Can 8-Minute Meditation Give You a Quiet Mind and Change Your Life Forever?

July 20, 2015

What exactly is meditation? It seems that so many people nowadays are hooked up with this form of activity. By definition, meditation is often used to describe the individual’s state of intense attention on an object of awareness or thought. The individual tries to turn his or her attention inward. Meditation is said to be of Vedic Hinduism origin. This is usually practiced in the eastern religions but now even the western culture is already involved in such activity.

People want to practice meditation so that they can focus their mind to God for their personal development, to attain peace of mind, and to be healthier.

Many Americans are now involved in some form of meditation. According to Time Magazine there is one meditation practice that can be used by almost anyone. This can be considered as the basic primer of Americans wanting to begin meditation but have no idea where to start.

There was a book published November 2005 authored by Victor Davich that is all about the 8 minute meditation. If you purchase the book and study it carefully, you will learn a lot of things about meditation, and you can do it in just 8 minutes.

Almost every individual who starts with anything new to him or her will often have lingering questions, hopes, and doubts about it. There are even people who hopes that when they begin to meditate, they will be enlightened. Or perhaps you’re one of those individuals who think that meditation is just like an exercise or diet that you’ve been trying to do for the past few months. But these things are normal; so don’t be surprised if you’re also like that.

The best thing to do is to face all the positive and/or negative expectations, and after doing so, forget about them and start with a clean slate. If you want to try the 8-minute program of meditation, you should learn how to approach it one minute at a time.

While many people think that meditation is a simple practice, then you’d better think twice. You might not notice it, but your mind is always racing from here to there. You can’t concentrate. According to the book’s author, you must watch your breath. This is the very first step to meditation. Do your inhalation and exhalation by breathing deeply. If you always do this and just keep on practicing, you can become good in meditation.

As a word of reminder, if you catch yourself thinking about other things, or in other words your mind strays off, focus again on your breathing. After all, meditation is all about concentrating and if you realize that you’re not on the right track, you can always return to that state of mind gently. Don’t get discouraged easily and just keep on practicing. There is a popular saying that says practice makes perfect; so always keep that in mind. If you quit easily, then you will remain a quitter.

Meditation can help you in achieving peace of mind. With all your problems at work, in your family, and the entire world, you should at least experience a few minutes of peace. Don’t miss this chance to attain personal development at no cost at all.

A Survey of Basic Meditation Products and Tools

December 7, 2014

The market today is awash with all sorts of products that are supposed to help in meditation. This abundance of goods is a far cry from what was available two or three decades ago and some critiques feel that they direct too much attention to external paraphernalia rather than the internal or inward focus of the act itself. Nevertheless, many practitioners use meditation products in their daily exercise and if you want to explore the option of using them as well, a brief survey of basic products available would serve you well.

Meditation Beads

This particular product is highly obtainable in the market today. These beads are alternately called prayer beads, meditation beads, or malas. Malas are used to keep count of the times that a mantra is mentally repeated, recited, or chanted. They are comprised of 16, 27, 54, or 108 beads with one large bead called the Guru bead. This stands for the Guru from whom a disciple has received his or her mantra. Malas are strung with three, five or nine threads which are symbolic of Buddhist beliefs.

Prayer beads can be made from a wide assortment of materials, which add their own energy to the act of meditation. For example, malas made of gold or silver is supposed to increase lifespan while those made of quartz crystals are believed to lend themselves to healing as energizers. Turquoise beads give wisdom while those made of mother of pearl cleanse and purify. Malachite beads help bring harmony. Beads made of Rudraksha beads or even human bones are used while reciting powerful mantras meant to drive away evil spirits. Evidently, the latter are not meant for ordinary occasions.

