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What is the difference between meditation and guided meditation?

How often should I meditate or utilize guided meditation?

Should I try to meditate as much as possible?

What time of day is best for meditation?

Do I need to have a separate room set aside for meditation?

How important is posture when meditating?

Is there anyone who shouldn't meditate?

What are the physiological effects of meditation?

What is the difference between meditation and guided meditation?

Meditation is the practice of being quiet, turning the attention inward and focusing the mind. The body is relaxed, and the breathing is slow and deep.

Guided meditation is also being quiet, turning the attention inward and focusing the mind. The body is also relaxed, and the breathing is slow and deep. However, with guided meditation, you utilize the voice and speech of a "guide" or facilitator as the focus. The guide's voice may be used just to induce deep relaxation or it may be used to describe a series of images. You receive help in focusing to bring yourself into a meditative state, and visualizations are utilized to lead you to your own wisdom, energy and creativity as well as mental, emotional and physical self-healing. For meditation beginners, guided meditations are especially useful in helping the untrained mind learn to focus.

How often should I meditate or utilize guided meditation?

Best results come from meditating once or twice daily. However, much benefit can also be realized from meditating on an as-needed basis. Meditating once or twice a week is better than not meditating at all!

For beginners who wish to practice meditation regularly, 10 to 15 minutes once a day is a good start. After awhile you may wish to increase this to 20 to 30 minutes once a day or fifteen minutes twice a day. Guided meditations can be substituted for any one or more daily meditation sessions.

Should I try to meditate as much as possible?

Meditation taps into some very powerful inner energy. Accessing this energy is very healing and uplifting, but it is best to do so gradually. Meditation also can release stored negative energy. This can be thought of as a degree of emotional and physical detoxification. This may be particularly noticeable to beginners. If this is accomplished slowly and gently, you are more likely to continue with your meditation practice.

Most people report feeling more positive, relaxed, serene and loving in their daily life. Many experience greater clarity in thoughts and feelings and new insights into themselves.

What time of day is best for meditation?

The best time of day to meditate is a specific time period that you have available to you for meditation. It is helpful, however, for beginners to experiment with different available times to see if meditating during one particular time of day produces a more enjoyable meditation session. It is preferable to meditate prior to a meal rather than after a meal.

Do I need to have a separate room set aside for meditation?

It is not necessary to have a special room for meditation; however, it is advisable to use the same location for meditation each time for habit's sake. This can be as simple as a specific corner in your bedroom or den. More important is the atmosphere of your meditation "place". It should be a quiet place, free from any type of interruption. For teleclasses, it is advisable to use a speakerphone so that your hands can be free.

How important is posture when meditating?

It is most important to keep the spine straight. The ideal posture is the lotus position as it keeps the spine automatically in its natural upright and straight position. However, as this posture is not physically possible for most of us, sitting in a cross-legged position or in a chair with good support is a good position. Many beginners find it is easier to lie prone; however, caution needs to be exercised with this position as participants may fall asleep.

Is there anyone who shouldn't meditate?

Anyone who is experiencing serious depression, psychosis, hallucinations or states of disassociation with the self should not meditate. If you are experiencing unresolved issues dealing with past trauma such as rape, assault or abuse, it is best to get the approval of a medical professional before beginning a meditation practice. Participants are responsible for their own results. If you are unsure of whether intense self-examination may be damaging for you, consult a licensed therapist.

What are the physiological effects of meditation?

There have been many medical studies performed on the benefits of meditation. Meditation has been demonstrated to reduce high blood pressure, depression and anxiety. It benefits certain sleep disorders, balances the endocrine system, and balances the two hemispheres of the brain (this is thought to increase creativity and the ability to make rational connections between varied events). It has also been demonstrated to lower pulse rate, decrease metabolic rates and make changes in the concentration of serum levels of various substances.



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