benefits of meditation. Wherever you are on your meditation journey – whether you’re just “meditation curious,” a super-experienced meditator or anything in between – you’ll love this round-up (in no particular order!) of free online meditation resources. I’ve personally used some of these sites to deepen my own practice and the rest I plan to discover in more depth. I hope you enjoy checking out these pages and that you gain something from your exploration:
1 | Elisha Goldstein
Elisha Goldstein, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist known for his presence in the world of mindfulness, has an impressive collection of eCourses available on his website aimed at helping people incorporate meditation into their daily lives for improved mental wellness. Goldstein generously offers a free 21-day eCourse via email, which is meant to inspire people to live with more purpose. He also provides dozens of videos with guided meditation exercises. Things I love about Elisha: his easy-to-grasp ways of describing complex concepts, his application of mindfulness concepts to real life (i.e. technology, city life, etc.) and his calm, easy-going demeanor. He practices mindfulness-based psychotherapy in Los Angeles, so if you’re able to, check out one of his events!
2 | Kristin Neff
Psychologist Kristin Neff is a pioneering researcher in self-compassion and was the first to empirically study this area of psychology that has been a cornerstone of Buddhist meditation practices for millennia. Through her book, "Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself," Neff brought the concept of self-kindness into mainstream Western culture. Neff offers free resources on her website including a TEDx talk, a 5-part video series about the fundamentals of self-compassion, 7 guided meditations specifically aimed at increasing self-compassion and 8 exercises for developing a self-compassionate mindset.
3 | Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle, meditation teacher and author of the famed “The Power of Now,” is a hugely influential figure in bringing the concept of presence in the moment to Western readers. He offers a number of online programs for sale on his website as well as hosts in-person retreats all over the world. Tolle also generously provides an eCourse free of charge called the “Uncourse,” which is a self-paced course consisting of nine video lectures, exercises for practicing presence, and opportunities to reflect and the apply the teachings to real life. Additionally, Tolle has additional free resources on the “meditation” section of his site, which includes free meditation music downloads, relaxing computer wallpapers and a few more videos.
4 | Tara Brach
Tara Brach is a psychologist, meditation teacher, speaker and author known for blending Western psychology with Eastern philosophy. She is the author of two best-selling books, "Radical Acceptance" and "True Refuge," and has literally hundreds of talks and meditations offered for free on her website. For those new to meditation, she has a section of her website specifically dedicated to guiding beginners. Lastly, she provides an in-depth article entitled “How to Meditate,” which details exactly how to start and maintain a consistent meditation practice. Brach’s site is chock full of amazing content – this site alone could cover you for all your meditation needs forever without spending a dime!
5 | Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is a spiritual thought leader, bestselling author of "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success," speaker and media personality who offers a wide range of content on his website such as blog posts, eCourses and more about Ayurvedic nutrition, yoga, meditation and spirituality. He hosts a free online 4-part program called “How to Meditate” and also features free guided meditations.
6 | Tami Simon
Sounds True, a website developed by meditation teacher Tami Simon, is an extensive online library of eCourses, recordings, videos and music aimed at helping people live a more peaceful, meaningful life. All of the major players in the intersecting worlds of spirituality, psychology, meditation and Eastern philosophy are represented here in the electronic products sold here. Sounds True also offers an impressive amount of free content. My favorite free resource here is the “Self-Acceptance Project,” which features thoughtful interviews with 23 different experts in the fields of psychotherapy, mindfulness and self-compassion. The insights shared in these interviews could be life-changing!
7 | Insight L.A.
Insight L.A. is a Los Angeles-based meditation society and training organization that provides meditation classes to professionals and the general public. They offer dozens of free guided meditations and dharma talks on their website here. If you live in the area and want to take a class, check out their class calendar.
8 | Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield is a towering figure in the meditation and psychotherapy fields. He’s written influential books and developed many online courses for mindfulness and optimal mental health. His free materials include dharma talks and videos.
9 | UCLA
UCLA has become known recently for its advancements in researching the benefits of mindfulness as well as it’s involving the community in learning how to meditate. Their weekly free meditation podcast can be accessed here. If you live nearby and want to catch a live event, UCLA offers free drop-in 30-minute guided meditation sessions multiple times a week. Check out the calendar here.
10 | Dharma Seed & Audio Dharma
Dharma Seed and Audio Dharma are two of the largest searchable online databases for dharma talks. All the Buddhist Psychology wisdom you could possibly want can be found here. Basically, the Google of the dharma.
11 | UCSD
UCSD is also an innovator in the field of meditation and health, specifically in the area of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Their free guided meditations can be found here. Types of meditations include body scans, lovingkindness, awareness of breath and mindful movement.
12 | Insight Meditation Society
Insight Meditation Society is a meditation retreat center in Massachusetts founded by Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, who were among the pioneers who brought meditation into the Western world and into the mainstream. IMS offers a variety of free audio meditation resources on their website here such as podcasts, guided meditations and dharma talks.
I hope these resources are useful to you in your meditation journey. Remember that developing a meditation practice takes time and patience and there is no right or wrong way of doing it. Simply stay curious and committed and you’ll see the benefits of practice in your daily life. Now I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite free online meditation resources. Did I forget any amazing ones here in this list? Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and be well!
about the author
Hi! I'm Natalie. And my passion is helping people live more peaceful, meaningful lives. Through holistic therapy in Pasadena and here on the blog, my mission is to provide people with the support and tools they need to live their best life.