Meditation
Dharma and Purpose

Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation is a therapeutic process in which one or more practitioners meditate either by themselves in private, in groups, or through a written guide, sound recording, visual media containing spoken words or music, or an audio recording.

Guided meditation, as the name suggests, is when a trained individual or experienced teacher gives guidance to a group of people in meditation. It is done through the conscious effort to let go of worries and concerns, and just be present with the experience. It helps improve one's spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and social well being. There are many health benefits to guided meditation. Guided mediation has been used for stress management and to reduce the effects of anxiety and depression. A very positive aspect of guided meditation is that it can be practiced anytime, anywhere, even when you are at work. It can help reduce the amount of stress, anxiety and depression that you feel on a day to day basis. In order to use guided meditation effectively, you will need to find a way to focus your mind during this practice.

Focus and Concentration

Focusing your mind does not mean that you should forget what you are doing; rather, it means that you should allow your mind to travel freely. For example, when you practice guided meditation you can think about how the flowers in your garden are blooming, you can relax and imagine yourself lying underneath a waterfall, or you can think about the feeling of floating on the beach. One of the main purposes of guided meditation is to allow you to experience the inner states of bliss. When you meditate you become aware of the pleasurable sensations that your body naturally experiences. Meditation icon Your mind can wander, but the important thing to keep in mind is to return your attention to these pleasurable sensations. By doing so, you will soon find yourself experiencing the pleasure of being touched by the hands of a gardener, hearing the soft rain fall on your skin, seeing the birds in your garden or feeling the gentle breeze brush against your skin. Once your attention is directed towards these pleasant feelings your mind will begin to calm and your focus will broaden. While practicing guided meditation, it can help to train your mind to concentrate on the sensations that you are feeling rather than on the emotions that are associated with them. For example, if you are feeling stressed out, a good place to begin your meditation would be to take a few minutes to feel the tension slip from your shoulders.

Progressive Relaxation

As you feel yourself relax, you will notice that you are able to concentrate on nothing else except those pleasurable sensations that you felt just before starting your meditation. These pleasant sensations are very much like the emotions that you felt when you first started meditating. However, instead of feeling sad or worried you will find yourself feeling more pleased with the situation. This change in emotion can help to make your meditation sessions more beneficial. One great thing about guided meditations is that you will be learning how to use positive affirmation. Positive affirmations are statements that you can repeat to yourself during your meditation practice. The truth of the matter is that whenever we are confronted with a negative thought, our brains send out an automatic negative message to us. Guided example By using positive affirmations you can instead reprogram your brain to think more positively and send out a different message to yourself. Guided meditations also allow you to develop skills for dealing with stress. Stress is one of the main causes of diet related health problems. The more stress that you can learn to deal with during your day-to-day life, the better control you will have over your emotional eating. You can develop the ability to control your emotional eating by practicing guided meditation. It will not only help you to relax and cope with stressful situations you will also learn how to handle stress effectively. If stress is one of your major symptoms of depression, you may want to consider using guided meditation as a way to deal with it. Although there are many benefits of guided meditation, some people still wonder if it can help them deal with their emotional eating. Although it can, you may not be able to pinpoint exactly what it is that you are trying to solve. This is why it is important to first make use of traditional meditation practice in conjunction with guided meditation. You will then be better able to pinpoint exactly what you need to be working on to stop yourself from binge eating.