Whether you find guided meditation in the form of a podcast, video, or even an in-studio class, a guide can help you meditate in a step-by-step format. Then, you can concentrate on relaxing and meditating, rather than worry about your technique or your form.
Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. Guided meditation is like delegating your mind momentarily as you follow the instructions and you pay attention to how it feels as you listen to affirmations and you allow the music and the words to guide you to a better state of presence.
Guided meditations are great for suggesting new approaches and for helping you to create self-nurturing routines. It is like daily mental flossing hygiene that can help you achieve alignment with your social, emotional, and spiritual goals. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds, and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide or teacher.
Guided Meditation: Transform Your Life With A Blissful Experience and A Balanced Life
Throughout the centuries, people all over the world have used meditation to transform their lives. They have used it to improve their health and to better manage their emotions. However, there is more to meditation than meets the eye. It can improve many aspects of your life. Here are some of the ways that meditation can change your life:
Meditation can help you make better decisions. You won’t be operating on autopilot. You will gain better control of your mind. You become more aware of what’s going on in your life and you can make the necessary changes to transform it.
Meditation helps you become more loving and compassionate towards yourself and others. If you’re one of the many people who have the tendency to put themselves down and you want to change the way you have been treating yourself, meditation can help you stop thinking on autopilot and start being more aware of your inner dialogue. You will then start telling yourself more positive things. When you give yourself more love and appreciation, you will find it easier to love and appreciate others.
Meditation can help you banish anger, fear, and other negative feelings. When you meditate and try to be more positive, that doesn’t mean that you have to ignore or repress your negative feelings. On the contrary, meditation allows you to confront these feelings without shame or judgment toward yourself or others. Confronting these feelings will help you to know yourself better, accept yourself just as you are, and work towards overcoming these negative feelings.
Meditation can help you have better relationships. It can help you be truly aware of the present moment. This helps you to be a good listener. You also stop being judgmental and be more forgiving because you no longer see them as they were in the past. You give others the freedom to be who they are without burdening them with expectations for the future.
Meditation can help you to be more productive. It helps you focus by helping you to be clear about what you need to do at the present moment. That way, you won’t overwhelm yourself by thinking of all the things that you need to do or try to do things all at once. It helps you have a laser-like focus while you do things one at a time. It also helps you finish your work a lot faster because you are not distracted by anything in your environment or by intruding thoughts.
Meditation can help you stop worrying. Worrying is thinking about the worst that can happen in the future. Meditation helps you focus on the present moment. As the hunas of Hawaii would say “Manawa; now is your moment of power.” You can exercise some control over your future by being in the present moment.
Meditation leads you to acceptance. People often say, “Life is unfair.” Meditation helps you look at your present situation without judgment. When you accept life just as it is, it is only then that you can transform it for the better. Making positive changes will be easy because you will then be in the path of least resistance.
If there is a particular area in your life that you want to transform, the best form of meditation can practice is guided meditation. It is easier than meditating all by yourself because, when you listen to your guide, you are less likely to get distracted.
More importantly, guided meditation sessions are designed by experts to help you attain a specific goal making it easier for you to change a behavior or attitude which then leads to transformation. It is no wonder that guided meditation is sometimes called “the lazy man’s” meditation.
Finding Bliss and Balance with Guided Meditation
Meditation is focusing your presence in the present moment. Another way of putting it is “Meditation is being present in the present.” It is the practice of quieting the mind and turning it inward.
Meditation is not just for Buddhists and Hindus, but for people of all faiths. If you are not religious, you can still benefit from regular meditation both physically and psychologically.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Health further state that meditation has been shown to decrease the incidence of insomnia, anxiety and depression, aid in the cessation of smoking, reduce anger and promote feelings of optimism and wellbeing.
It’s A Positive Chemical Reaction For Healing
During meditation, your body produces and releases good chemicals, giving you positive thoughts and feelings and jumpstarts your immune system. Meditation helps the body heal itself. It also helps protect it from illnesses. Here are some of the good chemicals that your body releases during mediation:
Endorphins are neurotransmitters that act as painkillers. They are also responsible for the sense of happiness and well-being that we sometimes feel. They are also believed to lower one’s blood pressure and are said to help fight cancer. When you exercise, you may experience an emotional high. That is because exercise stimulates the production of endorphins. When you meditate, you also experience these pleasant feelings because meditation also causes the body to release endorphins.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that influences mood and behavior. Low serotonin levels are associated with depression. Drugs that inhibit the reuptake of serotonin (like the bestselling Prozac) are prescribed to those who suffer from depression. However, you wouldn’t want to be pumped with drugs and suffer the adverse side effects that can sometimes be risky. Fortunately, you can increase your serotonin levels by meditating.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid, also known as GABA, is another neurotransmitter that your body releases while you meditate. GABA stabilizes mood and helps ease anxiety. Low levels of GABA are associated with addiction. Those who meditate are found to have increased levels of GABA.
The human growth hormone or HGH is another hormone that is released when you meditate. While meditating will not make you grow taller, it will protect you from a reduction in bone density and muscle mass associated with a decreased level of HGH due to aging.
Melatonin is a hormone that helps you sleep restfully. It is produced by your pineal gland. However, stress can lower the production of melatonin. Meditation relieves stress, thus enabling your body to produce more melatonin so you will sleep soundly and wake up feeling refreshed and revitalized.
Psychological Benefits Of Living In The Present Moment
Meditation helps you change the way you think and feel by making you focus on the present moment. In the present moment, there is no place for your fears and worries because they are about the future. Also, when you are meditating, you become aware of your feelings. Dr. Phil McGraw said, “You cannot change what you do not acknowledge.” When you become aware of the way you think and feel, you can now decide to change your thought patterns and therefore change the way you feel.
Some people think that meditation weakens the mind and makes you vulnerable to outside influences. The truth is meditation actually makes your mind stronger. You are in charge of your mind. You can only be influenced by anything outside of you with your permission. Meditation allows you to shape your inner world by taking control of your mind.
Why Guided Meditation? Isn’t That Like Cheating?
Meditation is a skill. It requires focus. Refocusing your thought to your mantra or any object of meditation can be challenging. You need to be gentle yet firm with yourself. You must learn to gently nudge intruding thoughts aside and go back to your point of focus. However, if you want an easier route to being in a meditative state, guided meditation can get you there.
Guided meditation is a form of meditation where you listen to a guide as he or she leads you into a peaceful meditative state. This may be done “live” or you may use a guided meditation recording. It is easier to focus and visualize when you follow a guiding voice. Meditation may be combined with hypnosis to achieve certain goals.
Is guided meditation less effective than meditating on your own? The answer is no. On the contrary, guided meditation may even be more effective. When you struggle to focus, you end up not being a meditative state.
Meditation should not be a struggle. It should be pleasurable. Guided meditation removes the struggle and makes it easier for you to have a blissful experience.