I’ve been “prescribing” meditation to my patients for years but it can be very difficult to establish a regular practice on your own. One of the simplest solutions is Guided Meditation.
What is Guided Meditation?
Guided meditation is simply “meditation with the help of a guide”. It’s one of the easiest ways to enter a state of deep relaxation and inner stillness, and it’s one of the most powerful ways to eliminate stress and bring about positive personal change.
We know that meditation in its many styles, offers invaluable health benefits from the reduction of stress and anxiety, to even lowering blood pressure and improving chronic pain. Starting with guided meditation allows you to learn how to meditate with the help of an instructor who can take you through the process, giving you confidence that you’re doing the “right thing.”
Guided meditation is simply “meditation with the help of a guide”. It’s one of the easiest ways to enter a state of deep relaxation and inner stillness, and it’s one of the most powerful ways to eliminate stress and bring about positive personal changes.
How Does Guided Meditation Work?
Guided meditations can be experienced either in a class with the help of a meditation teacher, or by listening to a guided meditation recording. Most guided meditations follow this general format:
Your meditation guide will ask you to sit comfortably, or in some cases, you may choose to lie down. You then listen to your guide while they lead you through a series of relaxing visualizations. As you gradually relax and become more and more still, stress fades away, and your mind becomes clearer and clearer.
While you are in this deeply relaxed state of mind, your subconscious is open to positive suggestions, and your guide will use this time to take you on an inner journey that is designed to improve one or more aspects of your life. For example, a guided meditation might be tailored towards personal empowerment and positive thinking. Another might focus on emotional healing or spiritual development. You might be taken on a guided journey to unleash your full potential, or you may choose to go on a guided meditation journey simply for the sheer pleasure of experiencing profoundly deep relaxation.
As you can now see, a guided meditation can be an experience that is not only relaxing, but one that enhances your sense of self, that transforms your perspective in positive ways, and that inspires you to live your life to the fullest.
It’s an effortless and very enjoyable experience that results in deep relaxation, elimination of stress and a heightened appreciation of life.
At the conclusion of your guided meditation, your guide will gradually bring you back to a state of normal awareness, leaving you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed. A guided meditation might be as short as 5 minutes, or as long as an hour, depending on your personal preference. In most cases, a guided meditation of 15 minutes or longer is recommended if you wish to experience a truly deep state of relaxation and maximize the positive benefits of meditation.
Washington Center for Women’s and Children’s Wellness (WCWCW, LLC) now offers guided meditation and power naps via Recharj Bethesda at WCWCW. Our grand opening is on November 15, 2017. We’ll offer three classes a day, to start, Monday through Friday in our beautiful and relaxing new “meditation space”. Recharj has joined WCWCW to create Recharj Bethesda to provide our patients access to the numerous and wonderful benefits of meditation, power naps, and deep relaxation as part of our holistic wellness offering to improve the lives of our patients.
For more information on classes and to sign up, please visit https://recharj.com.