by guest author Johnathan Parker
Making guided meditation part of your daily routine can help you find inner peace and tranquility, reduce stress and transform your life.
Physically, guided meditation can help you relax, increase the oxygen circulating to muscles and even increase your energy. Emotionally, you may find yourself better able to handle crises and stress after meditating. Mentally, the practice can unlock creativity and increase concentration. Through guided meditation, you can learn to let go so you can discover your true self.
1. For your first meditation session, clear your schedule for at least twenty minutes.
Schedule your meditation for a time that you will not be interrupted by other commitments. Go to a quiet place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. Being able to focus on your practice is essential to exploring your greater consciousness.
2. Find a comfortable position.
There is no need to twist yourself into an advanced yoga position when meditating. Most people prefer to sit in a chair or on a cushion. Although laying down may be most comfortable, you risk falling asleep while meditating. Wear loose clothing and dim the lights, light candles or pull the curtains down. The goal is to create a very comfortable space that is not distracting, so do whatever feels best to you.
3. There are two ways to begin your guided meditation.
First, you can begin by drawing deep breaths into your lungs. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. It may feel awkward at first, but your body will soon adjust to the breathing rhythm and you can focus as the air enters and leaves the body. The goal of this practice is to relax your body and mind before meditating.
The second option is to use visualization techniques to calm and relax both body and spirit. Picture yourself in the outdoors. You may be relaxing under a tree or dipping your feet into a rippling stream. Whatever landscape you choose, imagine the sights, sounds, smells and sensations you would experience there. Think of the fresh, cool air, the song of birds twittering above or the sweet aroma of blooming roses. As you add details to your mind’s picture, you will start to feel more and more relaxed.
4. Next, ground yourself by committing to focus your energy on the present moment. Imagine you are a tree with roots that stretch deep into the earth. Feel the connection through your abdomen and spine. Focusing on this image can help you stay grounded throughout the meditation process.
5. After you feel secure, relaxed and grounded, focus your attention on your heart or chest. Ask your soul to come out of the heart and allow the spiritual presence to emerge. You may also repeat affirmations about feeling your soul or feeling love in your heart. Over the next few minutes, you will feel more connected with your inner self.
6. You may also ask yourself questions while meditating. You can ask if there is anything you need to know, who you are or ask for more insight. Imagine you are talking with a wise entity that unlock the answers to these questions. The answers will come from letting go through the meditation process.
7. Finally, remember to be grateful for the meditation experience and try to incorporate your greater consciousness into your daily life. While meditating, you may have pictured yourself in a rich outdoor scene where you noticed the feeling of grass on your toes, the sound of a breeze rustling through trees or the bright yellow of a daffodil. Try to notice these same details as you go about your daily life. Take deep breaths throughout the day to further connect with your inner self.
About the Author: Jonathan Parker and the author of The Soul Solution and a spiritual counselor with more than thirty years of experience teaching energy healing and enlightenment. As the founder of Quantum Quests International Inc., he created one of the largest libraries of personal growth audio recordings, with over 10 million copes sold worldwide. www.jonathanparker.org