Guided meditation is an easy form of meditation that has become popular among beginners. In guided meditation, a voice, live or recorded, dictates instructions that are meant to usher the mind of the practitioner to a higher level of awareness or consciousness.
Although fifteen minutes is typically recommended, guided meditation can take as little as five minutes or last for as long as one hour. It all depends on how much time you are willing to spend as well as the level of relaxation you want to achieve. But just like with any form of meditation, always remember that it should never be rushed. It’s a practice that takes patience and most especially time to fully enjoy the benefits.
Generally, guided meditation is used to quiet the mind and induce calm and relaxation. But, it’s also used to effectively achieve personal and more specific goals such as strengthening one’s faith especially in Hinduism or Buddhism, letting go of a painful past experience, or finding the strength to forgive.
What to Expect in Guided Meditation
Whether there’s a real-life guru telling you what to do or you’re simply listening to a recording, you are technically working with a “leader” in guided meditation. The voice gives out instructions and you follow.
As a result, your meditative experience is not only dependent on the guide’s verbal directions but it will also be influenced by your narrator’s background or orientation in meditation.
It’s a factor you should seriously consider if you are particular in learning a specific meditation tradition. But if you’re still searching for the best meditation approach that would work for you, trying out different guides will help you out.
In guided meditation, you’ll be asked to sit or lie down. As you settle into your position, your guide will take you through a series of visualisations that depict serenity and peace. At this stage, the purpose is to relax, still your mind, and clear your thoughts. Slowly, your subconscious will open up, preparing you for the next deeper stages of meditation.
Once you’re deeply relaxed, your actual journey to achieving your purpose begins. Your guide will steer you with suggestions that will positively transform your perspectives, improve your sense of self, and inspire you to live a better life.
Regardless of the purpose you have when starting out, guided meditation is designed to make you feel good. You’ll know you’ve done it right if you feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed once you’ve returned to a state of “normal consciousness.”