Introduction to Guided Meditation
What is meditation?
Meditation is the simple act of bringing awareness to the present moment. Anyone can do it.
Meditation can help you feel calm and relaxed, by helping your mind and body relax. It works by encouraging/training your brain to detach from thoughts, especially thoughts that cause stress, anxiety, and suffering.
Practicing meditation will help you mental, emotionally, and physically. Benefit include:
- Reduced stress
- Increased alertness and improved concentration
- Stronger immune system
- Reduced symptoms associated with anxiety, ADHA, depression, and insomnia
How do you meditate?
Meditation is usually done in a seated position, with eyes closed. If it’s more comfortable, you can keep your eyes open, with a soft, unfocused gaze. Then, often for a set period of time, you sit in silence or listen as a teacher guides you through the process. For beginners, try starting with guided meditation (including yoga nidra) or love and kindness meditation.
What is guided mediation?
During guided meditations, teachers lead 5 to 10-minute breathing exercises and verbal cues designed to promote deep relaxation and a fully present mind. They will also offer reminders to focus on your breathing to help your mind stay focused on the present moment and bring it back when it wanders.
I'm a beginner, how should I get started?
It’s best to begin with brief sessions (10-15 minutes), in order to become comfortable with the practice. The benefit of meditation comes from continuity, not duration. This means that it’s better to meditate for shorter periods of time every day, rather than once a week for an hour.