Singing Bowls

Singing bowls, actually standing bells, are often referred to as ring gongs, Himalayan bowls, suzu gongs, or Tibetan singing bowls. The sound produced by striking a Tibetan singing bowl is said to facilitate the release of mantras while its vibrations are supposed to calm and balance the mind. Traditionally, these bowls were used during meditation. They were also used to signal the beginning and the end of sessions. Today, however, their utilization has branched out to many other fields of endeavor. In classrooms and workshops, they are used to help focus attention. They are also used in massage therapy, in psychotherapy and cancer therapy.

Choosing a bowl does not require special expertise. The important thing in this task is to find a one that beckons to you and produces a sound both soothing a joyful to you. Because these bowls do not usually come cheap, take your time when looking for one and do not just settle for a bowl thinking it will do.

Candles, Incense and Fountains

Each of these three meditation products is meant to produce the environment that makes meditation easier. At no other time has such a limitless variety of these meditation products been available both in specialty shops as well as over the internet. None of these are prerequisites for success in meditation, but if you think they can help, by all means get some and put them to good use.

Aside from creating the atmosphere for meditation, candles in themselves have been used in a distinct technique. This technique involves using a lit candle as a focal point while letting thoughts come and go. A similar use is to visualize that the flame of the candle is flowing in with each meditative breath.

Incense is said to purify air and rid it of negative energy. Working on the sense of scent, its aroma is supposed to provide tranquility thereby leading to a calm, positive state of mind. When you use specific incense while meditating, you send signals to the brain that it is time to prepare for meditation. Partly because of this, incense used for meditation should be exclusively devoted to the activity. This helps in setting not just the atmosphere, but also a person’s total disposition.

Fountains are a popular product today although they may be used more as home and garden accessories rather than aids to meditation. Fountains produce the soothing sound of water trickling or falling and these are supposed to help activate good energy and build inner harmony. There are no special requirements in choosing a fountain for this purpose except that it should be placed in an area where a person can really have the space and silence needed for meditation.

Getting What You Need

Online buying is today’s most popular method for acquiring meditation products and you might choose this option to get the tools you need to improve your meditation. Specialty shops also offer good choices with the added advantage of you being able to actually see and even test the products. Through entire selection process, remember that the products only work when they suit you so keep in mind that they are only useful if you know without reservation that they are right for you.

Eight Easy Steps to Learn to Meditate

July 13, 2014

Many people look at meditation as a difficult undertaking performed exclusively by those who have devoted years to the practice. Actually, it is something that can be learned quite easily for as long as a person is determined to do so.

Eight Easy Steps to Learn Meditation

• If you seriously want to learn to meditate, a first step to take is to determine a time and place for you to do the exercise. In the beginning, designating a set schedule for meditation is important to make sure it is done. This simply means setting aside fifteen to twenty minutes daily. The place for meditation need not be large or fancy but it has to be an area where you can have peace and quiet and where you can be comfortable.

• Once you have established the time and place for your meditation, it is time for the second step, which will actually start the actual process. No matter what branch or form of meditation you espouse, everything starts with the proper posture. If the lotus position is too difficult for you, you can just sit comfortably in a chair, as you would normally do. Make sure that your back is straight but not tense. Relax your muscles, your limbs, and then your entire body.

• Once you feel your body has settled into the proper position, you are ready for the third step. Begin to focus on your breathing. Take slow deep breaths while being conscious of taking in and letting out air. Continue until your breathing becomes even and rhythmic. This should go on for about three minutes.

• Execute the fourth step when your breathing has come to a relaxed and slow rhythm. Start the internal process of meditation and distance yourself from your mind. Observe your thoughts and emotions as if you were a witness. Do not make judgments of thoughts that go through your mind, simply watch them while continuing to breathe slowly. If some thoughts bother you, do not let yourself be engaged. Instead, be conscious again of your breathing. After a few minutes, you should reach a point where thoughts are less chaotic.

• Proceed to the fifth step in totally getting into meditation and visualize. You can think of yourself as a mountain or a rock sitting peacefully, able to withstand the strong wind, the rain, or the heat. As you breathe in and out, feel the serenity in your entire body.

