We are often told that meditation is a valuable skill to learn. But as a beginner, getting started with meditating can be hard to achieve. We look at how guided meditation can benefit beginners.
What Is Guided Meditation?
Meditation is the practice of sitting in a quiet place and focusing on your breathing and body.
The term can be applied to various techniques, from mantra-based centering to mindfulness exercises to reduce stress.
Meditation is generally used in conjunction with other spiritual practices, such as yoga and Buddhism, but it can also be practiced by itself or alongside another sport or hobby.
Meditation has been traditionally practiced for thousands of years to calm the mind and body before facing difficult challenges.
With a guided meditation, a teacher will lead you through the process by encouraging your mind to focus on their voice. The guide may lead the meditation in the form of a video, audio or in person.
Why is Meditation Helpful?
Meditation is an activity or state of mind that promotes clarity, stillness, and relaxation. It’s a means to train your mind and body for any activity, sport, or job.
Meditation can be used to improve focus and concentration, reduce pain and tension, eliminate negative or self-destructive thoughts, and enhance awareness.
Why learn to meditate?
Meditation is the practice of stilling your mind to gain insight, cultivate positive feelings, and promote a sense of wholeness.
Meditation helps you find clarity and peace, even amid chaos. It’s a way to train your mind and body for any activity or challenge you may face.
It also enables you to learn how to concentrate more effectively on your sport or job — whether it be skiing, ice skating, hockey, or golf.
Making time to meditate
It’s important to make at least fifteen minutes a day for your meditation practice.
One way is to spend fifteen minutes at the same time every day in the same quiet place — your living room, bedroom, bathroom, or garden. Another approach is to set aside a certain amount of time on weekends or afternoons for Meditation — anywhere from two to ten minutes.
If you do an exercise program on a particular machine or piece of equipment, you might have several slots devoted to meditation sessions so that you can meditate while exercising.
The kind of Meditation used depends on your personal needs and goals.
Guided vs. silent Meditation: Which is right for you?
Guided Meditation is a more active approach where you repeat a particular syllable or phrase, an image like the sun or moon, or a mantra. Guided Meditation usually has a specific purpose and goal.
Silent Meditation is less active and takes place without reciting words or phrases. Instead, you sit quietly with your mind and body in the present time, focused on the breath coming into your nostrils while watching thoughts flow by as they naturally occur.
If you choose guided Meditation, your goal is to practice regularly each day with the same focus and purpose in mind. If you choose silent Meditation, you intend to meditate regularly within an hour of rising each morning using no goals or objectives.
Is one form of Meditation better than another?
Both forms of Meditation are useful in achieving specific goals and objectives, such as reducing stress, improving focus and concentration, or relaxing during stressful times.
However, if you have no specific goal or objective, it isn’t easy to choose one particular form of Meditation over another.
Many popular meditation apps offer both guided and silent Meditation. So what’s the difference, and which is right for you?
Guided Meditation is a good choice if you’re looking for direction or instructions on meditating in the morning and right before bedtime.
Guided meditation apps provide direction for meditating, goal setting, and a timer to help you keep track of your practice.
The focus of guided Meditation is generally more on psychological benefits and controlling the mind.
Silent Meditation is a good choice for people who aren’t interested in the psychological benefits of guided Meditation, but still want some control over where their mind goes (or doesn’t go).
Silent meditation apps are more popular because they allow complete freedom to your thoughts, and it’s easy to do this while sitting quietly in a chair or lying down on the floor or in bed.
Silent Meditation is not necessarily a form of Meditation focused on psychological benefits. However, it can be an excellent way to bring your attention to the present time without much expectation or control.
The type of Meditation used in silent meditation apps may include guided and silent forms, plus other uses such as relaxation, healing, raising energy levels, and developing positive mental states and habits.
The benefits of guided Meditation
- Guided meditation apps reduce distractions so that you can concentrate on your breathing and body during practice or competition. This can help reduce muscle signals such as those caused by neck pain, back pains, or tension-related injuries.
- Guided Meditation helps you learn to stay in the present time. This reduces unnecessary tension and anxiety related to emotional problems associated with past events (such as a difficult practice session) or imagined situations (like an upcoming game).
- Guided mindfulness meditation lets you learn to respond more effectively in a wide range of stressful situations. For example, during a challenging competition, you can use the Meditation to respond more effectively by focusing on the present moment, relaxing your muscles, slow breathing, and letting go of tension.
The benefits of silent Meditation
- Silent Meditation is a good choice for athletes who prefer a less active approach to Meditation. It’s also appealing because it’s easy to do while exercising on a piece of equipment or while resting in the locker room.
- Silent Meditation is a good choice for any athlete or person who finds it difficult to concentrate or relax due to thoughts interfering with the process of meditating.
- Silent Meditation has been linked to improved performance in numerous athletic activities and improved emotional well-being (calming and relaxing) during stressful times.
How to Get started with Guided Meditation
- Begin your guided meditation practice by sitting in a comfortable position that allows you to sit easily without becoming too tense or too relaxed.
- Then turn off any distractions that interfere with your ability to focus on each word, phrase, or idea being repeated.
- Choose an exercise or piece of equipment that is used regularly. This is important because it will help you create a routine for your morning and evening routine.
How to find a Guide
There are many meditation teachers, trainers, and coaches in many different areas. They’re found in a variety of settings.
For example, you can find one near your workplace, live, play, or train. Or, you can look online for someone who offers guided Meditation in your area.
You can also search the internet for “guided meditation courses” or “guided meditations.”
You can join a group or company that offers guided practice once each weeknight or weekend evening.
Set your intent and intention before starting your practice.
For example, you can say to yourself: “I’m going to meditate today, and I want to connect with my purpose, strengths, and energy. So I’m going to focus on everything that’s good and optimistic.”
You can also say something like, “I know I will have a great practice today because my intentions are strong and powerful.”
Remember what you’re focusing on during this very first sitting. Try to notice what you’re thinking.