Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Meditation Getaways" retail products are now available

I know I'd said months ago (maybe even half a year ago) that I'd soon be releasing the popular Meditation Getaways guided meditation series as a line of retail downloads. Well, I'm proud to say that they are here! Take a look at the latest version of the Moodstreams product catalog.

For those who are hearing about Meditation Getaways for the first time, here's the scoop: In early 2009, I launched a free podcast series of guided meditations that were all about exercising the imagination and developing creativity. They featured Moodstreams nature sounds as background ambience, while my voice guided listeners on these "adventures of the mind" to various remote locations in the imagination, and it gave us all a chance to practice thinking abstractly in order to bring balance to our lives in a society where analysis and critical thinking are becoming increasingly dominant. The Meditation Getaways became very popular thanks to iTunes and other podcasting services, and there was a demand for me to keep making more of them. I released 8 meditations throughout the course of the year, after which I felt it necessary to take a break from them for a while, and decide where I might go with them next or whether I had already accomplished everything that I could accomplish with the series and that was it.

During this break, the podcast series continued to gain in popularity, and I decided that I should just incorporate them into the retail part of my business. As proud as I was of the podcast, they were still very "podcasty" in nature, in the sense that every single episode had a long introduction where I would say who I was, what I did, the name of my business, the website people should go to, the purpose of the meditation series, etc. etc. In other words, it was full of ads and promotion for myself, because that's how you keep things free while running a business. So faithful listeners who used the meditations frequently had to wade through this long introduction to get to the "meat" of the meditation. Some listeners expressed their annoyance over this!

So, for starters, I simply decided to re-release the entire series of 8 meditations as a collection of high-quality retail MP3 products. The new Meditation Getaways, which are available now on Moodstreams.com, are recorded and issued in the same outstanding audio quality as the Moodstreams nature sounds (instead of inferior podcast-quality audio), and have no ads or promotion. When you press "play", you hear me say the name of the meditation, and then I start guiding you into the meditation right away. They're available for the low price of $5.99 per individual meditation, or $19.99 for the complete collection of 8. Each meditation is between 14 and 20 minutes long. If you get all 8, you get well over 2 hours of meditations. Not bad for 20 bucks!

From now on, when I record a new episode of Meditation Getaways, it will simply be added to the retail line. The podcast continues to exist, but I won't be adding any new episodes to it for now, although I may occasionally add audio recordings of simple breathing exercises and relaxation exercises.

So if you are intrigued by the concept of Meditation Getaways, or are already a listener of the podcast who is sick of fast-forwarding through my shameless self promotion, you might want to give the retail series a look!