• The sixth step involves expanding the tranquility of your mind to embrace all human beings, all of creation and the entire planet. Acknowledge that you are a part of this vast universe just as it is part of you. Feel this elemental unity as you continue to breathe.

• Go on to the seventh step once you are full of the knowledge that you are part of everything and everything is part of you. Now, be aware not of your physical body but of the immortal part of you. This is the part that goes beyond death, the part which survives the decline of the body

• The eighth step will bring your meditation to another level. Visualize peace and happiness welling up from within you and send it out to the world. Mentally utter wishes for all people to be happy and at peace. Continue to breathe deeply and each time you exhale, release your prayer for love and goodwill so that everything and everyone around you is covered with it.

• Finally, the ninth step will end the experience. Conclude your meditation by slowly coming to an awareness of your physical body. Allow your consciousness to focus on your limbs, your back, your chest, your neck, and your face. Then open your eyes slowly and continue to sit quietly for a few more minutes.

The Best Way to Learn to Meditate

Once you have gathered the information you need, the most effective way to learn to meditate is to try doing it. In the beginning, it may be difficult to be still or it may be hard to detach yourself from your own thoughts. Relax and persist in doing meditation daily and be assured that in your own time, you will achieve the state of balance and serenity that you seek through meditation.

Arriving at a Basic Understanding of Tibetan Meditation

February 12, 2014

Tibet has long been considered a mystical land steeped in the spiritual practice of meditation. There are records spanning more than two millennia of how generations of lamas have brought their school of meditation with its techniques to its highest forms. Through the decades, Tibetan meditation has become an intricate web which contains practices from yoga and martial arts.

Although Tibet is pictured of as distant and secluded, its meditation practice show knowledge and techniques gathered from India and China. How this has come about is difficult to ascertain due to the secrecy which surrounds lamaseries. Scholars acknowledge that the Tibetan practice is rooted in Indian Vajrayan,

Fundamental Concepts

Chakras are an essential concept in the meditation practice that has been handed down from generations of Tibetan lamas to followers all over the world. These chakras are often defined as vortexes or wheels that are believed to be energy centers regulating different organs of the body. For example, some chakras are supposedly linked to different glands and nerves in the spinal cord. Western medicine in its study of anatomy makes no acknowledgement of any such centers and their links to organs that regulate body functions but chakras remain an underlying thread in this branch of meditation.

The common belief among practitioners is that there are seven main chakras. These are the crown, the brow, the throat, the heart, the solar plexus, the sacral and the root chakra. Under the root chakra, one finds another set of so-called lower chakras. These chakras are active during deep meditation so that both the body and the mind are healed, strengthened and made vibrant. Like other forms or schools of meditation, the Tibetan branch considers breathing a pillar in achieving the desired state of mind and body. Through the smooth circulation of a person’s breath, blockages in the body are resolved and energy is allowed to flow through.

Other important components of this type of meditation include the concept of communing with nature or keeping an intimate union with the earth. There is also the use of mantras which are considered sacred sounds drawn from Sanskrit. These mantras provide a link to the energy that is connected to a state of enlightenment.

Many are attracted to this particular meditation practice because of its reputation for holding the secret of the fountain of youth, the source of renewed vigor and virility. Serious practitioners however make no such claims and they consistently state that calmness, peace, health and enlightenment are the goals of meditation.

An Overview of Techniques

It is important to take note that meditation, practiced in the Tibetan way, is closely linked to yoga. A group of techniques known as The Five Rites has been attributed to Tibetan meditation for many decades. This involves a performing a series of movements done while meditation as opposed to solely maintaining fixed poses.

Other styles have come to fore in the last few decades. Some contend that there are techniques such as the Technique of the Dragons which can be used to master the energy of one’s subtle or nonphysical body for healing oneself and others, for spiritual growth and awareness and even for etheric travel or astral projection. For very advanced practitioners there is even a technique to raise one’s body heat and withstand extreme cold.

