Are you intimidated at the thought of meditating? Have you tried to meditate, only to fidget and find yourself worrying about your day? A good way to start meditating is to use guided meditation. The idea of "clearing the mind completely" is definitely a common way to meditate but it is not the only way. By using a guided meditation, you will be directed to visualize certain relaxing scenes or positive feelings. This can be done easily by listening to a tape or CD with instructions on it. You can find guided meditation audio at many bookstores. Experiment to find audio that works for you - you may find yourself drawn to a particular person's voice or style. You can also create guided meditation audios for yourself. By practicing with your audio guide, you will find it easier to meditate on your own later.
I completely agree with this, Stephanie. I've been meditating on and off for several years now but I find that there are still times when it's difficult for me to focus, so I generally turn to guided meditations for this reason. I also like guided meditations because sometimes there are specific issues I want to work through--like fear or anxiety, etc.--and it's nice to do this in a contemplative environment.
You are definitely right that following guided meditations is a great way to start a meditation practice that will last. Guided Meditations are extremely relaxing, easy to follow, and vary in duration generally as short as 3 minutes to 30 minutes. The readers of my blog (
My Meditation Garden) have requested Guided Meditations so I created The Big List of
Free Guided Meditations. Please take a look around and let me know which guided meditation you liked best!