Take a deep breath. In and out. In and out.
Meditation is a common practice. Guided meditation is one variation of it that is becoming all the rage. What is guided meditation? Well, it is perfect for those that don’t know how to meditate. All you have to do is listen. Sounds simple, right?
What is guided meditation?
It is all about connecting with your subconscious mind. According to Medium:
Your subconscious mind is a power plant of raw creative energy that can be harnessed and directed toward healing, self-improvement and even help you achieve spiritual growth.
Your subconscious operates on belief. It is tuned in, 24/7, to your thoughts, words, feelings, attitudes and moods, and it will respond to all of them — even if they are contradictory or negative.
What are the benefits?
According to the same article linked above, guided meditation has the following benefits:
- First of all, it slows down your brain waves and triggers certain growth hormones called HGH. HGH helps control your metabolism and blood sugars.
- Also, it reduces cortisol which causes stress and affects your thyroid.
- Guided meditation helps balance your hormone secretion, like your thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones.
- It allows your body to rest and improves the quality of your sleep.
- Plus, it alkalizes your body, fighting against the acidity caused by negative thinking and stress.
- Guided meditation decreases inflammation and pain.
- Also, it helps you manage anxiety and depression.
- It can also reduce fatigue.
- Guided meditation improves brain function.
How do you practice guided meditation?
To help you get started with guided meditation, check out these resources:
- Online music services like Spotify or Apple Music
- Podcasts like Meditation Oasis
- Mindfulness websites like Mindful
- Apps like Calm
- Yoga studios
Make it a habit
Like anything else, it will be more effective if you make it a habit. It usually takes between 30-90 days for something to become a habit. So, until you get used to it, write it in your planner.
You can do it at the start of your day. This can be beneficial if you are looking to start the day with a clear mind. Many people wake up stressed about all they have to accomplish that day. Maybe they are headed to a stressful job. Maybe they are stay at home parents drowning in domestic responsibility.
You could also do it before bed. That can help you wind down and calm your mind for a more peaceful sleep. You might even be able to find some restful music to play in the background while your sleeping to encourage optimal brain activity during sleep.
Things to keep in mind
- It will be a little strange at first and your mind will wander. That is completely natural.
- There is no “wrong” way to practice guided meditation. Everyone is going to practice it differently. The main point is giving it a try and staying committed to it.
- When the meditation is over, give yourself a minute or two to absorb it and enjoy the calm before returning to your day to day activities. This helps your mind transition out of the calmness of meditation more effectively.
Guided meditation is becoming more popular for a reason. It is a very effective practice that with time and effort can help you smooth over your emotional rough spots. Doing so, you will become a calmer, happier version of yourself.
Have you ever tried guided meditation? If so, what resources would you recommend?
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