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We hope to create a sense of community as we meditate and grow together.  We’re making this website as interactive as possible, with lots of opportunity for people to comment or ask questions.  

We also hope to find more ways for you to connect with us and with each other.  Let us know if you have any ideas!

On the Creativity Page you can enjoy the stories, poems, music, artwork of other podcast listeners.

On our Share Experiences page, you can share your experiences with meditation and read those of others. Expressing what you are experiencing in meditation, as well as in your life as a result of meditation, can help enliven and integrate those experiences.  You can also learn from what others have to say.

Social networking & other ways to connect…

Facebook

Recently joined Facebook — another way to connect with us. Already have a few “fans” and it’s fun to see your faces and communicate this way. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Meditation-Oasis/66227909993

MySpace

Some of you have already found us on MySpace. Visit us on MySpace if you want to connect with us there: http://www.myspace.com/meditationoasis

Twitter & iLike

Comments

22 Responses to “Community”

  1. Rebecca Mills on September 11th, 2008 11:03 am

    I am a beginner as far as meditation goes. I discovered Meditation Oasis on iTunes and immediately subscribed to it and listen to on my iPod. I also love to knit and I sometimes knit while listening to the podcasts. Knitting is a meditative, prayerful activity, so it fits in well with my meditations.

  2. Mary on September 12th, 2008 8:50 am

    You’re not such a beginner if you’ve been knitting! I also knit and it can be a meditation in itself depending on how you approach it. Obviously you’ve already discovered it’s meditative and prayerful qualities.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcasts — thanks for stopping by.

  3. pat gooderham on September 26th, 2008 9:25 am

    This webpage is so great and very personal which I like. And no ads flashing in your face either. I am a beginner in the meditation department and try hard to incorporate it into my daily living more to help with my health issues and to give me a quieter peace of mind.

    Thank you for letting me post this comment and speak my mind.

    God Bless everyone here that made this happen…..:)

  4. Mary on September 26th, 2008 12:08 pm

    Thanks for commenting, Pat. From our experience and what we’ve seen with people using our meditations, its well worth the effort to make meditation a habit. Seems it’s like starting any new program, it’s a challenge in the beginning but once it’s a habit, you just do it automatically without thinking twice.

  5. Bob Geurtze on September 27th, 2008 6:51 pm

    I want to thank you all very much for making these meditations available to all. I have not found anthing like this any place else on the net. Please keep up the good work..

  6. Mary on September 28th, 2008 1:13 pm

    You’re so welcome, Bob. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  7. Jessica VanDuzer on December 17th, 2008 3:44 pm

    I discovered your podcasts a couple of years ago and have enjoyed them quite a bit. I kept meaning to check out the website but kept putting it off because I had the podcasts. This season at work has been crazy and today on my break I pulled up the website (I’m not allowed to have my iPod with me at work) and listened to one of the meditations. I went back to work for the rest of the day feeling so much calmer! I love how some of them are short enough to fit into my break. It works out very nicely.

  8. Mary on December 17th, 2008 5:48 pm

    Thanks for checking in, Jessica. We enjoy hearing how people are using the podcasts. Great you found a way to listen at work!

  9. Jeanine on December 22nd, 2008 7:45 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for the guided meditation podcasts. I am pretty new to meditating and still not really sure if I am doing them correctly, but am really enjoying learning the process.

    I’d love some meditations on how to stop analyzing thoughts and emotions.

  10. Mary on December 23rd, 2008 10:02 am

    You are welcome, Jeanine.

    I would say that if you are enjoying learning the process, you are probably doing the meditations correctly. In a sense, there’s no right way to do them, but there are sometimes some tips that can help you to achieve greater ease and effortlessness which is the goal of the meditations.

    For more support, you can read the General Guidelines and Difficulty Meditating page.

    We will also be offering an Online Meditation Course soon for those who want more structure and guidance.

    As for stopping analyzing thoughts and emotions — you don’t have to! Thoughts will keep coming into the mind. They could be about a shopping list or they could consist of analyzing. Doesn’t matter. Just let them go. Let thoughts be a meaningless activity in the mind!

  11. Bruce on March 2nd, 2009 6:42 pm

    Hello. Your website was recommended to my by a therapist who I am seeing for depression. Your meditations have helped me a great deal to become a calmer, kinder, more adjusted person. The meditations ease me through the more tumultuous episodes of my life and give me a measure of control over my moods and how I deal with life.
    One thing does confuse me. Could you clarify what you mean when you speak of “not trusting” or resisting our experiences such as in the Letting Go or Trust meditations ?

    Hope you can help.

    P.S. keep up the good work. You are really helping people. I don’t think I would be in the good place I am now without your meditations.

