Guided Meditation
Benefit by Experience...

Guided meditation is the best way to learn how to meditate. Guided meditation gets you away from thinking and into relaxing and experiencing. After reading this explanation, you can try the meditation down the page...

A surprising number of people try to meditate, learning just from books. Certainly, you can learn about meditation from reading. You can even learn to talk about meditation by reading. But it is very difficult to learn how to meditate from books.

guided meditation
Make no mistake--reading is wonderful. It gets you thinking! And thinking definitely has its place. But meditation is about being aware and experiencing, rather than thinking.

Reading engages your noisy brain even more. It's very awkward to have to stop meditating, check your book, close your eyes, then try to quiet your mind and get back into the experience again.

Guided meditation makes it much easier when you're learning how to meditate. With guided meditation you can close your eyes, let go of thinking, relax, have experiences, and gain new awareness. It really is worth doing, rather than just reading about. Let's get to it! Here are a few options for guided meditation...

1. Find a friend who also wants to explore meditation. Take turns guiding each other through the meditation below.
2. Record the meditation below on a tape using your own voice. Guide yourself through this meditation!
3. If you can stay focussed on your own, read the directions over several times, to gain a very clear sense of the meditation. Then try it.

These are simple directions for a guided meditation that is suitable for beginners...

Prepare a Space, Prepare Yourself
Find a quiet, comfortable place for yourself--where you will not be disturbed. Create a relaxing atmosphere. You may want to light a candle, light incense, or play some soothing music in the background.
Notice how you feel before meditating. Begin to relax in general. Take some deep breaths and perhaps do some light stretching.
Either sit upright, or stand in a comfortable position with an open posture. Close your eyes and focus your attention inward.

Meditation: The Tree Experience
Be like a tree, planted on the earth...
Your feet are like roots growing into the earth. Imagine your legs reaching down deep into the core of the planet. Feel how your roots anchor you on the earth, making you feel rooted and grounded.
Your torso is like a trunk standing tall. Imagine your torso reaching upward toward the sky. Feel the strength of your core gently growing toward the sun.
Your arms are like branches growing out from your core. Imagine your arms basking in the light of the sun. Feel your arms moving ever-so-gently in the breeze.
Your head is like a giant blossom on top of the tree. Feel your head, like a beautiful flower, basking in the light of the sun.
Your whole body is the whole tree. Its roots reaching way down into the earth. Its trunk reaching upward. The tree's branches flowing outward. And crown of the tree reaching toward the light of the sun...

Feel deeply connected to the earth. Feel strong and stable in your core. Feel the gentle movement and flow of your arms. Feel your crown reaching upward, basking in the light. Enjoy the tree experience as long as you like...

Closing...when you feel ready, take a few deep breaths and let go of the tree image. Gently open your eyes and slowly begin to move. Notice how you feel now, after meditating.

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