Part of the theme of my blog which has been rebranded in 2023 to “Charmed Reflections” is adopting mindfulness practices into your daily routine and working with intention setting.
One way to achieve mindfulness is through meditation. I know for me, meditation can be as simple as picking up my headphones and listening to relaxing music.
Meditations have come a long way in recent years, and there are a number of great YouTube channels that can help you with guided or solo meditations.
The list below is a work in progress and I’ll suggest channels and artists I’ve used personally.
The Honest Guys
This channel was created in 2009 and has earned an impressive 300+ million views. I often turn to this channel when I can’t fall asleep. There’s just something about the narrators voice that is soothing and relaxes me. Listening to these meditations at bed time is a great way to unwind.
Nu Meditation Music
The Nu Meditation Music channel was created in 2014 and like The Honest Guys, has earned over 300 million views. The channel has 1.7 million subscribers and has plenty videos from you to choose from.
For me, the hooker was their Native American and pan flute music. There is just something transcendent about the pan flute. Turn off the lights. Light a candle and lie down in your bed while listening to this masterpiece. Close your eyes. You will feel as though your spirit is flowing away from your body. They have everything from zen, reiki to Native American flute music which just puts me at ease.
Some of their videos are long enough that you could run the video all night long – if you have the data plan to do so. I do recommend either using an ad blocker, or investing in YouTube premium to avoid annoying ads.
Another video worth mentioning is the Indian Flute Music video. This music is simply haunting and stunning.
Spoken Word Meditations
When I first got into using Itunes about ten years ago, I discovered several hypnosis books and what is known as spoken word meditation. I’ve had a fascination with Native American traditions and the ways of the Shaman for decades.
During my time in Children’s Services, I learned much about the ways of the Elders. I was blessed to attend eagle feather ceremonies, sweat lodges, pipe ceremonies, and sage picking ceremonies. All of which unfortunately, led me to where I am today with asthma. But I hold dear all the elders that I met and learned from on this journey. I even got to make a hand drum out of deer hyde!
Michael Looking Coyote is one of the first artists I discovered thanks to Youtube. When dad still lived at home, I loved sneaking out to the backyard after he had gone to bed. I would put in my headphones and watch the stars while listening to this wonderful album.
While I get that cultural appropriation is a hot topic, I fully support Indigenous artists and listen to their music quite often. There’s just something spiritual about it for me.
Something else I discovered with Itunes was the wonderful world of audio-books. Technology really has changed the way we can record and share media with people around the world. Here are some of my favorite hypnosis and relaxation books that I downloaded. Keep an open mind for some of these. I love learning about different cultures and am simply fascinated by the way of the Shamans.
While I do not really identify with any one practice or religion, I have been open to many experiences and attended drumming circles when I was younger. I’ll update this list as I discover more artists like these.
Since I drafted this page, I discovered that even Spotify has some podcasts and audiobooks for meditation and I will create a separate post for those recommendations.
- Law of Attraction – Aiman Al-Maimani
- Message from your Animal Spirit Guides – Steven Farmer
- David McGraw – Power Affirmations
Popular Meditation Music Channels
- Daily Calm
- Inner Lotus Music
- Michael Seeley (Hypnosis)
- Music for Body and Spirit
- Nu Meditation Music
- Personal Power – Sleep Serenity & Meditation
- The Honest Guys (Meditations)
I recently joined Spotify Duo so I could have an account dedicated to ambient and meditative playlists. Make sure to follow me on Spotify for weekly playlists like this one. There is musical mixes for all music fans.
I tend to stay out of a lot of political discussion and keep them off my blog too. The channels I recommend are based on their art and meditations alone. I do not take part in “cancel” culture.