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I was talking to a friend a few days ago that I hadn’t spoken to since COVID hit. She was sharing how stressed she had been and when I asked her what she was doing to deal with it, she immediately said “don’t start with me on that meditation stuff, I can’t do it!”
I just continued to listen as she spoke and when she noticed that I wasn’t speaking she stopped and I began to ask her about her favorite color. My friends know that I don’t have “SAC”, (Standard American Conversations) I enjoy conversations that allow us to elevate ourselves. I’m always intuned with intuitive sparks and allow my intuitive guides to freely lead my speech.
I began by asking her about her favorite color and why it was her favorite color, what it felt like to be that color, and to breathe that color in and out. That led to another color and so on and so forth.
She started to breathe slower and she stopped talking, I lowered my voice and continued “guiding her”. This guided meditation continued for about 5 minutes and then I asked her to take a deep sigh and to send me a text. I wanted her to send the text so that she could ground herself and come back into her body. I asked her how she felt, she felt great and I told her she just experienced a 5 minute guided meditation. She laughed and said wow you tricked me into meditating, Thank you!
Guided meditation is not a new exercise it has been around for many years but with the stress of our new way of life due to Covid 19, many people are searching for new ways to manage their stress. Through the use of guided meditation practices, people who participate in these sessions are finding more calm and quiet moments in their lives, even when they are not meditating.
Guided meditation and private meditation were developed in the Buddhist community about 2,500 years ago and have recently experienced a resurgence. The Dalai Lama states that meditation is “a way for human beings to avoid suffering and find their own personal happiness.”The Dalai Lama takes guided meditation so seriously that he decided to meet with neuroscientists for a number of sessions to help them test the effectiveness of the guided meditation exercises.
He offered his opinions on the subject from his Buddhist point of view, but also engaged in the scientists factual understanding of meditation and its effects. Although the Dalai Lama stands by his completely spiritual and meditative practices, he cooperated with the scientists and showed them that he understands the importance of science and research on the subject.
Guided meditation was shown to be effective at calming inner thoughts and sometimes relieving ailments such as migraines.
The meditating person must first work to achieve an external focus during a guided meditation session. This is the most basic type of meditation and the easiest form to achieve. In the external focus session, the person must concentrate on an object in the room while still paying close attention to his or her own body.
The internal focus is a form of guided meditation that is found to be a little more challenging. In this form of meditation, the person must focus on occupying the mind with a mantra or another small but non-thinking task while concentrating solely on removing thoughts from the brain and relaxing the body.
The unfocused form of guided meditation is the most challenging form and it is the form where the person meditating can go the deepest into the meditative state. In this state of meditation, the person focuses on nothing and keeps the mind completely silent.
People who find meditation difficult, usually find guided meditation much easier to participate in. They are able to achieve their meditative goals and achieve a meditative state as they breathe and listen to a guided meditation.
Today I would like to offer you the color meditation that I shared with my friend. Start here with the Colors of Chakras meditation and let’s just see how calm you can become.
Shine Bright, The World Needs Your Beautiful Light!
To find more guided meditations, please go to my Meditation page.