I’ve always enjoyed meditating but have just recently began using it as a daily tool. After my morning exercise session I take fifteen minutes or so to reflect and relax. This is a great method for anyone trying to improve themselves, or a specific aspect of their lives.
Unfortunately for me, I’m not one of those who can simply sit in quiet and think of nothing. In fact, I wouldn’t even know how to start doing something like that. Just sitting here writing this has caused at least ten ideas to float in and out of my brain.
Instead I use guided meditation. I know where my meditation will lead me and I focus on that. I find this technique to be a lot easier than nothing … and a lot more stimulating.
So, what is guided meditation? To put it in layman terms, it’s meditation with the help of a guide. This can be different things really, a candle flame could be your guide, or gentle music, most common is a taping of someone as your guide instructing the meditation you listen to the words and allow your visualizations to follow. I prefer a combination of the three, in most cases I create my own meditations and record them for myself to listen to while meditating.
What do you need to meditate?
- A quiet space where you won’t be interrupted.
- A bit of time, anywhere from five to fifteen minutes.
- Use your guide and let it help your meditation.
- Be open to meditation.
Benefits of Meditation
To name a SMALL few …
- Lowers oxygen consumption.
- Increases blood flow.
- Slows heart rate.
- Relaxes Muscles
- Enhances your immune system.
- Makes you sweat less.
- Cures headaches.
- Helps control your thoughts.
- Helps to increase creativity.
- Increases Focus and Concentration.
There are countless of meditation techniques that can be utilized, and the benefit are even greater. I suggest trying a bit of everything until you find what works best for you.
Some of my favourite guided meditation sites are below, I hope you find them as helpful as I do.