The benefits of meditation are becoming much more mainstream. About time! When we live life in the fast lane, it’s important to take a step out and just relax. Life is a balancing act, trying to appease to relationships, career, education, finances and a tonne of other distractions. Life seems like an endless cycle. It can lead to stress, anxiety and depression which in turn can seem like a never ending story.
When we find ourselves in this ‘depression’ we live out of fear with no self esteem, constantly in the mind creating stories that make us more fearful. We live like mice when we have the heart of lions. However we have it in us to transform this. We hold the key to the successful, happy, fulfilled life we have been craving. We just have to sit and listen for a change rather than distract ourselves with TV, games and smart phones.
What is this magic pill you ask?
Meditation, and its free. All it takes is patience. It’s not just a new age nonsense fad. This is a heavily researched practice that is proven to have lasting physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Read about my personal experience with meditation here.
Guided meditation is no different to the tradition found in many cultures throughout history. Except someone else is leading the session. You can attend classes and groups or have one to ones. You can also listen to many found on Youtube.
Some guided meditation on Youtube sounds cheesy to begin with but once you look past it and generally relax and trust the process it can be hugely beneficial to your practice. Especially if you are just starting out.
Guided meditation is a great way to learn how to prepare and start your practice. If you just sit there with no real direction it can become boring and you will loose hope very early on. However the more you listen to guided sessions the more you will learn about the techniques used to get you into a meditative state. e.g. what to do with your breath, where to focus you attention, what and when to feel, what to notice etc. It will give the tools and confidence to start meditating by your self.
The facilitator might begin by asking you to be comfortable sitting or lying down. They will then use cues lead you through a visualisation to relax and let go. Taking you deeper than you could yourself.
As someone else is directing the session it allows you to focus more on your intention without getting distracted by the mind. If you want certain outcomes such as more focus then let someone else do the steering and you can just let go and join the ride. It’s a safety net allowing you to go deeper into your practice. Other goals or intentions could be:
- Relative stress
- Chakra cleansing and self healing
- Letting go
- Quitting smoking
Whatever your desired goals, if you have thought about starting a meditation practice, do it! I know it can seem daunting to begin with but with the help of guided meditation you are sure to feel the benefits for yourself. That will only encourage you to look into it more and try out different approaches.