Modern Meditations: Press Play and a Giveaway!

by Rachel on February 15, 2010

You guys know I love tunes that make me want to sweat, but I also love chill tunes for cooking, writing, and relaxing. As part of my February “take a daily mental break” goal, I have been spending more time listening to music and reading at night, and it’s been great! So when I heard about these new CDs, Modern Meditations, I was super excited to give them a listen. And the company was kind enough to send me the albums to review, because I had a feeling you guys would dig them!

So the whole idea is that as younger, hipper chicks (like us) might want to bliss out to music…but not want to bliss out with weird music that’s all New Age shit. I mean, don’t get me wrong, New Age shit has its time and place, but I like the Modern Meditations “no pan flutes, no wind chimes allowed” motto.

I reviewed three albums: Rock Classics, Modern Classics, and The Sounds of the Beatles. I listened to each album last week and I am loving them — they are so chill, and great background music, but when you hear the hook, of, say, “Clocks” or “Losing My Religion,” you realize how modern it actually is!

I made this little music video so you could hear a sample — this is the Rolling Stones! (This song is a bit slower than the others.)

My favorite album is definitely “Modern Classics,” but that’s just my taste in music. It has songs like “Hallelujah,” “Ray of Light,” and “Come As You Are.” Yes, I will stretch out to Nirvana, thank you very much! Even though I’m not generally into rock, the Rock Classics album is still bad ass. And you can’t go wrong with The Beatles! There is also U2, Coldplay, and more in the works (Bob Marley, Radiohead, and Indie Classics, which I’m really excited about).

What I liked is that even though all the albums were super chill, they didn’t make me want to fall asleep at my desk. Definitely good for instructors (I’ll be adding these songs to my spinning playlists for the cool-down), but really just good for anyone who wants some background tunes while they are working but gets distracted by words or songs that get stuck in your head (like me).

And the good news is, I have a copy of each CD to give away! That means I get to make your week if you are one of THREE lucky winners! Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to bliss out! (Mine is reading magazines and doing my nails!)

2. Be sure you’re following me on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway @ShedItAndGetIt (make sure you include the link to this post)…and then comment on THIS POST letting me know you did.

3, Write about this giveaway on your blog or Facebook profile and include the link to this post…and then comment on this post letting me know!

You can enter EACH way, EACH DAY till Friday Feb. 19 at 6:00 PM. Just be sure to leave me a comment every time you enter; I’ll select a random winner from the comments! If you don’t want to risk your luck, you can head to the Modern Meditations Web site to order your CD right now.

Blog giveaways are SWEET! I just won a $25 iTunes gift card from Fitness and Spice yesterday. So have fun entering over and over again; I’m excited to make three of you very blissful and happy!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julia February 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

My fave way to relax is to throw on a pair of yoga or sweat pants, make a cup of Aveda tea (so good!) and sit on the couch with a blanket to watch the shows I DVRed for the week :)


2 Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

awesome giveaway! I loved the little sample tune – very nice. :)

My favorite way to bliss out is to read a book. :)
.-= Teri [a foodie stays fit]´s last blog ..I love this love day =-.


3 Madison February 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I’m so psyched about these. It’s so hard to find good meditation/relazation music that doesn’t just make me want to turn it off or fall asleep.
Think this may be the product of meditation and yoga reaching more people? I sure hope so! People need to chill.

Thanks for the giveaway and the info!


4 Dori February 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I just read about this in Vital Juice!!
Favorite way to bliss out is to lay in bed with a book I can’t put down.

.-= Dori´s last blog ..Crazy Planks and Music Yoga Flow =-.


5 FoodCents February 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Bliss out, bliss up…………… hot bath, good book, laying in the sun…….


6 wine cellar February 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Hey if the cd has Buckley and Radiohead then it must be good! Two of my favorite musicians…Thom Yorke and Jeff Buckley! Cheers~
.-= wine cellar´s last blog ..I pulling the trigger on your wine allocations in 2010 =-.


