Are you looking for really good guided meditations? Meditations that you can stream or maybe even try for free? I can help you with that. You might be surprised by my tip for where to look, though. Most people who look for meditations either try to find a meditation app or look for them on YouTube. That is not where I, a meditation teacher who has been producing meditations for almost a decade, would look. Why? Well, meditation apps often do not pay contributors. They make a lot of money, and the people who do the work get nothing. Writing and producing one meditation (of decent quality) can easily cost as much as $3,000. That means that creators need about 500,000 to one million streams on Spotify to cover development costs. (Spotify doesn’t pay you more if your meditation is an hour than it does for a three-minute song.) For YouTube, multiply that by four. Thus, this is not where you will find those really great meditations (unless you pay for premium and can listen to audiobook mediations that are split into several tracks)
So where do you go then? The answer is audiobook streaming apps and, drumroll, your local library. Yes, your library. There are lots of apps, OverDrive, Bibliotheca, hoopla, etc., where you can use your regular library card to try out a meditation for free. The library then pays the author/mediation teacher. When it comes to streaming, there are new apps popping up yearly that claim to be the next Netflix or Spotify for books. I have tried several different kinds. Some that are available worldwide and some that are only available in Sweden. Some great ones are Storytel, Nextory, and Bookmate. Audible is the absolute worst and most expensive one of all. The price you pay for one book on Audible would often give you unlimited access to all books in the catalog no matter which one of the other services you choose. All of the services listed above, as well as the library apps, pay the creators anywhere between 17 and 450 times per stream or checkout compared to Spotify and YouTube depending on how long the audiobook is and have great content. This means that when you go to these apps to listen to meditations, you will find the very best ones, while you also help the creators get paid enough to make it possible for them to produce even more great meditations that you can listen to. And, as you will read below, it might not cost you more than you would play for Spotify to get unlimited access to thousands of great guided meditations.
My favorite app is Scribd. None of the other audiobook streaming apps even come close to offering what Scribd does, at a fraction of the cost. Scribd costs about $8/month, which is even less than Spotify or YouTube Premium and half of what some of the other book apps cost. Besides audiobooks, Scribd also offers ebooks, magazines and sheet music in multiple languages. Most other apps (besides Bookmate, which is a really great alternative) only offers books in English and one other language (such as Swedish if you live in Sweden).
Scribd has over 2,000 audiobooks about meditation, most of which are guided meditations. Most are in English, but like I said above, the company accepts books in multiple languages, I did not have any problem having my books in Swedish accepted. One thing that I love about Scribd is that you can create your own playlists, most other apps only have one “bookcase” where you can have about 20 books at a time. The absolutely greatest thing about Scribd though, is that you can restart the book with just a click of a button. On Storytel you have to rewind it like it was a cassette and it is still the 80s. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see some of my meditations that you can find on Scribd).
Ps. If you are meditation teacher looking to get your meditations on Scribd I recommend Findaway Voices. Findaway Voices is a distributor that distributes to over 30 vendors.