Meditation Series 3 Guided Meditations
Mediation is a valuable way to feel calm, relaxation, release of anxiety, clear mindedness, and understanding your own self energetically, emotionally, and spiritually.
At times, meditating while sitting still and watching the days thoughts float by is almost impossible for some people. Our minds are too much in motion. (Monkey chatter or Magpie chatter.)
So in order to meditate the standard way, no thoughts just sit and focus on nothing, can be really hard. But you can still meditate! Have you ever heard of guided meditations?
Meditating with a guided meditation is super easy and is very healing. This type of meditation is advisable for beginners and anyone else who has trouble with a standard way of meditating. I've been meditating for at least ten years now and I still will use guided meditations on and off.
Guided meditations are a great way to introduce yourself to sitting quietly and relaxing. There are many benefits you receive by simply sitting quietly. Benefits of meditating link by Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-it/201309/20-scientific-reasons-start-meditating-today
Guided meditations tend to be a easier way to meditate because you follow words and you imagine beautiful settings. Your mind has something "to do" other than trying to release all the days events. Many people have a hard time with sitting still, let alone with a fairly calm inner world in their heads.
I know when I started to meditate, about 10 years ago, I was always thinking (up in my head). To be up in your head means you're not in your body/in the present moment. You're on "auto-pilot." Being up in your head, you miss out on what is going on in the present moment; feeling emotions from yourself and others, feeling what your senses are feeling/smelling/tasting, not experiencing what you were meant to experience due to being in the past or the future moment. (which do not exist! The past is gone. The future is not created yet. Being in the present moment is the only place that actually exists!) Living your life in your head and in the past or future is not a healthy way to live your life.
I have enjoyed guided meditations from Belleruth Naparstek by Healthjourneys. She has a series of different meditations that give you "self-help" and general wellness. A few of them are: General Wellness, Self-Confidence, Mastering Menopause, Trauma, Panic Attacks, etc.
There are many guided meditations listed on Youtube. Another guided meditation I have enjoyed is:
It doesn't have to be hard to start meditating. Just start off slow. Find a quiet place in your home or outside. If you're unable to get away to a quiet-private place, try meditating with your earphones on in a fairly calm area. For example sitting in the city park by a water fountain. Try walking slowly through a green area of the city listening to your guided meditation. Or even use your bath time as a time to meditate with your guided meditation. I do suggest you do not lay down and meditate. You will fall a sleep. To receive all the benefits of meditating, you will want to stay awake.
Here is a guided meditation by Belleruth Naparstek to use for Stress Reduction.
Enjoy and have a great time finding yourself.
By Cynthia Bergsbaken of Reiki in the Prairie LLC