Regardless of the specific technique involved, the fundamental steps for Tibetan meditation are similar to other meditation procedures. A person begins by assuming a comfortable sitting position, back straight, shoulders relaxed, hands on one’s lap and legs simply crossed if the lotus position is too difficult to execute. After the proper posture has been achieved, the person then begins to breathe from the belly and starts to focus on his or her mind. He or she allows thoughts to come and go, observing, recognizing and accepting them as if he or she were an outside witness. The thoughts and emotions that are positive and helpful are encouraged or energized. Those that are negative and destructive are discarded.

Tibetan meditation may sound exotic and mystical to the uninitiated but with time and patience, it can be learned and even mastered. On a pragmatic level, it is supposed to help achieve a clear and calm mind, lower blood pressure and improve posture. More than this, many claim that it helps in conquering addictions and improves memory. Given its benefits, the practice is very much worth a try. For those who are seeking a healthy body and a better way to go through each day, there is no better time to make the effort than today.

Finding Peace in Chaos – Without a Pill

September 5, 2013

Is your life chaotic? Are there a million things pulling at you from the time you arise to the time you go to sleep. When you lie down to get a nights rest so you can begin again, does the chaos keep pulling at you? Do thoughts about what must get done, what can go wrong, how to cope with this or that family problem just keep running through you mind? Do you wake feeling as tired as when you went to sleep? The chaos of our lives produces stress. Of course there are pills. And everyday we hear about the sometimes fatal side effects of pills that were at first touted as seemingly safe solutions to this or that malady including high stress levels and insomnia.

What if you don’t have to take a pill? What if finding 10 to 20 minutes of quiet time a day can assist you to find more balance in your chaotic life. Numerous studies are resulting in findings that suggest that meditation in its many forms is a safe, effective method of bringing order to the chaos.

Meditation takes many forms including just focusing on your breathing, listening to a guided meditation tape, focusing on an object like a candle or flower. There are active meditations such as writing, walking a labyrinth, dance meditations and many forms of yoga. In almost all of them attention to your breath is key. Some Buddhist traditions suggest just sitting zazen or sitting and noticing what your mind does. In this practice you become the witness to whatever “noise” your mind may make.

Candle flame meditations are relaxing as well. Sit comfortably on a cushion, chair or on the floor with your spine straight and a lighted candle in front of you. Just watch the flame. Allow yourself to become absorbed in the movements of the flame as it dances to and fro. Start by taking a few deep breaths and then just begin to breathe easily and normally. Feel the relaxation flow through you as you watch the flame in its effortless dance. This may be the way man discovered meditation – watching the flames of the campfire at the end of the day.

Free Form Writing as an Active Meditation

August 4, 2013

Meditation is a way to access those places in our consciousness that allow us to make intuitive leaps, and find creative, out-of-the box solutions. Sitting quietly and focusing on the breath is a familiar and popular form of meditation. So, too, are gazing quietly at an object or listening to a guided mediation. Active meditative exercises are less often thought of as meditation. But, they, too, serve the same purpose, that of quieting the chatter of the mind and allowing us access to the wealth of creativity in our subconscious.

One active meditation is free form writing. Here’s how it works. Free form writing meditations are usually done writing long hand so you’ll need both paper and pen. You can write on a lined pad, on plain paper or in a journal. The idea is to write continuously, not stopping, not taking your pen from paper, just writing whatever comes into your mind.

If complaints come to mind, write those. If judgment about what you are writing comes to mind write them down. If you hear sounds around you include them in your writing. Write about what you are feeling as you write. Are you bored with this exercise? Put that on the paper. Are you outside or inside? Include that. What are you physically feeling? If you are outside, can you feel the heat of the sun, or a soft breeze? Whatever you are feeling, include it in your writing.

How long should you write? Opinions vary. One well-recognized creativity specialist says that 3 pages of free-form writing when you first arise in the morning will serve as the spark for continued creativity throughout the day. Feeling scattered and unfocused? Then a page of this kind of writing may be just enough to bring you present and current with what’s you next step.

