Top 10 Insight Timer Meditations for Mothers
After years of restless monkey mind attempts, I’ve finally created a daily meditation habit I wouldn’t want to live without. I owe it all to the free Insight Timer Meditation app.
I wrote about my trial of several meditation apps here. Insight Timer meditations quickly won me over .
I love to wake up in the morning to ‘beditate’ without even getting out from under the cozy covers.
The best thing about Insight Timer meditations are the vast choice of guided recordings of varying lengths and themes. Rather than one voice – there are males and females in many accents and styles, with or without background music. It’s like reading a few pages from an inspiring personal growth book every single day and becoming a better version of me with each short session. I’m doing a lot less future tripping and past looping as I learn to live more in the present moment.
There’s also a unique sense of community. When you complete a meditation it shows you a map of how many other people were meditating with you all over the world. That number keeps increasing as more people are discovering the app.
I’ve started a Project Me for Busy Mothers group within the app where we share our favourite meditations – there are hundreds of us there now. Come and join in by going to ‘Groups’ then searching for Project Me for Busy Mothers.
Here’s my compiled list of specific meditations that target the emotions we often feel as mothers. Anger, frustration, self-doubt, anxiety, low moods. I’ve also included some wonderful guided visualisations to help you to manifest your dreams and goals.
It was super challenging to narrow it down to 10, but doing the research (or shall I say me-search!) was fun. I do love my ‘job’. Here are the ones that have made the final cut and the reasons why I love them.
My Top 10 Insight Timer Meditations for Busy Mothers
Five Minutes of Self-Compassion by Lisa Abramson. (Which is actually only 4 mins, 15 seconds) If you’re beating yourself up about something like shouting at your child or not handling a situation well, this meditation reminds you that everyone finds it tough some days and to forgive yourself. Simple affirmations give you a positive pep talk so you can re-group and start again. Lock yourself in the bathroom for 4 short minutes. It’ll save a bad moment from spiraling into a bad day.
Morning Meditation by Bethany Auriel-Hagen (6 mins) When I can barely lift my head off of the pillow, I press play on this one. Stretching and breathing for a few short minutes infuses me with positive energy which I then pour onto my kids. No more mean mama at breakfast! If you’re still twiddling on social media on your phone in the mornings – stop that right now and tap the Insight Timer app instead. It’s a much better way to kick-start your day.
Just for Today by Tom Evans (10 mins) A perfect one for beginners. How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of it. Sit or lie down, breathe and soak in Tom’s simple guidance about gratitude, random acts of kindness, and letting go. I used Tom’s meditation Getting In The Zone a lot as I was writing my book to get me into a super focused state of mind. He’s the only man to have joined our Project Me group in the app! We all love his meditations.
Wake Up & Shine: A Daily Morning Practice by Katie Krimitsos. (10 mins) I feel like this was created especially for us! This lovely guided practice of mindfulness and self-compassion is designed to help you set an intention in the morning that will carry you through your day. It does indeed make me shine from the inside out!
SOS for Anxiety by Mary Maddux. (12 mins) This quickly took my stress and anxiety levels from sky-high to neutral. I did it just before my husband got home from work and it single handedly saved our Friday night – and possibly our entire weekend. Mary has 17 meditations in this app on topics ranging from anger, stress, patience, loneliness, and sleep meditations for adults and children.
Releasing Frustration by David Gandleman (14 mins) is perfect if you’re in an energy draining situation, such as feeling angry with your child, partner, boss, or frustrated about something not going the way you want it to. David has a light-hearted, charming approach to his guided meditations that’ll make you smile. He teaches us how to understand ourselves better so we can learn, grow and fully let go. I love David’s many recordings, including I Can’t Sleep Meditation and Getting Up On The Wrong Side of The Bed.
Soul Gardening: Begin to Cultivate a Life You Love (12 mins) This one is in complete alignment with what I teach in my online goal setting program. Think of a goal or dream you’d love to come true. Start with ‘I AM’, write down your goal in the present tense as if it’s already your reality, really FEEL how it will be, create a vision board of pictures that support your goal. Use a notebook immediately following this meditation to capture your thoughts. I love it!
Drift to Sleep by Andy Hobson.(22 mins) I love all of Andy’s meditations as his voice is like a dear comforting friend. This one helps you to let go of the day so you can drift into a peaceful sleep. Andy composes and records his own accompanying music and this one includes dreamy ocean waves.
Discovering Your Intrinsic Self by Sarah Blondin (12 mins). All of Sarah’s meditations are like having a gorgeous poem read out loud to yourself by your own higher soul. Simply close your eyes and absorb the truth in her words. This one especially speaks to those who’re feeling deeply low as she inspires you to practice gentle kindness to yourself. Explore all of Sarah’s beautiful offerings as at least one of them will speak to you personally. Our Soul’s Expansion is for anyone going through a tough time. It’s incredibly soothing and hopeful.
Midday “All Is Well” Meditation by Angela Kontgen (5 mins) This will help you hit the re-set button if you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed as the day progresses. I did this one in the car outside of school to get me back into a loving, connected state when I collected my kids in the afternoon. She knows how to breathe you back down into calmness. Breathing is always the solution. There’s another called Quickie Reset by Bex Urban to restore calm and peace in five minutes.
In the search bar, type in ‘Motherhood’ or ‘Moms’ for meditations that include pregnancy and breastfeeding. I’ve even spotted one for morning sickness and another for headaches! Metta for Moms by Renee Bond (9 mins) is a sweet mama ‘time-out’ for making space in our hearts for our children and ourselves. Either sitting or lying down, repeat these gentle affirmations to yourself. Embrace your challenges alongside your joys.
There are plenty of Insight Timer meditations specifically for children and teenagers too. A child who grows up with a mother who meditates with and without them would understand it as a way of life. What an amazing gift for both of you.
I have created this video tour of the Insight Timer meditation app to walk you through all of the great features inside the app!
Please use the social media share buttons here to spread the word about Insight Timer. In the comments below, let us know if you’ve got a meditation habit already and how it’s benefiting you. If you’re not meditating yet, share your thoughts and let me know if you have any questions. Peace & love to you, busy mamas. Kelly xx
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