Do you use guided meditations regularly? If so, I have some important advice for you.
There is a multitude of ways to ‘experience’ meditation now. There are various online meditation courses, meditations classes, meditation webinars and meditation apps.
Guided meditations are a great tool to support your practice, but I don’t recommend using them until you are comfortable in your own meditation practice. I see too many people using them as a crutch because they don’t want to do the hard work themselves. Meditation isn’t about ‘pressing a button’ and having someone make you feel better. Its about training your own mind to be strong and in return you feel more relaxed and calm within.
Thus, my meditation tip is to stress the importance of getting guidance from an experienced teacher – especially at the beginning of your journey. This could be online or in person, within a group or on your own, depending on your situation.
And by ‘guidance’, I mean finding someone who will actually explain the concepts of meditation to you. This means joining an interactive session so that you can get clarification on what you are doing and experiencing. This will help you build momentum and become confident in your practise. There is nothing worse than wondering during meditation ‘am I actually doing this right?’
All of this said. I do think guided meditations have their place. I use them myself time to time. And I would like to provide one here for you now. So when you use it do keep in mind my advice above.