Remember, the purpose of this writing is not for creative publication. It is not even intended to make sense or to serve any purpose other than the action of writing itself. It is a form of active meditation. The content is not important. It’s the action of doing it that produces the meditative result. A side result may be important “ah hahs”, or creative leaps you didn’t expect. However, don’t expect these on a daily basis. The purpose of free form writing is achieved in just doing it.

Is Dance Meditation?

July 2, 2013

Mention the word meditation and the first thing that comes to mind is sitting quietly and focusing on breath or a candle flame. Expand your thoughts a bit and you may include guided meditation or guided imagery tapes, relaxing music or chanting a mantra. But dance? Can dance be considered meditation?

The idea of meditation is to focus us in the present away from our worries and stresses and to quiet mind chatter that takes us into the past or future. Sometimes the practice of just sitting quietly opens an even greater space for mind noise and it takes great discipline detach from it. Dance movement brings our focus away from the mind to the body.

Don’t confuse meditative dance with ballroom dancing. In ballroom dancing each step is precise, patterned and counted. The idea is to execute the steps correctly, and any deviation from proper form usually engages mind comments. It is possible for ballroom dancers to be come so accomplished that they move beyond the thought process of accomplishing each step in the right way, dancing into a flow and ease that approaches the meditative.

Meditative dance movements vary with the music. The act of listening to music engages the brain in such a way as to stop the mind chatter and the body movement brings the practitioner present in the now.

The music may vary in rhythm. It may be soft and flowing; bold and territorial; patterned and trance like; lyrical or playful or even move into the quiet of stillness while moving from one rhythm to the other. As the body moves form one rhythm to the other the experiences within the meditative state change. Flowing, circling, rounded movements tend to connect one to more emotional experiences while fast repetitive, patterned movements promote a more trance-like state.

Dance as meditation involves listening, feeling, moving all in the present moment, thus bringing the practitioner into a freedom from the cares and worries of the past or future.

Exploring Walking Meditation for Daily Living

June 5, 2013

The usual image of meditation is that of a perfectly still person sitting in the lotus position while staring distantly at a center of focus. Actually, this is not the only way that a person can do meditation. In fact, one of the most interesting techniques to look into today is Walking Meditation. This practice is rooted in age-old Buddhist and Taoist traditions, but it is one that can be carried out as a part of contemporary living.

Practical Benefits

For advanced practitioners of meditation, the most important advantage derived from this particular branch is that it provides a way to be in a state of mindfulness even while one is not in the lotus position. It can be fitted easily into daily living. This includes, for example, the act of walking to and from a parking lot or going from one office another other while at work.
This type of meditation is the more appropriate form when one is feeling sluggish or weary because it is invigorating. It is also a good choice as an activity upon waking up or after meals. During times of stress or strong emotions, rather than sitting in complete stillness, walking may be an easier way to achieve a state of calm and awareness.

Physically, this activity may not raise one’s pulse rate to the degree required by aerobics programs, but it still contributes to building strength and stamina if done regularly. Buddha is said to have told his followers that it would help build resistance to illness and disease as well as aid in the digestion of food. It is of course a given that the ability to concentrate improves with the constant repetition of walking meditation. More than this, it makes physical fitness possible in the gentlest of ways.

A Brief Guide to the Exercise

If you are interested in finding out if this can fit into your days, then try it. Ideally, a formal session takes about twenty minutes, but once you have grasped the essence of the practice, even the act of walking from one’s car to the supermarket becomes an opening for execution.

You can begin by standing with spine straight, shoulders relaxed and arms hanging down your sides. In this position, take long, slow breaths, letting go of all tensions and burdens as you exhale. Focus your attention on the parts of the body that are involved in walking. Relax and become aware of your jaw, neck, chest, belly, hips, pelvis, legs, and feet. Try to bring each part into a state of balance.

