Meditation is a state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert. Authentic meditation enables one to focus on the present moment rather than dwell on the unchangeable past or undetermined future. This is just the beginning of an inner transformation that takes us to a higher level of awareness. This enables us to fulfill our true human potential.
Meditation has been practiced since antiquity, as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Some of the earliest written records of meditation (Dhyana), come from the Hindu traditions of Vedantism around 1500 BCE. The Vedas discuss the meditative traditions of ancient India. Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India.
Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It is one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions, deal with physical and psychological distress, and promote the peace of the present moment.
The problem, of course, is how to achieve this state as it may be difficult to do it alone. The practice of meditation requires some dose of determination and will-power, now that our lives are busier we get easily distracted. As you have a guide or a teacher during this session it will help your subconscious to reach a point of deep contemplation, relaxation and reflection easier.
Guided meditation requires nothing more than a comfortable and quiet environment. Here you will be guided to relax your body and mind while helping you reach a deep meditative state before going on a journey (in your mind) to reach your specified goal.
Any guided meditation will fall in one of the following categories:
Traditional Meditations — The practitioner is simply there to “illustrate” or “guide” the way for your attention, in order to be in a meditative state. There is more silence than voice in it and often no music. Their purpose is to develop and deepen the practice itself with all the benefits that come with it.
Guided Imagery — The practitioner makes use of the imagination and visualization powers of the brain, guiding you to imagine an object, entity, scenery or journey. It is a form of meditation оr ѕеlf-hурnоѕiѕ thаt allows ѕоmеоnе to guide you through and асhiеvе a ѕресifiс оutсоmе. This could be - finding an ideal job, lоѕing weight, quitting ѕmоking, оr just tо rеduсе ѕtrеѕѕ. The purpose is usually healing or relaxation.
Relaxation & Body Scans — These help you achieve a deep relaxation in your whole body. The practitioner is usually assisted by soothing instrumental music or sounds of nature.
Affirmations — Generally combined with relaxation and guided imagery, the purpose of these meditations is to imprint a positive message in your mind. In particular, your subconscious mind, to change your behavior or attract and gain what you desire in life.
Guided meditation can help calm the mind and relax the body. Meditation is the act of focusing the mind to relax, improve inner awareness, and make positive mental or physical changes.
What Should I Expect During a Session?
The practitioner will help and guide you throughout the session. We’d advise sitting in a quiet room where no one would disturb you during the session. When you start meditating, the promise is that you will experience peace, calm, bliss. The promise is definitely true, but it takes time. Your mind may still wander during the meditation sessions so the more often you meditate the better you will become at focusing on your breathing and on the present moment to achieve your desired outcome.
Controlling your mind is one of the most difficult disciplines out there – your mind begins to wander and suddenly you hear everything around you. If you have meditated in the past or are still learning how to meditate or are finding it hard to concentrate, then guided meditation may be the easiest way of getting you into the right frame of mind.
Meditation has a whole host of benefits including reducing stress, overcoming depression, encouraging restful sleep and improving your ability to learn, focus and connect with our inner selves.
Somatic Breath Therapy is a sophisticated form of conscious breathing that teaches you how to breathe fully, getting more oxygen to your brain and body, thus helping you.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program that helps you learn how to calm your mind and body. This will help you cope with illness, pain, and stress. MBSR teaches "mindfulness", which is a focus only on things happening in the present moment
These terms are usually more clinical or official but follow the same concept as guided meditation.