Beginner’s Guided Floating Visualization Meditation – Free Mp3 Download!

Beginners Guided Meditation ScriptGuided Meditation Script – Be sure and download this meditation above to your phone or mp3 player.

Find yourself a comfortable position in a location where you will not be disturbed and can have the time and privacy to completely explore meditation without the external pressures of everyday life invading your time and space for the next 30 minutes

In the next few minutes, you will delve into the practice of meditation with me as your guide.

Meditation is the practice of finding peace, stillness, and silence in the midst of a hectic world. It is personal and you will develop your very own practice.

So as we move into the practice of meditation, simply release any existing ideas or thoughts and suspend any beliefs you have about meditation and let us begin.

Now once you are comfortable either seated or lying down, pay attention to your breath, inhaling and exhaling and feeling the air fill your lungs and releasing negative energy on the exhale

Continuing to focus on your breath and as you do so notice how your body is feeling…

Are you experiencing any tension in your body, perhaps in your neck or shoulder, back or jaw…?

Just continue to focus on your breathing allow your breath to go onto these places of tension and release the tension on your exhaling

Bringing your attention to your breathing is the easiest and quickest way to bring your awareness to the present moment.

And feel your body relaxing now and as you continue to observe your breathing feel the tension leaving your body, leaving your hands and feet, your jaw and eyes, your neck and shoulders all relaxing now…

Contemplative Practices – Access Transcendent Wisdom and Emotional Balance In Your Life

Contemplative PracticesWhat are Contemplative Practices?

Contemplative Practices cultivate a critical, first-person focus, sometimes with direct experience as the object, while at other times concentrating on complex ideas or situations. Incorporated into daily life, they act as a reminder to connect to what we find most meaningful.

Contemplative practices are practical, radical, and transformative, developing capacities for deep concentration and quieting the mind in the midst of the action and distraction that fills the everyday life. This state of calm centeredness is an aid to the exploration of meaning, purpose, and values. Contemplative practices can help develop greater empathy and communication skills, improve focus and attention, reduce stress and enhance creativity, supporting a loving and compassionate approach to life.

Contemplative practices are widely varied; for an illustration of just some of the many types of practices, please see the “Tree of Contemplative Practices” for more information. They come in many forms, from traditions all over the world. Examples of contemplative practices include various forms of meditation, focused thought, time in nature, writing, contemplative arts, and contemplative movement.

Some people find that active, physical practices, like yoga or tai chi, work best for them. Others find nourishment in still and silent practices, like mindfulness meditation. Some people find that rituals rooted in a religious or cultural tradition soothe their soul. And not all practices are done in solitude–groups and communities can engage in practices that support reflection in a social context.

We encourage you to discover for yourself how contemplative practice, in whatever form is best for you, can enrich your life and work.

Attribution:ContemplativeMind.org

Guided Candle Meditation – Step By Step Guide

Candle MeditationA Candle Meditation can be used to help clear your mind and increase your ability to focus. You can do this is by lighting a candle and focusing directly on the flame.

You can download and use the guided meditation audio mp3 above to learn how to perform a guided candle meditation.

Many beginners find it much easier to clear their mind when focusing on an object.

Candles can also help to create a relaxing environment to aid in meditation. To use candles for meditation, you will need to choose a candle, create a relaxing environment, and position the candle for meditation. Then, light the candle and begin to clear your mind and focus on the flame.

Warnings For A Candle Meditation

Don’t fall so deep into your meditative trance that you wouldn’t notice the house burning down. If you think you’re going to be in an unresponsive state while meditating, have a friend or relative come check on you.

Choosing a Candle For Your Meditation

Select a non-toxic candle. Many candles are made from toxic chemicals, such as paraffin. These release harmful vapors while the candle is lit and should not be used for candle meditation. Instead, select a candle made from a non-toxic or natural substance, such as beeswax or soy wax.

Choose a white, blue, or purple candle for spirituality. While meditating you will be looking at and focusing on the candle. Some people believe that certain colors can have symbolic meaning and can enhance your meditation experience. If you want to meditate for protection, purification, inner peace, spirituality, or intuition, you should use a white, blue, or purple candle.

Use a red or pink candle for love, passion, and power. If you want to focus your meditation session on love, romance, passion, power, or happiness, you should use a red or pink candle.

Select a green candle for fertility and wealth. Perhaps you want to use your meditation session to focus on prosperity and wealth. If this is the case then you should use a green candle. Green candles can also be used for fertility.

Determine if you want a scented candle

Some people find that scents help them reach a deeper level of relaxation. Others; however, may be allergic or sensitive to certain scents and prefer to use a non-scented candle. Experiment with both options and choose the one that helps you focus and relax.

Some scents to consider for meditation include lavender, vanilla, pine, peppermint, cinnamon, or jasmine.

Creating a Relaxing Environment

Choose a quiet room. Meditation is a relaxing experience, and you want your location to match your inner state. Find a place where you won’t be disturbed for the duration of the session, typically 15 to 30 minutes. Pick a room that is free of household traffic and loud noises.

Dim the lights. Before you begin meditating, dim the lights in the room and pull down the window shades. It will be much easier to focus on the candle in a dimly lit room. If the room is too bright you may experience eye strain.

Remove any distractions from the room. When you meditate, you want to clear your mind and focus solely on the candle. Turn off your phone and/or other technology that may disturb your meditation and relaxation.

Wear comfortable clothing. You should try and be completely comfortable while you are meditating. If you are wearing uncomfortable clothing, your mind may stray and focus on your discomfort. Instead, wear flowing clothes that are loose around the waist, chest, and hips.

Positioning the Candle for Meditation

Place the candle at eye level. When using candles for meditation, you are supposed to keep your eyes open and look at the candle. For maximum comfort, the candle should be positioned at eye level, or just below eye level. This way you will not have to strain your neck to look up or down at the candle.

Situate the candle 20 inches (50 cm) away from you. Place the candle approximately 20 inches (50 cm) in front of where you will be sitting. If the candle is closer to you it will appear too bright and may distract you from your meditation.

Sit down in a comfortable position. It is important that you sit in a comfortable position. You can either sit in a chair with your feet firmly planted on the ground and your back straight or cross-legged on the ground with a straight back. Your hands should be placed in a relaxed position on your lap.

Place multiple candles throughout the room. Some people enjoy meditating with multiple candles lit. Candles can help to create a relaxing environment for all types of meditation and prayer. Along with candle gazing meditation, you could light candles while practicing other forms of meditation, such as mindfulness meditation, guided visualization, and transcendental meditation.

Meditating with a Candle

Look at the flame. Once the candle is lit, gaze at the candle and let the flame occupy your mind. In the beginning, your eyes may water slightly from the candlelight, but this should fade throughout the session. Some people find that focusing on an object while meditating is much easier than focusing on a mantra.

Meditate and clear your mind. Begin your meditation by steadily breathing and staring at the flame. Let yourself become absorbed by the beauty, clarity, and purity of the light. You will find that it is actually quite easy to get lost in the flame. You will also notice that your thoughts will naturally begin to wander. Each time you catch your mind drifting, bring your thoughts back to the flame.

This will help improve your focus and relaxation.

Blow out the candle after the session. Once you are finished meditating make sure you blow out the candle and extinguish the flame. Candles can be fire hazards and should not be left unattended. Always make sure you extinguish any candles before leaving the room.