Center your attention on the ground before you then begin taking small steps. Allow your breath to be in tune with your walking, inhaling as you step forward with the right foot then exhaling as you step with your right. You can also inhale and exhale with more than a step for as long as you keep a normal, relaxed pace. When you walk, stretch out your ankle, the arch of your foot and your toes. Allow your entire sole to come in contact with the ground so that all the nerve endings and blood vessels are stimulated.

When the harmonized rhythm of your walking and breathing has been established, thoughts, feelings, and emotions may pass through your mind. Be aware of them, but neither discard nor hang on to them. Acknowledge them and let them go. Then, begin to visualize that you are paying homage to the earth each time your foot touches the ground. Enjoy each step and keep breathing to provide oxygen to all parts of your body.

Integrating Walking Meditation into Daily Life

When you become at ease with this kind of meditation you can pick up the challenge of integrating it into your daily life. Each time you have a chance to do so, be mindful of your walking. This, in itself makes you straighten your spin, balance your chin, relax your body. Then, be aware of the steps you take, visualizing that the sole of your foot is touching the earth and giving it the respect it deserves. These little windows of awareness alter the texture of your day in a positive way.

Walking Meditation is an easy, practicable way to change something mundane into a profound means to achieve healing. With meditation, walking becomes a tool to awaken the mind, nourish the spirit and strengthen the body. Best of all, it is probably the easiest way to transform something ordinary that you do every day into an opportunity for health and growth.

Creating Your Own Daily Oasis through Relaxation Meditation

May 5, 2013

Life in this millennium is usually busy, busy, and busy. Technological inventions such as the cell phone have made people more accessible and therefore, needs are now presented for accomplishing the moment they arise whereas they would have been delegated to the back burner two decades ago. Keeping one’s temperament and disposition on a strong and steady keel is often difficult when multiple tasks have to be done ASAP. It is therefore important for people to find some respite during the day to unwind and to regroup. Relaxation meditation can provide this respite for people who must battle daily stress and it would be a mistake to assume that only executives and businessmen do so. Excessive pressure and stress have become the constant challenge that even schoolchildren are not exempt from today.

Coping with Stress

Today many people cope with stress by watching television and immersing themselves in a favorite program. Some people sit and read books or the newspaper. Others find deadlier outlets for energies gone haywire by shopping or binging out on sweets. None of these really give the rest needed by a stressed out person.

People who have been rushing back and forth and who have been overly stressed need to find a way to restore balance to their overwrought nervous systems. Relaxation meditation can help correct the discordant rhythms produced by problems and pressures. Through its refined techniques, this particular practice of meditation can bring about what is called the relaxation response, which leads to a calm, centered, and relaxed body and mind.

Finding a Relaxation Technique That Works for You

There are countless relaxation techniques to meet different needs. The key to using this type of meditation effectively lies in finding out which technique you need to use. If you are agitated, tense, and angry, you need to find a set of exercises that will calm you down. Meditating with the use of serene music and imagery will probably part of the technique that will restore your balance. If stress and pressure make you withdrawn and depressed, your relaxation technique will entail healthy stimulation such as exercise. The goal of relaxation meditation is to reach a state of deep, alert, and active calmness.

Relaxation Techniques in Meditation

A primary technique in meditation to attain relaxation is deep breathing. This means breathing slowly through the abdomen and taking in your full capacity of oxygen. This improved supply of oxygen in itself will begin to relieve stress and anxiety.

Another technique that you can practice is isolating and relaxing the different parts of your body. After you have reached a relaxed state through deep breathing, systematically focus on the different parts of your body starting with your right foot all the way to your face. Center your attention on the part of the body you want to relax and squeeze its muscles while mentally counting from one to ten. Then, relax that part until you can feel it hanging loose. Do this with your left foot then the right and work your way upwards through your calves, thighs, hips and buttocks, stomach, chest, back, arms neck and face. The trick in using this technique well is to isolate the muscle group that you are working with and contract only those muscles. This specific technique will need a doctor’s go signal if you suffer from spasms or muscle cramps.

