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Guided Meditation or Self Meditation?

Guided meditation is a wonderful tool to help you handle life’s challenges. If you have ever practiced meditation or done any research on it, you know that there are many ways to meditate and thousands who will passionately tell you that meditation has helped them find a happier way of life.

There are two primary types of meditation: guided meditation and self-meditation. People who are new to the practice often struggle with the question: Which is the better choice for me? My recommendation for newbies is guided meditation.

It can be difficult for beginners to achieve the consciousness level they desire when they try to meditate on their own. Guided meditation makes it easier because it leads you carefully and artfully into a state of relaxation.

Having someone guide you through the process who knows exactly what steps to take to reach that still, quiet place within is a wise choice for the beginner.

If you are just exploring the possibilities and/or are still not sure whether this is something you want to do – or have time to do (as I believed for many years), you should consider signing up for The Stillness Project –an event in which over a million people globally will be led in meditation by Tom Cronin.

This event could be the perfect way for you to find your inner strength and clarity of thought that can guide you through the rest of your life.

How Does Guided Meditation Work?

Guided Meditation

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First, the guide will ask you to sit (or lie down) in a comfortable position. Then, he will lead you through a series of tranquil visualizations to help you relax, to clear your mind of stress and worries.

An important part of guided mediation includes learning how to relax the muscles in your body – one area at a time. The meditation will help you slowly release tension that you may be holding onto without even realizing it.

After being guided through the muscle relaxation steps, you will be guided through breathing exercises that will relax you even further.  As you move through the process, your mind becomes clearer and clearer.

In such a deeply relaxed state, your subconscious mind is open to positive suggestions – for healing, positive thinking, spiritual development and more.

You don’t have to do a thing except listen to the guide and follow his lead. You don’t have to worry about what is coming next because a guided meditation gives you clear instructions that take you from beginning to end.

You are not required to meditate at any particular time or in any particular place because of the ease and convenience of technology that we have available.  Guided meditations can be played on your iPhone or your laptop or even in your car’s DVD player.

As you become more and more experienced and grow in the practice, you can mediate any time you need a calming break to re-center yourself.

If you choose to incorporate meditation into your daily life, you will gain a wonderful calmness about your person, you will learn how to let go of stress, and your ability to think clearly will be stronger than it has ever been. Finally, there will be a powerful connection between your mind and your body that will support every task you choose to undertake.

I encourage you to check out The Stillness Project to see if it could be the perfect first step for you to take in this amazing journey.

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