Meditation is about relaxing the body and mind to achieve mental clarity – how we get to this desired mental state is an individual choice and journey.
Why Practice Guided Meditation
Practicing mindfulness and meditation is a proven remedy for multiple ailments. It is a powerful tool with helping us overcome stress, anxiety, work through mental illness, and to deal with challenging life situations leading to improved well-being and becoming emotionally stronger.
So why guided meditation? Well, we are all culprits of letting our minds wander during a meditation session. In our opinion, there are two types of wandering thoughts:
- We regurgitate the events of the day, and plan for tomorrow; or
- We explore inner peace, personal growth, relationship building, and relaxation
The latter is what we want to achieve, and guided meditation can help us.
Alternative Types of Guided Meditation
Not all guided meditation involves sitting in the asana position with closed eyes. The type of guided meditation we choose is dependant on the results we want from the session. Below are our four methods of guided meditation.
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Mindfulness meditation can be practiced anywhere.
We recommend first to identify the negative emotion. Is it sadness, anger, disdain, or hurt? Secondly, choose a suitable activity such as walking, running, hiking, painting, or dancing.
The STOP method allows us to take the time to observe what is happening around us and proceed with the best activity to work through our behaviors.
A positive affirmation is repeated through our mind when we practice guided meditation. It helps to turn negative thoughts – subconsciously conjured in our mind – into a mantra.
Mantra meditation is a powerful, guided meditation that subdues frustrations, anxieties, and depression. Professionals are trained to help us identify what our negative thoughts are, and together, we can create a case for why they are not valid.
In, two, three. Hold, two, three. Out, two, three. Hold, two, three. Repeat.
A simple task above allows us to take control of our minds. We can use this before walking into a stressful meeting or before responding to hurtful comments. It reduces stress and anger, ensuring that our response is not emotionally fuelled.
Our final thoughts, practicing guided meditation daily can help us to become emotionally stronger. With frequent practice, we can quickly recognize a negative emotion and commence the suitable guided meditation technique before spiraling out of control.