7 Christie ( February 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I love to relax by putting on some yoga pants and a comfy hoodie and retiring to the couch for some ‘garbage’, er, reality TV!

If I really, really need to Bliss out I grab my favorite mag and hit the spa/salon for a mani/pedi!

Tweet you soon :)
.-= Christie (´s last blog ..breakfast for dinner! =-.


8 Suzanne February 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm

My favorite way to bliss out is put on baggy sweats and watch a movie or tv episode that I have seen many times before (I’d sooner rewatch than watch a new movie) with a glass of wine and a platter of snacks – cheese, crackers, veggies, hummus.
.-= Suzanne´s last blog ..Today is sooo slow: =-.


9 Caitie February 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

This doesnt really have to do with the contest, but I wanted to tell you that I went to a spin class a few months ago and the teacher did something that I LOVED! During one song, she asked everyone to yell out the word “switch” at least once, it didn’t matter if a bunch were in a row or not. Everytime you heard the word, you had to switch positions. Everyone did which ever position they wanted, so not everyone was in sync but it was so much fun! I don’t know if it’d be as fun with a small class but I thought I’d tell you anyway! It was one of my favorite things, and that was the only time its happened at a class I went to!


10 Rachel February 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

That is SO FUN! I will definitely have to incorporate that!!


11 Ashley February 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

A pedicure with a great magazines is my favorite!
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..Bar Boulud: A serving of classic French fare =-.


12 Ashley February 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Posted on Facebook profile!
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..Bar Boulud: A serving of classic French fare =-.


13 healthy ashley February 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

OMG, this is awesome!!! I would use this all day and every day!


14 amanda February 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I love to either paint my toenails while watching my favorite tv show or just curling up on the couch watching my favorite tv show with no electronic devices in my hand (laptop, iphone, etc)
.-= amanda´s last blog ..Food Porn =-.


15 Karoline February 15, 2010 at 11:14 pm

My fave ways to bliss out are reading magazines while getting a pedicure and going for a walk in Central Park with chill songs on my ipod (preferably both activities in the same day).


16 Kristine February 16, 2010 at 6:15 am

I just read about these in vital juice and I was going to get one! So excited your doing thus contest! My favorite way to zen out is cleaning candles and music. Weird I know but it’s the only way I don’t have to think about anything else. By the way saw your from Michigan. Where did you go to school and what sorority? I went to U of M & was an alpha phi :)


17 Kristine February 16, 2010 at 6:33 am

Just added an annoucement on my facebook page too!


18 Rebecca February 16, 2010 at 8:18 am
19 Emily February 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

My favorite way to relax is watching one of my many favorite TV shows while snacking with my husband.

And those CDs look great!
.-= Emily´s last blog ..Yoplait Frozen Smoothie Giveaway! =-.


20 Emily February 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

AND I tweeted it!
.-= Emily´s last blog ..Yoplait Frozen Smoothie Giveaway! =-.


21 Elizabeth February 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

How cool! My favorite way to relax is jogging in the park. And I like to read in bed.


22 Jennifer February 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm

My favorite way to chill is by reading a fashion magazine. My fave is Glamour and whenever it arrives I run to my room and lay on my bed like a 12-year-old girl, on my stomach with my legs in the air, and immediately start reading cover to cover.


23 Kristine February 18, 2010 at 10:47 am

I didn’t realize I could enter more than once hahaha ahhhhh! Thanks for doing this giveaway! Another way I love to zen out is going to get a pedicure or facial. There is this amazing place in New York called Escape and its pretty cheap!
.-= Kristine´s last blog ..Complimentary Kettlebell Classes at SHOCKra Studios =-.


24 Missy Maintains February 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Favorite way to bliss out is by getting a massage! I could use one right now :)
.-= Missy Maintains´s last blog ..Dripping Hummus? =-.


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