Individuals seek ways to manage stress and some resort to new age techniques such as meditation. Sounds of a word or a phrase is often repeated when meditating that brings focus to that sound. According to some religious groups, chanting can produce endorphins, a natural pain-killer that can help relax a person by relieving anxiety. Endorphins produce a natural high feeling to people who meditate.
Guided meditation is actively being taught by several religious groups like Mahareshi Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation and Hare Krishna. The technique for guided meditation is joining the group and chanting series of sounds using natural rhythm of breathing.
The sound of repeated breathing is akin to natural sounds like flowing water on a brook or even low tones from drums that make a person feel calm. When a certain sound is consistently repeated, vibration is caused since sound is a form of energy. Mantra sounds are known to hush the inner noise created by unwanted thoughts like guilt or fear.
A technique in effective guided meditation is uttering a mantra that heightens the awareness of a person. This creates heightened senses with a relaxed mind and body. Commonly, a sound for mantra is taken from an ancient Indian language known as Sanskrit.
It is believed that chanting such words during guided meditation is effective since the mantra stands for states of consciousness such as dreaming or waking.
Guided meditation is relaxing because breathing becomes heavy while chanting can create a sense of peace. The body is nourished by oxygen flowing and the mind in a resting state. Effective meditation can be enhanced through the use of music and instructional videos.
The video or music is guided by an instructor that eases the person to begin with the meditation. Music is calming and can be used to start the chanting with accompanying beats or tones in the background.
Visual images like nature can make the person focus sharply while uttering mantra sounds. Guided meditation can be effortlessly done alone with the help of the mentioned materials.