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Books, tools, and people who've helped me along my meditation journey. Plus extras.

24 life-changing books

Books are like friends to me. These books opened my eyes and changed my life.

The early years
  1. 1
    Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda 
  2. 2
    Medjugorje; The Message, Wayne Weible
  3. 3
    Dying to be Me, Anita Moorjani
  4. 4
    The Power of Intention, Dr. Wayne Dyer
  5. 5
    Many Lives, Many Masters, Dr. Brian Weiss
  6. 6
    What We Talk About When We Talk About God, Rob Bell
  7. 7
    The Gospel of Inclusion, Carlton Pearson
  8. 8
    The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
  9. 9
    Mind Over Medicine, Lissa Rankin
  10. 10
    Kitchen Table Wisdom, Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
The last five years
  1. 1
    Loving What Is, Byron Katie
  2. 2
    The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
  3. 3
    The Voice of Knowledge, Don Miguel Ruiz
  4. 4
    The Way of Liberation, Adyashanti
  5. 5
    The Infinite Way, Joel S. Goldsmith
  6. 6
    The Tao Te Ching, Laozi
  7. 7
    Falling Upward, Richard Rohr
  8. 8
    The Universal Christ, Richard Rohr
  9. 9
    The Gospel of Mary, Jean-Yves LeLoup
  10. 10
    Change Me Prayers, Tosha Silver

3 must-watch videos

My Stroke Of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.


Inspirational thinker Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic behaviour. 

Go Deep In One Place

Father Richard Rohr talks about mysticism, metaphor and why being deeply loyal to one's own spiritual tradition can inspire respect for other traditions. 

Conversations with a meditator

Hear from a few of my favorite people about how meditation has impacted their lives.

"I've got red hair and the temper to match it. Now I know how to pause." 

Denise Doss is reimagining her life (and enjoying her grandkids!) after retiring from corporate America. Hear why she started meditating, her "Big 2" benefits, what almost kept her from learning to meditate, tips for new meditators, and what keeps her on the path.

"If it can calm a crazy guy like me down, there's hope for humanity."

Wade Thompson has traveled all over the world with the likes of Dolly Parton and other world-famous musicians, started up several unique and successful businesses, has a tight-knit lovely family, sees God in everything, and feels "happy for no apparent reason whatsoever." What's his secret? Find out in this fun conversation!

"I was the person who was too busy. Starting with 5 minutes a day is ok."

How does a mom of two, softball coach, and professional make time for meditation? Jodi Stepanek shares what brought her to meditation, how she makes it a part of her busy life, and why. Jodi recently became a certified meditation teacher because, "This is hand-down amazing. An amazing tool that we all can do."

Meditation freebies from Angela Swanson

5 Ways to Meditate When You Don't Have Time to Meditate

If you're too busy to meditate, read this TODAY. Find out where your time is hiding, how meditation pays you back by giving you MORE time, and how to fit meditation into even the busiest of lives. Includes helpful checklists and thought-provoking prompts. With bonus: 15 sure-fire signs of busyness.

what if meditation was easy
The 5 Secrets Every Meditator Needs to Not Suck at Meditation

You sit down to meditate and then BAM! you start thinking of everything from "who will be the next James Bond?" to your looming to-do list, or you get antsy, feel bored, or fall asleep. Use these tips next time you meditate! With bonus: Where, when, and how long you should meditate. I'll help you meditate with ease so you never have to struggle with it again.

Personal help with meditation

Fast, affordable, expert-level meditation know-how & guidance.

Get meditation tips from Angela Swanson
Tips on demand

Get 30 days of my best tips delivered straight to your phone so you can make meditation a habit that sticks(!) and blends easily into your life. It's like having a teacher in your pocket. Save these tips, you'll want them again.

The Moment Membership

Perfect for newbies and seasoned meditators alike, this is THE way to get my personal help with your practice and meditate with other cool people who want to get the absolute most out of meditation. 

Extra goodness

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Sit your tush down on Pebbl.

Meet Pebbl, a portable, customizable, stylish meditation chair that allows you to take a moment (and a breath) at any time, anyplace. It travels the distance - from home, to work and anyplace in between. Think of it as the "yoga mat" for meditation.  Get 20% off by using this link.

Pebbl meditation chair

Pebbl meditation chair

Become a meditation teacher.

Do you feel the call to teach meditation? If so, you can get certified and become a meditation teacher at the Meditation Teacher Academy through McLean Meditation Institute. This training is life-changing (whether you decide to teach or not). The founder, Sarah McLean, is my teacher. (I was in her very first teacher cohort in 2013!) Tell her Angie sent ya!

Bring mindfulness to work.

Workplace gotcha down? I feel you. You can change the culture of work (YAY!) and bring mindfulness to the workplace by becoming a certified MMI Mindful Trainer. Another world-class training program I can vouch for by McLean Meditation Institute.

Tech I love. (For your inner entrepreneur.)

For my membership site and digital courses I use Kajabi. User-friendly and super support.

For email I use Flodesk. They're new and fresh and I enjoy writing email now, which is a miracle. Get 50% off by using this link.

Speaking of email, get my emails right here.

So I actually have people to send email to, I use Optin Monster. They help me grow my email list through popups, etc. Click here to see it in action.

For graphics I've been using Canva. I find the simplicity refreshing and soooo easy.