A similar version of this relaxation technique is to go through the entire body part-by-part and focusing on each part specifically while breathing deeply and imagining the oxygen flowing through that body part.

Visualization is the most commonly used meditation technique to achieve relaxation. To use this, all you have to do is sit quietly and do deep breathing for about two minutes. Then, put yourself in a restful scene of your choice. You may want to be in an island, a forest retreat, or even a cozy room. While you are in that special place, imagine the sensations each of your senses will experience such as the warmth of the sun, a cool breeze, and the sound of birds chirping or the sight of a flock of birds flying home to their nest.

Investing in Relaxation through Meditation

If you often go through stressful days and if you find yourself swamped by too many chores to do, too many decisions to make or too many needs to meet, try relaxation meditation to ease the pressure. Of all the branches of meditation, it is the simplest and the easiest to practice. All you need is your mind, your body and the determination to be kind to yourself. Having these three ingredients, you can create your own physical and mental oasis for the twenty minutes that will mean a brighter, calmer you for the rest of the day.

Looking at Guided Meditation as a Tool for Daily Living

March 3, 2013

The simplest definition of guided meditation is that it is meditation done with a guide. Usually, this guide comes as a more experienced practitioner. Today however, assistance can be obtained not only through another person, but also through CDs and tapes. Technology has indeed done a lot to make the practice of this type of meditation more easily achievable by people from all lifestyles.

Like all meditation techniques, this meditation this seeks to allow a person to go into a state of full relaxation and inner peace. Proper breathing, relaxation, and focus are achieved in the process thereby making it possible for a person to center his or her mental energies on a specific purpose. This meditation also uses visualization to achieve what cannot be realized on an ordinary plane by stimulating areas of the mind that would otherwise remain inactive.

Guided meditation can come in different designs. Some sessions aim to help achieve harmony between mind, body, spirit, and a person’s breath. Some sessions seek to bring about relaxation. Still some are meant to allow the inner voice to make itself heard.

The Benefits of Being Guided During Meditation

Most people who practice meditation do so in order to bring about changes in themselves and their state of mind. A good number want to be able to think more calmly, clearly and creatively. Some want to conquer their fears, control pain and anger, recover from some trauma or come out of a depression. Some want to find inner peace while others just want to relax. People who explore meditation as an option for whatever reasons they may have need to look at this meditation technique at the onset of their search because it is the simplest.

Guided meditation enables a person to listen to his or her inner voice, which is so easily drowned out in the noise of daily living. This inner voice can be the source of inspiration and direction. A person who meditates is in a better frame of mind to value the good things in his or her life. In addition, the mental, physical, and spiritual relaxation arrived at often means lower stress levels and undesirable conditions such as anxiety or depression. Because of the positive effects of this meditation technique or other forms of meditation, a person is more predisposed to be productive and efficient. It is also said that health and immune systems are given a boost.

Trying Out Guided Meditation

If you want to try this type of meditation, there are many tapes and CDs in the market to help you. There are even free guides available from the internet so finding material is not a problem. These CDs will contain instructions to take you through sessions and usually, they will have background music as well.

The first step in this meditation session is to find a place where you can have twenty minutes of full privacy and silence. Then, sit comfortably or lie down if your guide asks you to. Once you are settled in a comfortable position, your guide will lead you through a series of visualizations designed to relax you and enable you to become still. At some point, you can expect your feelings of stress to diminish. Your mind will also become capable of clarity and focus. When this happens, your guide will be able to assist you in achieving some specific purpose for your meditation. This purpose may be healing or personal empowerment or spiritual development or even the solution to a problem.

After five, ten, or fifteen minutes, your guide will gently bring you to the end of your session. You will find yourself relaxed and energized as you go back to your normal state of consciousness. More importantly, you will be looking forward to repeating this exercise to open up mind to the possibilities of doing more than you ever thought possible.

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