Do you find it difficult to meditate? Guided meditation may work for you.
Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation and is an excellent way to help release the mind from catapulting constantly into worries about the future or over-dwelling on regrets of the past. It is accessible to beginners as well as experienced practitioners — simply lie down, get comfortable, and listen to the guided meditation.
Julie’s Yoga Nidra Albums
CALM — relieve stress and connect with a sense of inner peace
PURPOSE — bring more meaning and focused intention into your life
FLOAT and RELAX — guided meditation to add to the bliss of a floatation tank
An hour of Yoga Nidra is believed to be the equivalent of four hours of regular sleep
Why We Meditate
Our minds are almost constantly engaged in a continuous internal dialogue, jumping from one thought to the next.
Meditation gives us the opportunity to:
- focus inwardly
- experience silence
- create some space between the thoughts.
It is ultimately about developing mindfulness and insight; creating feelings of calmness, clarity and joy.
In most forms of meditation, you are training your mind to focus on the present moment; fully awake and calmly alert— you’re not trying to “empty the mind“; you’re simply observing your thoughts as they arise.
A single point of focus is a common form of meditation. This focus could be on the rhythm of your natural breathing, or on silently repeating one word or positive affirmation (mantra), or simply resting your focus , your inner gaze, on the place between your eyebrows. Again and again, the mind is likely to wander away from your focus point, and again and again, you simply notice that your attention has drifted and you draw your attention back to that single point of focus. This is meditation.
- If you’re new to meditation, be patient. Don’t judge your meditations as “bad” if you find you’re distracted. It is normal for thoughts to come and go—they don’t lessen the benefits of your meditation. You’ll receive the benefits anyway, even when you may not necessarily feel it was a “good” meditation.
- Be consistent. EVERY DAY, some form of meditation, make it a part of your routine. If it’s important enough, you will make time for it. Everyone can spare 10 minutes a day.
- Explore different styles of meditation to find techniques you enjoy. There are a myriad forms of meditation, such as a walking meditation, eating meditation, repetitive chanting, and many more. In all of these, you train your mind to focus on the present moment—which is really the only place in which life happens.
I wish you clarity, contentment, and meaning in your life; for you and for the benefit of others.