Understanding Guided Meditation
As an infant, you wouldn’t have imagined learning all the alphabets on your own. Indeed, the need for a teacher was obvious.
Similarly, at the cosmic level in order to learn any new meditative technique or to learn how to meditate, the guidance of a guru or a teacher is invaluable. Guided meditation is one such technique through which an individual can meditate in the guidance of a trained guru or teacher.
At the subtler level of the human body, even the minutest of things are of great importance.
For instance, even a slight variation in the breath during the process of inhaling or exhaling can have severe effects on the body. Thus, proper guidance is the only key to establishing a harmonious relationship between the body and the mind.
How to practice guided meditation?
Traditionally, guided meditation was practiced only in the presence of trained teachers or ‘gurus’. But with the advent of technology, the practice of guided meditation has become more accessible to its practitioners. There are videos and audio lectures available by trained practitioners to provide an insight into the practice of meditation.
You can begin practicing guided meditation in the following way:
- Sit in a comfortable posture like a ‘Sukhasana’ or ‘Vajrayana’.
- In the next few minutes, you will be taken through a short exercise of guided meditation. Now close your eyes and fold your hands in a ‘Gyan Mudra’.
- In the meditative state, if you wish to return to your original state, you can do so at any moment by opening your eyes.
- Now exhale and imagine all your negativities emanating from your body. Inhale deeply. Continue this process.
You may imagine different thoughts coming to your mind, but that’s okay. Continue to breathe in and breathe out. Just be passers-by and watch as your thoughts pass. Do not attach yourself to a thought.
Other Ways To Practice Guided Meditation
You can also practice guided meditation by using meditative music as a tool. Several types of research have suggested that listening to the music of a particular frequency can help calm the mind and is therapeutic in nature. It can help relax the mind by enabling it to emit theta and delta waves.
However, based on your consciousness, the effect of healing music can different human minds can be different.
Today, the term guided meditation is being used as an umbrella term for several meditative practices. Some of them are using meditative music, self-reflective diary-keeping, guided imagery, etc. Guided meditation is an excellent starting point for beginners. The practice involves focusing the mind on the present moment and self-awareness.
However, it is important to realize that not all such practices are equal. It should not be used for intense meditative practices related to Chakra awakening. The reason is that any misguidance in the process can have adverse effects on the human body.