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.
Do you find it difficult to sit in silence, in meditation? This is where guided meditation may work for you.
Yoga Nidra With Julie – Guided Meditation Albums
Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation and is an excellent way to help keep the mind focused on the present moment. It is accessible and beneficial to beginners as well as experienced practitioners — all you need is a willingness to lie still and listen to the guided meditation.
You can use the Yoga Nidra techniques on their own, or in addition to the practice of sitting in silent meditation.
The key is to practice some form of meditation every day, even if it is just for 10 minutes. Guided meditation can make this more accessible so that meditation becomes an easy routine you don’t want to miss.
How to “do” Yoga Nidra
The state of Yoga Nidra is a feeling of calm alertness: awake but relaxed, as your mind becomes more restful, yet still attentive as you listen to the guided meditation.
The practice of Yoga Nidra is simply the practice of awareness, of observing everything as it is during a guided meditation—sensations, thoughts and emotions. It is typically done lying comfortably on your back. You may also be seated, if this is more comfortable.
You’ll hear verbal cues to become aware of sensations in the body and to become aware of your natural breathing. Sometimes images are described for your mind to imagine or visualize. These techniques bring your mind to one point of focus, settling the conscious mind so that you will be receptive to hearing and accepting positive statements.
Here, you will state your intention (or sankalpa, in Sanskrit), your positive statement for how you would like your life to be —it could be good health, a calm and peaceful mind, confidence and success, patience or courage, a change in your relationships — whatever your heartfelt desire is. Working with positive statements at this subconscious level is how Yoga Nidra can truly become a gateway to transformation.
Read more in this Yoga Nidra article.
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“It is heartwarming and rewarding for me to receive feedback on how these Yoga Nidra albums have brought ease and clarity to so many people. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your meditation practice.” — Julie
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An hour of Yoga Nidra is believed to be the equivalent of four hours of regular sleep!
If you are buying the physical CD, you can also enjoy the photographs of the monarch butterfly which I watched emerging from its chrysalis in our garden. The photographs capture some of the magic I experienced as I witnessed the marvel and mystery of nature unfold in front of me.
Some final notes…
- 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, through the practice of Yoga Nidra. Namaste.