There are different sites that offer guided meditation information and also videos and recordings that can help a person to get started with the practice. These guided meditation sessions can be as short as a few minutes or as long as an hour, depending on the type of meditation that the person wants to experience.
These guided meditation techniques can be useful to people who are dealing with stress in their lives, allowing them to learn new breathing techniques and relaxation methods that can help to bring the stress level down. Whether the stress is from jobs, family or some other reason, utilizing guided meditation can be helpful in relieving some of that stress from the person’s life.
There are many different free guided meditation resources available in a variety of styles of meditation. There are some aspects of the practice that are similar in all of them. There are different breathing techniques that are taught to help make the mind clearer and to make the restless thoughts calmer.
This breathing technique is usually used as the initial stage of the meditation since it is core to the other techniques. Usually the person will need to sit on the floor in a cross legged position.
However, if that position is uncomfortable to the person so that the position becomes distracting to the meditative thoughts then another position that is comfortable should be found. Whatever position is found that is comfortable, the back should be straight to prevent sleepiness from occurring when doing the breathing techniques.
The Guided Meditation
Once the comfortable position is found, then the guided meditation usually leads the person to think about the breaths that are coming into and out of the nose. The eyes are usually closed or half closed and all attention is focused on the breaths that are being taken into and out of the body.
The voice in the guided meditation will continually refocus the person’s thoughts to the breathing so that the mind is cleared of the other restless thoughts. The guided meditation works to strip away the wandering and restless thoughts that the person might be having so that nothing else is thought about except for the breathing.
Once the mind is cleared to this relaxed but focused state, then the guided meditation can move to the issues that the person wants to work on in his or her life, like a loving kindness meditation, or a power meditation.