There are guided meditation classes that can be taken from a variety of different locations. Some of these are audio guided meditations that can be downloaded from an online resource, either for free or for a minimal cost. There are also some video meditations that can be downloaded as well from these online resources.
There are stores that people can go to and buy CDs and DVDs that contain these guided meditations in audio or video forms. The classes that can be taken might be a mix of guided meditation and also a physical exercise, such as yoga.
The purpose of these audio guided meditations is to teach each person how to relax and clear his mind so that the anxious thoughts are done away with and the person can have a more relaxed demeanor more of the time.
This is healthier for the mind and the body, since the stress that occurs due to anxious thoughts does not have time to build up in the body when the person meditates on a regular basis.
What to Expect
Usually the first part of a basic guided meditation in audio form will instruct the person on how to sit and how to breathe properly. These are the core concepts to meditation and all the rest of the techniques rest on them.
Once the person can master the sitting and breathing, thus clearing the mind, he will be ready to handle the imagery or other meditations on religious topics that he is given. The audio guided meditation will instruct the person to sit on the floor with some sort of padding beneath him. The person should sit cross legged on the floor if possible to do so without pain.
Whatever the seated position, the back should be straight rather than slumped over or leaning on something to give the person a sense of alertness even while relaxing. This helps the person not to fall asleep when doing the audio guided meditation, which is easy to do when in a relaxed state.
The next part of the audio guided meditation will usually focus on the breathing and clearing out of any thoughts other than the focus on the breathing. The person will focus on the air going into the lungs, concentrating on how it feels from the time it first enters the body to the time it fills the lungs completely.
Then it is still followed when the person exhales. In this way, the anxious thoughts are pressed out of the mind and the person is relaxed and ready for the next steps in the audio guided meditation.