  12. Mary on March 3rd, 2009 11:36 am

    Hi Bruce,
    I’m so glad the meditations are helpful to you.

    I’ll say a few words about what I mean by “not trusting” or “resisting” our experiences, but first want to say that it’s not important to understand everything I say. If you hear something in a meditation that doesn’t make sense, just let it go. You don’t need to understand, or even hear, all the words.

    That being said, what I mean by not resisting ones experiences is simply that from time to time you may notice that there is some resistance to an emotion or a thought that you are having. This is because often we’ve been conditioned to reject certain feelings or do not want to feel them for some reason. Whenever you notice yourself resisting or trying to push out an experience that naturally comes up in you, you can back off — let go of the resistance. I hope that clarifies it for you.

    Wishing you well, Mary.

  13. lisa lovely on April 2nd, 2009 10:19 am

    Hiya Mary, I wanted to write and say how much I love your meditations and I find that they are the meditative equivalent of cognitive behaviour therapy which i do espouse. Making people aware of feelings and not running any story is completely wonderful! I need reminders of that EVERY day. Those stories are so compelling eh! I think that non-story running thing is the key to SO much. Thank you a million for your work. I really appreciate it. Lisa. p.s. I particularly love the part when you say “doesn’t matter” when referring to getting into thoughts. That simplistic idea lets people off their hooks and is very reassuring. Thanks Mary :-)

  14. Mary on April 2nd, 2009 10:34 am

    You are so welcome, lisa lovely! It’s really helpful to hear your take on the meditations. Someone in another comment asked about what I meant by not believing the stories of the mind. I’m going to write a post about that…

  15. David Young on June 2nd, 2010 12:13 pm

    I was pointed to your website by a friend a couple weeks ago so I am really new to meditation. I have downloaded many of your podcasts to my ipod. I am going to make this part of my daily routine for dealing with aniexty along with other things. I really enjoy the layout of the site and how easy it is to find things. I look forward to all the new things you all do. Thanks Mary.

  16. Mary on June 2nd, 2010 1:53 pm

    You are welcome, David. Making meditation a part of your daily routine should bring a lot of benefit. Many people report relief from anxiety. Coincidentally, we’ve just finished creating a program for anxiety — “At Ease – Anxiety and Worry Relief”. It will soon be out on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and we are also working on a version for the website. I has meditations, but exercises and journaling as well.

  17. thomas on July 17th, 2010 4:19 am

    i’ve been listening to your meditations for several months now. what started as a sporadic interest has become a daily routine for me now! thanks a lot. i’m sure you have helped a great many people. i too have been informing people about your podcasts. keep up the great work you are doing!

  18. Mary on July 18th, 2010 9:49 am

    Thank you for your kind words, thomas, and you are very welcome!

  19. vickie on December 21st, 2010 2:24 am

    IF IT WEREN’T FOR MEDITATION OASIS, I REALLY DON’T THINK I WOULD BE HERE. MY DEPRESSION HAD BEEN UNBEARABLE, AND I THOUGHT BY AGE 49 WITH ALL THE THERAPY, MED.S, ETC., I HAD IT BEAT! THEN COMES SEVERAL CURVE BALLS,AND IT RETURNED WITH A VENGENCE. UNABLE TO FUNCTION, I KNEW I NEEDED A NEW ROUTE. THANK YOU SOO MUCH. YOU HAVE GIVEN ME A DIRECTION. I WISH YOU COULD ZERO IN ON SOME HOPEFUL MEDITATIONS. BABY STEPS FOR GETTING OUT OF LONLINESS, OR JUST OUT OF BED…. FOR NOW, YOU HAVE BEEN A LIFE SAVER! THE “TRUSTING” MEDITATION SPEAKS TO ME, AND MARY, MY NEW (OLD) FAVORATE PHRASE IS “IT DOESN’T MATTER”! THANK YOU ALL. V

  20. Mary on December 21st, 2010 10:32 am

    You are so very welcome, Vickie. It’s moving to hear that the meditations have helped you with your depression. Keep listening regularly and there should be some cumulative effect over time. Thank you for taking the time to comment and we wish you better times ahead.

  21. Stephanie B on May 8th, 2013 8:12 pm

    Do you have any meditations for women who’ve been through miscarriage & or ectopic pregnancy? I’d like to further explore meditation in dealing with the emotions of grief, fear, in context with wanting to be a mother. I’ve enjoyed many of your podcasts. Thanks

  22. Mary on May 9th, 2013 9:17 am

    Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We don’t have any meditations specifically for miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, but the Guided Meditation for Grief in our podcast could be helpful, as well as any of the other meditations that help you relax into those difficult emotions. As for fear, our At Ease – Anxiety & Worry Relief program could help. It’s available as a program on this website or as an app on Apple and Android. I wish you the best with this.

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