What are Guided Meditations?

Guided Meditations
Guided Meditations

Guided meditations are being touted as one of, if not the best form of meditation today, not only helping people achieve a state of relaxation and allowing them to get rid of their stress, but also because it can trigger a lot of positive changes in a person's life. This article takes a look at some information about this type of meditation for those who are interested in learning more about it.

As the name suggests, guided meditations are a type of meditation wherein a person (either live or through a recording) walks listeners through the process of meditation by providing them instructions in how to do so. A guided meditation is available in audio form. In most instances, the audio recordings combine background music with a voiceover speaking in a calm and gentle manner that guides people to achieve a state of relaxation. The gentle background music helps the person relax and stimulates the right brain (the creative portion of the brain), while the voiceover stimulates the right brain (the analytical part of the brain). Because there is a voice that directs people in what they should do in order to meditate, guided meditations are much easier to do compared to traditional meditations, since the audio recording will essentially tell you what you need to do in order to help you relax and achieve a state of meditation, unlike unguided meditations where you're left to your own devices to get your mind clear and free from distractions. As such, guided meditations may be the perfect choice for those who are interested in learning how to meditate but don't know how to do it.

Make sure that you read the label carefully before purchasing a guided meditation audio recording, since guided meditations are designed for different purposes. There are guided meditations made to boost confidence, encourage creativity, stimulate the mind, promote relaxation, and improve sleep. Be sure to check what the recording is for so that you will be able to listen to the guide that will fit your needs best.

Unlike a lot of other types of meditations that originate from the East, the roots of guided meditation can actually be traced to the West. Some say that guided meditations were developed originally so as to boost a person's psychic abilities, or else improve spirituality. Over time, other guided meditations were made to help people achieve different purposes, including helping them relax, boost their concentration, and get better sleep. 

Another difference between guided meditations and other types of meditations is that the former primarily relies on visualization in order to help people relax and meditate. This can encourage creativity, as you will be taken on a visualized journey where you will be able to imagine yourself visiting imaginary lands. As such, you can experience different adventures every time, even if you listen to the same guided meditation, since it is up to you to imagine what place to visit. These imaginary journeys can also help you temporarily escape from your problems, since you will be able to distract your mind while you're meditating.

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