Guided Meditation teaches us how to be the casual observer. Being the casual observer in our daily lives means we can be proactive as opposed to being emotionally reactive. Not that we don’t have emotions but, we can acknowledge and allow the emotions to flow through us with ease and grace. When the emotions flow through us, they do no cause us stress – they do not have the potential to build up in our system and cause us harm.
Guided Meditation asks three (3) things of us:
– To connect with our imagination.
– To connect to our breath.
-To remain present and enjoy the journey without expectations.
Accomplishing these three (3) things creates a place where self-healing can begin.
Guided Meditation asks us to connect to our imagination by using our 5 internal senses – seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. Once activated, the imagination becomes the bridge to our subconscious. It is the subconscious that shapes the way we react to and interact with the world around us. It is the subconscious that never waivers from our highest purpose, our highest good, our true path.
The rate and depth of our breathing has an enormous effect on how our body functions. Chest or shallowing breathing occurs when we are stressed. By consciously breathing deeply and slowly, we can create a shift in our autonomic nervous system from the fight or flight mode to the rest and digest mode.
The trickiest part of Guided Meditation can be to remain present and to enjoy the journey as opposed to thinking about what needs to be done tomorrow or what we need to buy at the grocery store on the way home. There are a couple of techniques we can turn to when we wish to reconnect with the present.
The first technique if to focus on our breath. To focus on our breath means to purposefully follow one or more breath cycles until our mind stops wandering. A breath cycle consists of an in breath and out breath. We follow our breath as the breath enters through our nose, travels down and into the belly and then as the breath rises up and out.
The second technique is to visualize a giant red stop sign in front of us. The stop sign can instantly bring our mind back to the present, to the here and now.
My philosophy regarding Guided Meditation
We will experience what we are meant to experience. There is no right or wrong. Every experience is personal, every experience is unique and every experience is healing.